Sunday, January 15, 2017

EL NIDO, PALAWAN - 3 Days, 2 Nights Itinerary and Budget (Travel Guide!)

So, you want to travel to El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines but don't know where to start or how to plan your trip? This blog post will show you how we were able to tour El Nido, Palawan for 3 days and 2 nights without going to a travel agency and with only a couple of thousand pesos in our wallets!



Destination : El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Point of Origin : Manila, Philippines
Travel Date : August 26 - August 28, 2016
Season : Wet (Rainy) Season
PAX : 2 Adults
Tickets Purchased : Urgent!
Our Budget : Php 20,000


Ideally, one would book tickets for a flight at least 2 months before the travel date. Doing so ensures cheap airline flights. This also allows the traveler to save ample amount of money for the trip. For one must be prepared physically, mentally and financially. But our story is different! We booked our plane tickets just a week before the flight! Crazy, I know!
The reason for this is because last July 2016, I got an offer from a Korean company to go to Seoul for a Blogger's event - all expense paid! I was 100% sure my passport expires May 2017. So, I was confident I still had a few valid months until my passport expires so I didn't feel the need to renew it before the Korea trip! I thought I was being smart! Actually, no! It was a crazy move! On the first week of August, I took my passport to comply with the requirements for the trip. Loe and behold, my passport expires January 2017!!! I tried to set an appointment at near DFA centers : Aseana, Alimall, Megamall, Manila mall branches, but to no avail! I even tried to book an appointment at DFA Pampanga and Baguio, but every office was fully-booked until October 2016! OMFG! I was so close to hitting myself for the stupidity until my BF told me "You know what, Korea is your dream destination and I always want to support you. Let's fly to Palawan so you could go to DFA Palawan!" He checks the DFA Palawan website and poof! Available slots 2nd, 3rd and 4th weeks of August! Next thing I knew, we were all set for Palawan! And since we were already traveling, my BF told me we're going to El Nido as well!


After my DFA Puerto Princesa appointment, which last for about 30 minutes, we booked a van going to El Nido. Next thing we knew, we were all dizzy and hungry while on the van going to El Nido! Yup, true story! *wink* KUDOS to DFA Palawan, too! Their customer service is exceptional! 

By the way kids, always renew your passport at least a year before it expires, even if you don't have plans to travel yet. You will never know when a travel opportunity would come and find out your passport is invalid. It's always best to have it and not need it. Than to need it and not have it. 

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Now that I've told you our story, let's move on to how YOU could make your own story in El Nido!



BUDGET


AIRFARE : Round Trip tickets for 2 people 

Our tickets were bought through AirAsia online. Since we secured them just a week before the trip, the tickets were expensive! We paid Php 11,106.80 for 2 PAX. (Or Php5,553.40 Each) Travel time from Manila to Puerto Princesa is short thus we didn't bother ordering food on the plane. We also traveled light and didn't have any luggage or bags to check in. Skipping those saved us from extra charges on the total cost of the tickets! 

If you were to ask me which cheap airline to take between AirAsia and Cebu Pacific, I'd strongly suggest you take AirAsia. The latter being one of the best low-cost airlines. And why I didn't choose Cebu Pacific? Simple, bad experience! Ohh, nothing... They just lost my luggage when I touchdown Hong-Kong in 2014! Read my Cebu Pacific LOST BAGGAGE story HERE.





ACCOMODATION : Centeno Inn, El Nido, Palawan for 3 days and 2 nights

We wanted to spend the entire time in El Nido, so we didn't book any hotel in Puerto Prinsesa. Honestly, I do not go for fancy hotels when traveling. To me, all I ever need is a place I could sleep, take a shower and leave my stuff. We settled for an inexpensive inn by the bay called Centeno Inn. We paid Php 3,557.96 for our 3 Days and 2 Nights stay. We booked the place through Agoda. You couldn't expect too much from the Inn, though. Considering the price you're paying. Í have to admit it was scary booking the inn at first since they didn't have a lot of reviews on Agoda.


The place looks like an apartment with only 4 units/doors. To some, it could be a downside, but we liked it better, really. Since there are only 4 units, the place is small and peaceful. It is also located right in front of the beach, only 5 steps away, so you sleep and wake up next to a beautiful view. The rooms are small, but decent, fully-air conditioned, has own bathroom with shower, TV, and Free Breakfast for 2! If you are coming as a family or group, it would also be a great idea to just get all the rooms so you have the place all to yourselves! Honestly, that sounds so much fun!  

Though, I reckon the door locks could still be improved for better security. I was worried the entire time someone would just kick it and be able to open because it only has one lock - a push-button door knob.



TRANSPORTATION : Puerto Prinsesa to El Nido back to Puerto Prinsesa

We took the plane from Manila to Puerto Prinsesa. From Puerto Prinsesa, it would take 5-7 hours travel by land. You have 2 options : either go by BUS or by VAN. We chose to go by van since I have motion sickness and easily feel dizzy on the bus. Van is more pricey but it would take you to your destination faster. Bus could take up to 7 hours while van, if the driver is alert enough, would only take 5 hours. Trip starts as early as 5 AM and the last trip is at 12 midnight. Van costs Php 500 per person, 1 way. So, from Puerto Prinsesa to El Nido, we paid Php 1,000 for 2 persons. And from El Nido, going back to Puerto Prinsesa, we paid another Php 1,000.

Just like with the plane tickets, we played a little game and didn't book any shuttle service ahead of time. We went for the "book it when you get there" thing. But I suggest you book yours ahead of time, especially if you're coming in Summer/Peak season! Here is the link to their website




The VAN ride was comfortable, thought it still made me feel dizzy. Be sure you pack few tablets of Bonamine to avoid motion sickness. Though, it would be a shame if you rode with someone that has strong body odor as you're stuck with the smell in a small vehicle for hours. Kids, don't let friends die of foul smell! The Philippines is a hot and sunny tropical country, please use deodorant before the trip. Hehe 

Getting around the town is easy, you only need to spot the tricycles. Though they tend to make the fare steep for foreigners and tourists. The standard fare is Php 10 per person. But they raise it to Php 50 or even Php 100!! 

Good thing is that there is little to no traffic in Palawan. Getting around town in a tryk is fun!





ISLAND TOUR: Island Hopping Tour A


There are 4 ways to enjoy the beauty of El Nido! That is through the 4 Island Tours that they offer. The tour costs Php 1200 - Php1,400 each. Since we were going for the "hipster" book-it-when-you-get-there trip, we didn't book our trip online, either. Instead, we just asked the owner of the inn where we stayed the night we got to El Nido. Yes, we love taking risks like that. (hehe) Since we didn't have enough time, we could only tour 1 day so we went for TOUR A. We paid Php 1,200 per person. 

You can book your Island Tours ahead of time HERE.

If you are staying for couple of days, they say the best Island Tour combo is Tour A and Tour C!




The use of safety jacket, goggles, snorkeling gear and towel are included in the Island Tour package worth Php 1,200 per person. It also comes with FREE Island lunch which I'll be talking about later. 

If you are taking TOUR A and are going to the Big Lagoon, you may be lured to renting a Kayak so you could explore the deep parts of the water. Kayak rental is Php 300 per boat for 1 hour use. 





FOOD : Lunch on the Island 

If you want to experience real island life, you must have your lunch on the island! Another thing to worry, you say? Actually, it's not! The lunch will be provided to you and is already included in the tour package. You get steamy rice and freshly grilled seafood for lunch! The seafood was fresh and delicious! I would have eaten more of the grilled chicken and steamed prawns if not for my fellow island tourists that were also starving. Hehe


Another thing less to worry is breakfast. Centeno Inn offers free breakfast to their tenants which I thought was a good deal. They serve toast, bacon, egg,  jam and butter, banana bread, banana and coffee! ll



Other than the island lunch, you have to pay for everything else. Seafood is heaven in El Nido so you may want to consider having some by the beach. If you are allergic to seafood, I warn you that there are no fast-food chains (and no ATM) in the island yet. What you can do, instead, is to buy food from Puerto Prinsesa then stuff it in your bag before heading to El Nido. This will also save you few bucks.




Here's everything that we spent!




The TOTAL cost may seem over-whelming. And that's because we splurged on the urgently booked airplane tickets. There are also few things you could skin or change to help you save a few bucks!


What you can do to lessen the expenses :

  • Book your plane tickets at least 2 months before the travel date
  • Look for cheaper accommodation without air-condition
  • Take the bus instead of van
  • Skip pricey food, go for the basic meals
  • Opt out buying over-priced souvenirs
  • Haggle with the tryk drivers and pretend you're a local 



Here's our complete EL NIDO, PALAWAN 3 Days and 2 Nights ITINERARY!



ITINERARY


DAY 1 : ARRIVAL

  • 3:30 AM - NAIA Airport Check In
  • 5:55 AM - NAIA Departure at 5:55 AM >> Puerto Princesa
  • 7:15 AM - Arrival at Puerto Princesa Airport
  • 8:00 - 10:00 AM - Breakfast at Jollibee Puerto Princesa 
  • 12 Noon - DFA Puerto Princesa Palawan appoitment 
  • 1 PM - Booked VAN Service to El Nido 
  • 2 PM - Rode the VAN Service to El Nido
  • 7 PM - Arrival at El Nido, Palawan
  • 7: 30 PM - Check in at Centeno Inn
  • 8:00 PM - Dinner by the beach
  • 11:00 PM - Lights off 

DAY 2 : ISLAND TOUR
  • 8:00 AM -  Free breakfast at Centeno Inn
  • 9:00 AM - Picked up by the Island Tour service from the inn
  • 10:00 AM - (1st Island Stop) 7 Commando Beach
  • 11:30 AM - (2nd Island Stop) Shimizu Island
  • 12:00 Noon - Island Lunch at Shimizu Island
  • 1:30 PM - (3rd Island Stop) Big Lagoon
  • 3-5 PM - (4th and 5th Island) Small Lagoon and Secret Lagoon
  • 5:30 PM - Back to the El Nido shore
  • 6:30 PM - Dinner at Habibi
  • 9:00 PM - Back to Centeno Inn
  • 10:00 PM - Lights off

DAY 3 : DEPARTURE
  • 8:00 AM - Free Breakfast at Centeno Inn
  • 9:00 AM - Free Island Swimming at Marimegmeg Beach
  • 12 Noon - Back to the hotel
  • 1:00 PM - Booked the VAN Service back to El Nido, Palawan
  • 1:30 PM - Rode the VAN Service
  • 5: 30 PM - Arrived at Puerto Princesa
  • 5:30 - 7:30 PM - Shopped for souvenir at Robinson's Palawan
  • 7:45 PM - Departure of plane going back to Manila (We almost got left by it!)
  • 9:05 PM - Back in Manila!



For more travel tips and to see our El Nido, Palawan experience, 
go ahead and watch the 2 Vlogs below!








I hope you enjoyed this ultimate El Nido, Palawan Travel Guide. 


If you want to see my YouTube El Nido travel vlogs, then please head to YouTube.com/RealAsianBeauty to see my videos. I am on Instagram! @RealAsianBeauty!

Last travel tip is to just ENJOY! Life is like a sunset, so chase it before it's gone!




Kristine

Thursday, January 5, 2017

RealAsianBeauty Family Christmas Party 2016

Some of the things I have always been thankful for are the love and the support from the readers and followers. I couldn't be more thankful for everything that has changed in my life because of people that support me. I know saying thank you is never enough that is why I thought of throwing a Thank-you Christmas Party with some of the Fluffies!

This blog post will show you all the fun we had that day and will take you back to 2016. Let's go!

First off, our VLOG of the party! 

The party was held at Jollibee, ETON Centris in Quezon City last December 10, 2016. Why Jollibee, you ask? Honestly, Jollibee is one of my favorite and go-to food chains. I always crave for Jollibee Chickenjoy and Spaghetti and will never get sick of them. Next reason is that we actually ran out of venue as I was only able to confirm the party 2 weeks before it happened. 

Since we were already having a Jollibee Party, I decided to go "kiddie party"all the way by adding few Hello Kitties here and there. Here's our Hello Kitty Party Cake!


Though I admit that I was disappointed with the Merry Christmas Real Asian Beauty cutout. I reckon printed tarpaulin wouldn't hurt. I mean, how much does tarp printing at Divisoria really cost, Jollibee? 


Since it was my first time to throw a party, I was a little lost... and stressed-out. Good thing, some Fluffies helped me with the party. Glai helped me with the T-shirt design. Jorgina helped me with T-shirt printing. Anne helped me with the online registration of attendees. Mitz and Erika helped me with on-site registration. Bianne and Sheng helped with the food. And my Mom, my step-dad and my BF helped me with the loot bags and freebies. hehe

Here are all the Fluffies that came to the party!!



At first, I was nervous the Fluffies would be disappointed with just a Jollibee party. But I was wrong. Just look at them in this pciture! 

After the registration, we proceeded with the games. I was also shocked that everyone was up for the games! Everyone stood right up and joined the games, no matter how funny or silly they were! I am so thankful I have this kind of Fluffies. Sa Tagalog, walang pabebe. Hehehe



After playing games, a giant bee appeared! Lol Of course, you know it's Jollibee. I'm not sure if I have told you already but I used to work as a service crew at McDonalds. For a few times, I was asked to be a Mascot for a party. Most of the time, I was Grimace. I experienced how difficult it is to be inside that cute thing. That is why I will always have a soft spot for mascots.

I love taking group pictures! Here is our groufie at Jollibee!! I just feel bad for the people at the back (especially Thine, Bianne and Glai), they just raised their hands in hopes of still being included in the photo. Hehe


Okay, here's the thing. When I was still organizing the party, I told the Fluffies I will not be getting any sponsors as I just wanted to spend time with them instead of allotting my time giving away stuff and promoting brands. They wholeheartedly said yes. But I couldn't contain my heart. I wanted them to go home with at least few items in hand. So, I asked some of my favorite brands if they could sponsor few items that I could giveaway to the party. 

Here are some of the brands that sent us products for the Christmas Party!!


Guys, if you are one of the lucky people that got freebies from these brands, please don't forget to post their items on your FB or IG and tag them. That is the only way we could thank them for giving us awesome loots! :)




Guyyyyysssss, did you know that we have a Group Chat for Fluffies? I started it because I realized that I am starting to have difficulty responding to personal messages. I wanted a way where you guys could reach me and I could respond right away but wouldn't require too much time nor effort. I thought a group chat is the best way since I could talk to a lot of people at once. Sooooo, if you have a smart phone (which I know you do! hehe), hurry up and install Kakaotalk now so you could join the fun!!! I chose Kakaotalk because it does not show the e-mail nor the mobile number of the user. 

Here are few of the members of the Kakaotalk group chat!

In the picture above, you can see Fluffy staring at the girl wearing white pants. I guess she was eating and my dog was begging for chicken. Hehe

The party was livelier because of the in-house party host! Thanks to Chito for making our Christmas party so much fun! 

I am so proud to show you our official RealAsianBeauty T-shirt! I am so happy with the result because it is exactly how I imagined it would be! Again, thanks to Glai and to Jorgina for all the help in creating and producing the T-shirts!

I was so delighted to see everyone wearing the shirt! 

I may not have hundreds of thousands of followers but I surely do have the cream of the crop. I have the best supporters anyone could ever ask for! I love everyone in the #RABFamily so much! I also love those that I haven't met yet but love and support me non-stop. I wish I could do a nationwide tour (lol) and meet all of you guys! 



A few of us were left at the venue so we took the opportunity to "celebrate" the birthday of 2 of my Fluffies, MC and Loida.  Happy birthday, girls! 

Parang debut lang ang peg. May group picture pa. Hehe


Belated Merry Christmas, my dear Fluffies! I hope you had a great time with your loved ones and friends! This is our first #RABFamilyParty and I am positive this won't be our last. I'm looking forward to more events with the Fluffies. Next time, I hope to meet those Fluffies I haven't met yet.

Thanks to everyone that came to the party! You made my Christmas extra special and meaningful!



Kristine

Friday, November 25, 2016

GMA7 Unang Hirit TV Guesting

Hi, guys! Sharing with you what happened at my first-ever guesting on Unang Hirit!


Unang Hirit is the longest running morning show in the Philippines that airs every weekday morning on GMA Network from 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM.

How did I get on the show? I was contacted by one of their segment producers a few months ago to do a quick demo on cute hairstyles. But that didn't push-through because of some circumstances. Luckily, they contacted me again for another segment! Yay!

Which GMA artist did I see there? Watch my short Vlog below!



Unang Hirit airs early in the morning. The staff told me the call time is at 5 AM and that she would send one of their services to pick me up at home around 4:30 AM. Knowing how slow-paced I am when it comes to doing my makeup, I skipped the "sleep" part and went on to taking a bath at 1AM and doing my makeup at 2! True enough, the GMA service was right at my doorstep at 4:30 in the morning.


Unlike the busy dressing rooms that I witnessed when I had other TV guestings, this one was rather calm and quiet. You ask why? Because I was alone in the room, at 5 AM nonetheless.  I was given the 2-page script. Afterwards, I proceeded to finishing my makeup. Yes, I started doing it 2 yet unfinished at 5!


GMA, Kapuso!


By the way, I wore my VP Ombre Hair Extensions that day to give my hair some oomph. 

Unang Hirit happens at STUDIO 3 of GMA. It's a small studio that almost has no space for audience. I don't know if they would need it, though, since they air first thing in the morning. 


Rule #1 : Take a photo inside a TV Studio when they guest you. 
Rule #2 : Never ask a tall cameraman to take the photo for you.


I look so short in the picture!! Hehe Anyway, that's what I wore that day. A simple and comfortable ensemble. 

I demonstrated toys that are perfect for Christmas. Unang Hirit labeled me as a Lifestyle Blogger and a Fashion Expert. Since I am a "shopping expert", I was there to show some of my amazing toy finds that are perfect as gifts for kids this Christmas.


One of the things you have to know about show business is that you have to arrive on time and then wait until it's your time to shine. In showbiz, this is called being professional. :)

I had to wait for a few hours until it was my turn. Good thing, a very pleasant surprise arrived! My boyfriend came at around 6AM to support me! :) (I told you, he's good!)


A few more pleasant surprises! I found out that 2 of my college classmates now work at GMA News! Meet my fellow Tamaraws, Unique and Mark. :)


They both toured me around the news area. I got the chance to visit the set and sit on the chair of GMA NEWS TV! I remember when I was in college and we'd have reporting activities. I remember how nervous and unconfident I was. First reason, my English was bad. Second, I knew my classmates would make fun of me while watching in the classroom. Hehe

College to me is 10 years ago! Wow, time flies! Crazy how I think of it as if it was just 2-3 years ago!


I hope you enjoyed the vlog and thig blog post. Unang Hirit guested me again for another segment. I shall be working on that vlog soon! 

Thank you for reading today!


Kristine

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Why I don't show my Boyfriend on the Internet!


I have been single for 7 years before I met my Boyfriend. There were different stages of my singlehood. The first stage was the feeling of freedom. It was the time when I felt I had all the time in my hands, I could do what I want when I wanted. The next stage was wanting to belong. It was the phase when I really wanted to be with someone. I had crush on some men who, luckily, didn't like me back. The next stage was depression. It was the point where I felt really sad that I couldn't find a man that would sweep me off my feet. I got to the point where I almost believed I'd be single forever. And then, the final stage - praying. On the 7th year of my single life, I started attending a Christian church that was introduced to me by a friend. That was the point where I sincerely prayed to God for the right man to come into my life. When I started praying, that was when I realized that all along, for 7 years, I was enjoying, searching and waiting but I was not praying! True enough, I witnessed how faithful God is to his promises. After just a few months of attending the said church and praying for the right man, I met HIM. The guy that swept me off my feet. 

So, why do I not show him in my videos and in the pictures I post? SIMPLE. Because I believe he is a treasure, a gift I received from God. And what do you do with something that is THAT valuable? You protect it. You do not show it off for it to be robbed or be damaged. Rather, you store it and put it where it is least susceptible to harm. That is how I am protecting my Boyfriend from the internet. 



You see those comments? I haven't even shown him yet he's getting all this hate from people that haven't met him or seen him in person. My BOYFRIEND does not deserve such words, insult and hate. He is a fine man, I am telling you. Everytime I look at him, I can't help but thank God that he let me meet this amazing man.

Sure, I do have a lot of loving, kind and supportive followers. But then again, this is the internet. There are random viewers, and most definitely, haters and bashers. When these random viewers see any of my videos, they are not able to follow the story. They do not know how much I prayed for this man or how long I waited. Or how long he waited back for me. I waited 7 years for him. He waited 6 years for me. All those years, we were both single. Not dating nor attached with anyone. We were single, both trying to find ourselves, improve ourselves so in the end, we could find one another. I consider our love story so unique and so special. 

When these random people on the internet see him, all they would notice are the shallow things shallow people notice. Because they are not my followers and they do not know my story, they would never know these:

1.) He is a Christian.
3.) He loves his Family.
3.) He is Responsible and Hard-working.
4.) He is Patient and Kind.
5.) He is Sweet and Caring.
6.) He is Loyal and Loving.
7.) He is Polite to Elders and Kind to animals.
8.) He does not smoke cigarette or drink alcohol.
9.) He is Smart and has lots of skills.
10.) He Respects me and is Proud of me.
11.) He Makes me Happy.
12.) He LOVES me.

Admit it, these are traits that are too good to be true. But trust me, my Boyfriend got all these. I want to value our relationship, I want it to be sacred and far from from the scrutinizing eyes of random viewers. 



I have been on the internet for 5 years and I know how painful some comments could get. I want to protect my Boyfriend from getting mean comments. I want to save him from heartache of reading comments from people he doesn't know and people who don't know him. Just because I am on the internet doesn't mean people around me want to be exposed, too. Some people enjoy attention while some enjoy quietness and privacy. My Boyfriend is the latter type of person. 

But that doesn't mean I am ashamed of him or that I am not proud of him. I couldn't be more grateful that God allowed us to meet one another. And I couldn't be more proud of him. I am so proud of all the things he does, things he can do and the things that he is learning to do. He doesn't limit himself and doesn't stop learning. He is a man of sense but most definitely has sense of humor. He makes me happy and most importantly, he makes me feel loved.




Now tell me, if you got something this great, would you ever allow the internet to damage something amazing just for a few minutes of internet fame (for him) and entertainment (for them)? I don't think you would. That's why I am not. 

And this is the reason why I do not show him in my posts. I want him to be able to go around and about without people disturbing him. I don't want him to go home from a really good day and go on his phone to check some comments on my Youtube videos just to see some really nasty ones. I want him to have peace and tranquility. I want to respect him the same way he is respecting me. 



"Someday, someone will walk into your life and make you realize why it never worked out with anyone else."

For 7 years, I kept on wondering why I couldn't find a man. Now, everything makes sense. God made me wait, God made us both wait, so all the roads we travel would take us to one another. For this, I will never, ever let any mean YouTube comment or nasty social network opinion destroy this magic that we found. 




I thank my loyal followers for all the love and support! I saw how happy you were all for me when I announced that I finally have a Boyfriend. I also saw the sincere understanding when I told you I don't want to show his face in any of my posts. You give us so much love! I hope you stay with us as we go about our journey!


Thank you so much! Stay happy and in love, everyone!



Kristine

Friday, November 11, 2016

Gifts I got from the YouTube Meet and Greet!

The YouTube Lounge Meet and Greet will forever be one of my memorable and happiest days. It was my first-ever official Meet and Greet with my followers, viewers and online friends. Despite it being so special to me, I honestly wasn't expecting that a lot of people would actually come to meet me. I was preparing for at least 20 people but I also would have been happy with just 10. But, not 10 nor 20 people came! There were a lot of girls who came that day! Girls that didn't bother waking up early, traveling hours, going to the venue early, waiting in line and getting hungry. Aside from the sweet kisses and tight hugs, and selfies, of course, some of them actually went the extra mile to give me some gifts! How sweet are these girls, really?


So, this is how it feels to have followers that go that extra mile to prepare something and hand it to you personally. I've only seen such acts on K-pop fan accounts and websites! Never in my wildest dreams have I imagined that someday, people would actually wait in line to see me and even prepare some gifts just for me! 

There are the gifts that I received from some of my sweet followers! There are sweet letters that were carefully hand-written, gifts wrapped in pretty paper bags, cute stuff like phone charm, bracelet, necklace, usable items such as hand-painted glass, lip balm and notebook. And of course, a really cute and huggable plushie, a bouquet of flowers and some delicious food!!!


Watch the HAUL video to see me unbox these gifts I received from my Fluffies!



I loved every single item! I honestly do not have a single favorite because I loved and appreciated every single one. I also enjoyed reading the letters so much! Huhu 

Did you guys know that I keep letters? Even the silly notes that my classmates and I wrote back in elementary and high-school are still kept in a little memory box in our house. For me, letters are as good and as sentimental as photos. If pictures paint a thousand words, for me, letters say a thousand more words that the picture failed to show. That is why I just love receiving letters!


Let me take this opportunity to thank these sweet and lovely girls for giving me gifts. Though it really wouldn't matter much if you came empty handed, I still love you all so dearly! But I am just over-whelmed that you actually thought of spending few bucks and allotting few moments of your life just for these items for me. I really appreciate them! Thank you so much Jeruz, Anne, Shane, Spongeydee, Michelle, and Angel!!


Also a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that came to the YouTube Lounge Meet and Greet. This would have been our Family Picture but it is not complete since the other girls had to leave before we were able to take pictures. But know that I am truly thankful that you came to meet me. I wish I could list down all your names. But if you are reading this right now and you went to the Meet and Greet, please know that I am really, really beaming with happiness that I have finally met YOU! Thanks also to the girls that have met me before but still went to the Meet and Greet, waited in line just for a few minutes of chit-chat  and selfies!



I just wish we had more time and and a more intimate place to talk and bond. I am grateful for the love and support and I pray that you guys would never get bored nor tired supporting me. 

Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart!

For those that I have not met yet but are messaging me that they also want to meet me, I am also thankful to you for being there, despite the distance, silently watching and eagerly supporting. THANK YOU!!!

(YouTube Lounge Meet and Greet blog post will be up in a couple of days. Please stay tuned!)




Kristine
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