Thursday, August 25, 2016

CHANGE IS HERE sa Divisoria! | #DearPresidentDigong

Since Day 1, I have been vocal of my support to the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. Let us say I was disappointed with the performance of the previous man I voted as the president. Or maybe I was just tired of the usual dirty government, corrupt officials, unsafe streets and drug-related crimes in this country! It's true, President Duterte is not the typical "calm, collected and soft" leader one would expect. But do you recall voting for many men that were of that character? The Philippines needs change and we need it now!

Now that he has been sitting for 56 days, people are now starting to feel the change. One of those changes are the wider. safer and less-congested roads in Divisoria! 

I am a frequent shopper at Divisoria. From high-school days in Quezon City to college days in Morayta until now! It's safe to say I have seen the ups and downs of that place, the good and the bad. If you frequent the place like I do, you know how congested that road in front of Tutuban is due to the shunties that were built to serve as stalls of the vendors. In as much as I felt sympathetic towards these vendors that only want to earn money for their families, I also felt dismay that these roads were built for cars and jeepneys and for people, not for vendors. In the previous years, we can only sigh and shrug our shoulders on issues like these.

But because of President Duterte, people are now starting to feel safer and more comfortable. Roads are now safer and more efficient. Speaking for myself, I also perceive Policemen more respectable and reputable these days.

I witnessed that change in Divisoria when I went last week to shop! 



You will surely love the "CHANGE" in Divisoria. Please click the video below to see my Divisoria shopping experience. It's like a virtual tour so be sure to watch it!


I went there with my grandmother, Mama Luz. During her dalaga days, Mama Luz lived at an apartment complex in Divisoria. She's one of the best people to ask when it comes to the place, I must say!


One of the things I noticed is that vendors seem more polite. I experienced no cat-calling this time when it used to be prevalent when I last visited. If you haven't realized yet, I actually walked around the place with a camera but it was not stolen nor snatched from me. I was able to go home safe, wallet and cellphone still in bag and camera still in my hands. Yay for the big change in Divisoria!




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I know you guys enjoy HAUL VIDEOS so much so I decided to film a separate video to show the things that I got from Divisoria. I did not buy a lot since I have travel plans in the next few months. But I was still able to buy a couple of cheap yet trendy items that would cost twice or thrice if bought at the mall. 



Please watch the video below to see the things that I bought.




In the video, I showed one of my favorite stores inside the old 999 Mall. It's a store that sells trendy dresses and cute, girly blouses for only Php100 (~$2) each! I am sure these dresses cost around Php350 in other markets in Manila and around Php900 when bought at the mall!


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DID IT REALLY CHANGE? Some people may be having doubts about this whole "Change is Here" concept. Let me show you photos I took when I last went there before President Duterte became the president of the Philippines and photos I took last week after President Duterte's inauguration.

2015

In 2015, the road was congested! You can't even consider going there with your car since you do not want to spend eternity stuck with the traffic. If you opt to take public transportation, expect to walk a few blocks since jeepneys can not go through the road as it is occupied with stalls and vendors. Jeepneys turn right before this busy road so all you're left to do is to get off the jeepney and walk your way towards Tutuban. 



Seems fun for shoppers since they get to see shoes, clothes, curtains as they walk. But if you look at the bigger picture, you ask yourself if spotting a few cheap things to buy is better than having a clear road. I prefer the latter.



2016

Now, will you look at that road that was once congested! Jeepneys, cars, pedicabs and people can now go through it without the hassle of being stuck for eternity! Can you believe there is actually a center aisle?! And trees, OMG! I didn't know there are actually trees standing there until now!

As you shop, you will frequently see Police men roving the streets making sure vendors follow the rules and buyers are safe and secure. This may sound bad but before all of this, whenever I would see Police men, I would sigh to myself thinking these guys are here just to look for drivers they can get "kotong" aka extort money from. I know, it's bad to think that way and not all police men do dirty work. But these days, whenever I see police men, I seriously smile inside and sigh because I feel safer. I also want to go to them and thank them for all their efforts in making this change possible. I haven't done the latter yet but in my heart, I am thankful for the efforts of these renewed and rebranded Police!


Just look at this picture. It looks clean and calm, doesn't it? Would you believe this is still in Divisoria? A small park located beside the monument of Andres Bonifacio! 



Now you tell me, do you want this change or not? 

For my readers that are not from the Philippines, you may have read or heard from your local news that we have a President that kills people. SIGH. Though it is true people get killed here... But the tables have turned! Did you know that in the past years, people here get killed, too! But those people were innocent children, elders, students, taxi drivers, policemen, workers and so on! Robbers kill them because of drugs and for drugs! Now, people also get killed. But these people are the drug addicts that won't surrender to the police during buy bust operations. The people that make the noise and go against our President are people that may be in the business of drugs. But for us, law-abiding citizens of the Philippines, we've never feel safer and more secure! If you are not a drug pusher and you don't do drugs, there is nothing to be scared of. I do not condone killing and taking of lives. I believe there is due process and these people deserve second chance to change. Nothing is impossible, especially if God is there. But if you were a citizen of this country, which one is acceptable? Innocent people being robbed, raped and killed by criminals? Or criminals being killed because they won't surrender to the police?



Dear President Digong,

I will not ask you to appoint me to any government office. I will not ask for anymore changes. I know you are doing your job, despite the hate and critic that you get. All I will ask you is that you always keep yourself safe. If you can, please wear safety vest and gears at all times! The war against drugs is just starting and people in it will want to destroy you because they do not want to see their millions and billions of Pesos go down the drain. Surely, there are people want would want to pin you down. I ask you to always be cautious of your surrounding and the people you mingle with. I always get scared whenever I see you hold conferences at open areas. It has only been a few days since you sat, the law-abiding citizens of this country can not afford to lose you. The Philippines still has a long way to go before we could say it is healed. So please, always keep your self safe. That is the only thing I ask from a very hard-working and courageous man like you. Thank you for sacrificing the time you could have spent with your family by being our president. Thank you for hearing the plea of the 16MILLION people that voted for you. I just pray that as days go by, killings would be lessen. I pray that God guides you and touches your heart, you mind and your mouth so you always decide, you always do and you always say what is right and just for this country.
Thank you so much and God bless you!




Kristine

Saturday, August 6, 2016

ORLY Pacific Coast Highway Launch

Are you a lover of Orly nail polish? You will surely enjoy reading this blog post as I share my recent experience at the Orly Pacific Coast Highway line launch at the Nailaholics nail salon at Gateway Mall in Cubao!



ORLY is one of the top brands when it comes to nail polishes. This was one of the brands I adored when I was starting as a nail art guru on YouTube. However, it was too pricey for me to afford back then so I had to buy one color at a time. Now, it feels so good to be invited to their launching event!

I was kind of expecting the theme would be Summer-ish so I wore something pastel to make me look Summer-ready! This way to the Orly Party! Let's head on, shall we?


Take a look at the 6 bright, vivid and bold colors! I can already smell and feel Summer just by looking at them. I also feel like singing "California girls, we're unforgettable..."


The colors are perfect for Summer when it's totally acceptable to wear sexy swimsuits, cute dresses and colorful tops! These colors will surely match your outfit. 


Don't you love the Summer feel of the event? And notice the mini Orly surf board in the picture. I've never tried any extreme sports such as wake boarding or surf boarding. My BF says it's fun and he wants us to go to Baler because he want's me to experience it. I'm not good at swimming I can't even swim so I am not sure how I'd be able to enjoy it Hehe


Aside from colorful Orly nail polishes, the nail salon was also filled with colorful Instax cameras!!! Waaah, this is heaven! We got to take selfies using these Instax cameras! I have the Instax Mini 8 in pink. I tried the new Instax Mini 70 and I fell in love with it!! The quality of the photo is noticeably better with that camera. I would love to have it but I am in love with the Pink color of my Mini 8... So...


I haven't mentioned that aside from nail services, nail polishes and Instax photos, we also got some delicious yet healthy food that day! The food that was served was apparently all-vegan food by V Kitchen! I love their vegan tacos, OMG! Instead of the usual meat, the taco was filled with tofu and mushroom. What an awesome treat from Orly!


Time to have my nails done by the staff of Nailaholics.


I had difficulty choosing which polish to apply on my nails as everything was gorgeous! I ended up choosing the Pink one because PINK!


Face of the day! All the photos were taken using my Casio Exilim TR60! I always set the Makeup Filter to level 9. Hehe What do you guys think of the photos? Though the photo quality is not at par with DSLR, I love using it because it's compact and handy! It also helps that the camera has Wi-Fi so I can always easily transfer the photos straight to my phone for easy SNS sharing. 


More beach photos!! JK.



I hope you guys enjoyed reading! I forgot to mention that there weren't many bloggers invited to the event and there were 3 slots we could choose to attend. I prefer events like this because I always feel shy and nervous to be around a lot of people. Hehe It's also nice to be pampered and to be able to talk to the PR or the person that invited you. I noticed that when it's a huge blogger's event, we just attend it, claim our freebies and leave without much interaction from the brand or the person that invited us. Small events like this is much better, in my opinion!

Thank you for reading today!



Kristine

Monday, August 1, 2016

BTS Inspired Nail Art (불타오르네) | #BTSinManila

Hello, ARMY! Can't move on from the BTS Epilogue concert here in Manila last Saturday? 
Here's is the perfect outlet - paint your nails with BTS!

BTS is one of the most popular Korean groups these days. Here in the Philippines, the boys are surely one of the most sought after. That is why I decided to create another K-pop inspired nail art. 



Here is the nail art tutorial:



As always, I based my nail designs on the outfit they wore in the video. I love it when the stylists dress up the idols in colorful and loud-print ensembles! That just means more designs for me! Hehe





I hope you guys enjoyed this nail art. If you did, please share it on your group chat, fansite Unni or to your ARMY friends! Beautifying yourself in ways such as coloring and drawing your nails is surely an effective way to move on from a concert. Trust me, I've been through a lot of emotional states each time I watched my favorite K-pop group's concert.


If you were "Team Bahay" (Fans that weren't able to watch the concert so they got no choice but to stay at home and read updates and news.) then fret not! Paint your nails with BTS!! If your friends saw the boys in person, at least you have them in your body, your nails to be exact!


Ahhh, it feels so good to be back in my comfort zone! Did you guys know that the last time I did a K-pop inspired nail art was back in May 2015 when I did Big Bang inspired nail art? I noticed that my nail art videos don't get much views now compared to how many views they got years ago... But at least I can say I am doing something I truly like and enjoy. I hope you guys like them, too! ^_^

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Singaporean Tries Filipino Street Food!

A year ago, I went to the Cetaphil Experience at The Farm at San Benito here in the Philippines. It was a weekend trip sponsored by Cetaphil. It was a memorable trip because it was my first-time ever to go vegan all the way, I got to go on a sponsored trip for the first time and I got to spend the weekend with beautiful bloggers from different countries in Asia! 



After almost a year, one of the bloggers went here to the Philippines again for another event! I was so excited to see her so I asked her if she'd want to film a collab video together. And so, here I am posting about that collaboration video. 

That blogger is Roseanne Tang from Singapore! She was here for the Stylecon Asia last June! When we were at the Cetaphil Trip, we couldn't eat meat and junk food. I remember we were talking about all sorts of food and they mentioned they wanted to try some of our Filipino food but they couldn't because we couldn't go out of The Farm. For our video, I thought it would be fun to see her try some of the Filipino street food for the first time!


Some of the food we tried were Chicken Feet, Chicken Intestine, Penoy and Sour Green Mango with Salty Shrimp Paste!! Yum! Haha It may sound nasty for some but those are actually my favorite street food!



Here is the video! I hope you enjoy watching! 



I adore Roseanne! She's such a sweetheart! She was also up for anything! She didn't know what I was going to bring to her but she didn't complain once she saw what she was about to eat. She also tried everything without hesitation! 


She was so cute eating the green mango and shrimp paste, too! Eating sour mango with the pungent smelling shrimp paste is famous here in the Philippines. For foreigners, however, it could be awful. I remember before, I asked my Korean friend to try it and he said it was unbearable. It's not that bad, really. If you come to the Philippines, I suggest trying it so you could see for yourself if it's worth liking or hating!


This is a 2-Part Collaboration, by the way! What I posted on my channel was Part 2. Part 1 is on Roseanne's channel where she tried MORE Filipino food like Balut, Chicharon and more! Watch her video HERE!!

I hope you guys watched the 2 videos. I also love how Roseanne edited her video! I admire people that are good when it comes to video editing! One of my goals is to improve the quality of my videos through better lighting and better editing! 

Thank you for reading, loves! Are you following me on Instagram yet? It's @RealAsianBeauty
Also, hello to 2 of my most loyal blog readers : Nheng and Kay(Pinkidentity)! 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

ASAP Chillout Guesting on ABS-CBN!

Last year, 2015, my life was in repose. I didn't have lot of events or shining moments. When I went back and realized what I left hanging, I made a list. One of the things on that list was to be featured on a local TV show again. When 2016 entered, I thought I was not going to be able reclaim my spot on the blogging world as I left it hanging for almost a year. I gave myself an ultimatum. I told myself I was going to go back to regular office job if I don't do well again until July 2016. But God is just amazing! He gave me enough reasons not to adjure my internet life. One of that reasons is this short appearance on ASAP!!

Sometime last week, I got an email from ASAP Chillout's researcher, Ms. Irene. I was told the show wanted me over for a quick interview/demo regarding makeup and my internet life. Of course, I was more than excited to say YES! Here is what happened to that ASAP guesting!

I was part of the roster for ASAP Chillout's July 17, 2016 episode. ASAP Chillout is ABS-CBN's online streaming show that airs at the same time as ASAP. 


I was lucky enough that I got to witness a live celebrity birthday celebration! I always see scenarios like this on TV where a celebrity would get lots of cakes and cute cupcakes on his/her birthday! Aww!

I thought I was going to do a quick, live makeup demonstration so I went to ABS-CBN with light makeup on. Good thing, the writer told me I was just going to talk about few makeup tips and must-haves. I brought about half of my makeup to the set so I was able to do my full-face makeup.  


I wasn't confident I would be able to come up with a decent makeup look in just limited time. I kept telling my boyfriend that I was nervous and I'm not good enough. (Of course, he tried to calm me and assured me that I'm good and that there's nothing to be worried about. Aww, how sweet??^^) So, I was so relieved when they told me I don't need to do a live demo! Hehe



I shared the dressing room with a lot of celebrities and people that were going to be on ASAP Chillout as well. Inigo Pascual, Bailey May, Robi Domingo were in the room as well but I wasn't able to vlog with any of them because I was nervous and tried to calm myself by blending my eyeshadow and contour! Hehehe


Here I am waiting for my turn to be interviewed! Enrique Gil was there but wasn't able to vlog with him either. I'm such a bad vlogger, I know. :(




Here is the vlog!!! I hope you guys enjoy it. It's in Filipino, by the way. I thought this would only concern my Filipino fans since it's just a local program. If my international viewers would be interested, I would add English subtitle to the video then! :)




Rated PG! Pak! Ganern! Hehehe 


It's always amazing to see fans of celebrities. Those that would wait in line just to see their favorite or create banners and fan arts and shout his/her name while performing or talking on stage. It could be too much to dream and I do admit I do not have the typical face of a celebrity but I wish someday, I'd have loyal fans like them, too.


Okaaaaay, finally it's my turn! Welcome to ASAP Chillout Real Asian Beauty, Ms. Kristine Roces!


So, what I did there was talk about makeup and life of a YouTube Guru. They asked me questions about how I started, what inspired me to make YouTube videos, how I learned to apply makeup. We also talked about my viral Fake Divisoria Makeup. After that, I showed a quick demo on how to achieve the flawless and natural Korean makeup.


My model is Twinx. I checked her Instagram and saw that she is a loyal fan of Alex Gonzaga. Thank you for being my model, Twinx! You are so pretty! :)



The interview lasted for 15 minutes. I'm so thankful my boyfriend was able to record the whole interview since it's a live internet show and I know I won't able to watch myself after it airs. I'm going to be objective and give myself constructive criticism. I think I need to slow down when talking, especially on interviews. My voice was too loud during the interview. I also need to talk a little softer when I want to sound lively. I notice that, too, whenever I would do my YouTube videos. My speaking pace are either soft and boring, or lively, loud and fast! Hehe 

This photo was taken right after my segment. I am thankful that my boyfriend was there with me. He never fails to give me support and encouragement, especially on my career. Even when he was just courting me, he would watch my videos and read my blog posts and tell me what he thought about it. He is currently studying Adobe Premier so he could help me edit my videos. He also comes me with to blog events and YouTube gatherings. He also gives me video ideas and he always makes me feel better whenever I would get bashers or rude comments on my videos!



Hahaha Am I getting cheesy now? Oh well! Now you know why I look blooming in my videos and photos the past few months. 

Oh, after the segment, I called my model so I could go over her eyeliner. I was nervous while doing her quick live makeup that I wasn't able to perfect the line. She's so young and pretty! Oh, just imagine if you were this young pretty! Imagine all the possibilities! Haha I sound so Tita now!


What do you think of my simple outfit? Yes, that's the skirt I got from Divisoria for Php 400!



Can we talk about Robi Domingo now? Okay, lets! I have followed Robi Domingo since he entered Pinoy Big Brother. Since then, I've always thought he's cute. But meeting him in person is another thing. I was impressed what I saw in him that day. Robi doesn't exude the usual "arrogant celebrity complex". Rather, he seemed very intelligent and has that well-bred, well-mannered vibe. He's like that good-looking, smart, rich and nice-to-everyone college blockmate or schoolmate that girls go crazy over. On top of that, he is such a witty host and asks the perfect questions and is always able to carry an interview/conversation! Robi is such a fine man! I hope he does even better in the show business! Thumbs up, Robi!


Celebrity cakes and cupcakes!! Those pink and blue dots on the letters are cupcakes, too. Sue took her cupcakes and cakes home. While I didn't see Rayver go back to get his. Hmm...


The once chaotic dressing room is now quiet and empty! Time to snap some photos!



I felt so good after the ASAP Chillout guesting. I felt so motivated and wanted to go straight home and edit more videos for my YouTube channel!!! Hehe Kidding aside, it was one of my happiest days. My boyfriend and I were so happy, too. After that, we went to the mall with my parents and had dinner together. It was my first-time ever to have dinner with my family and with my boyfriend! 


The face of a happy and in love woman is the most beautiful face in the world. Nothing beats that sparkle in her eyes and no beauty filter can outshine that glow! Yeeeeeee! So cheesy!!!


Thank you so much for reading this blog post. Thanks to ABS-CBN ASAP Chillout for having me to guest your show. And thank YOU, my loyal reader, for always reading my blog and for watching my YouTube videos. I made it 5 years on the internet because of your continued support. I will never have gotten this far without your help! You brought me to where I am now. For that, I will be forever thankful! Thank you so much!

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