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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

CEE TRAVELS: Summer in Siquijor (The Scenery)

So because I was feeling down and exhausted after a very toxic shift, I tried to relax and think of happy thoughts to soothe my aching feet and tired body. Remembering that going on a vacation, visiting a new place and swimming in the ocean are some of my greatest joys, I looked for my shots of last year's summer vacation and found my DSLR photos of our annual family reunion at Siquijor; an island Visayas.

Thinking back, I was a bit hesitant to visit the province because of the fact that our annual family reunion will be at this mystical, intriguing island. Truth be told, the first thing that came into my mind were the witchcraft, the mythical creatures and the place.

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But the moment we docked at its port, no flying half-bodied women or any other Filipino folklore creatures greeted us. Instead, regular islanders and a beautiful, old church beckoned us to enjoy this beautiful place.


The ocean is crystal clear, the beaches are white and the people are friendly.


Each place that we visited were very peaceful and not so crowded. You can truly relax and be one with nature or enjoy and splash in the water at the same time.

Siquijor is not all beaches and swimming spots. The island is also a place lost in time. No traffic lights, no wifi hotspots, all majestic and enchanting old buildings, streets, great trees and historical churches.


Nostalgia is the main theme in one of its oldest streets. I was much too engrossed in admiring the views that I forgot to ask the history of each of the buildings we visited. Gotta do that next time! 


This was one of the many old churches in Siquijor. It has a brick bell tower that's still working and the church is still utilized for Catholic masses. Some of it's parts are being restored but much of its foundation is still intact.


There was an ongoing graduation mass when we visited this old church that's why we weren't able to go inside and take photos of it.


The street fronting this church is something that came out of an old movie. All we needed were horse-drawn carriages and traditional clothing.


This one below is a photo of one of the oldest monasteries in the Philippines. It's currently undergoing restoration so I wasn't able to take lots of photos of it. By the way, it's located just in front of the old church.


A few miles ahead and we arrived at this foot spa underneath a great centennial tree. Why are they all looking down? Well, the ones cleansing our foot aren't people...


Lo and behold: Fishes are here to eat out your dead skin. LOL!


The process was very ticklish and enjoyed a lot during the entire stop. It was also a nice place to just sit, eat and chitchat after walking around.


One of the last few stops that we visited was this spring with an altar of the Virgin Mary overlooking it. It was a recreation of St. Bernadette and the apparition of the Immaculate Concepcion at Lourdes, France.


And if you walk along the pathway up, you'll see this church with another old bell tower.


Siquijor is an island full of surprises. One visit will erase your prejudice of it being an enchanting island filled with magical creatures and mystical curses.

I would very much like to visit here again and maybe bring new people to explore of the province. A couple of days weren't enough to fully satisfy my thirst of relaxation, fresh air and serene beaches.



Thank yo so much, Siquijor and hasta la vista~

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CEE COSPLAYS: Crystal Maiden


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Friday, 9 February 2018

CEE COSPLAYS: Crystal Maiden

Hey guys!
So most of you who are avid followers of my instagram and twitter accounts know that I am a huge dota2 player (DoTA2 or Defense of the Ancients 2 is a free to play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game by the company Valve). I actually have at around 3000+ hours of playing the game according to my Steam account (whoops!).

And so, because of my love of this game, I pulled of a Crystal Maiden cosplay when I got invited to judge a local cosplay competition at my alma mater. (Crystal Maiden is one of the playable heroes in the game).

Crystal Maiden

It was a short notice to have me judge an event so instead of having a seamstress make the costume for me, I was able to find a ready-made one online for a fraction of a price! (It was a sale by a cosplay shop and it was ready to ship!)

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I added the embellishment on the raw costume to enhance it's accuracy. It was difficult to sew in sequins and my hand hurt while doing it but it turned out beautifully when I was done with it!

Thank goodness the costume fit me! It's as if it was actually made for me. 

I had a lot of fun cosplaying Crystal Maiden since a lot of people recognized my character. (Yay for Dota2!)

Me signing and giving out coscards while we wait out for the program proper.
Look at how happy I am as Crystal Maiden! It was actually a dream come true for me! YAY!
Me with the other judges of the event.
L-R: Jc, Ben and Lara.
I wasn't able to take lots of photos because I was busy judging the event! Nevertheless, I enjoyed each and every contestants costumes and presentation and I was proud that more and more new people are taking cosplay as a hobby. It was nice to see the local community grow from a group of hobbyists to a larger number of enthusiasts eager to enhance their craft.

Look at how amazed I am watching new faces on-stage.


The costume still needs a lot of improvement. I have already fixed a lot of unstable parts and I am looking forward to wear it again and to show my love for this hero!




These are some of the photos I grabbed from people who asked for a photo of me. Thank you so much for saying hi and I hope to see you more on the next cosplay event in the city!
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Cee and the other judges receiving appreciation tokens from the organizers.
 Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of the board of judges!

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MAKE UP: My Skin Care Routine +MUMUSO Aloe Vera Gel REVIEW

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Monday, 11 September 2017

MAKE UP: My Skin Care Routine +MUMUSO Aloe Vera Gel REVIEW

Hello and welcome back to my blog. I am trying to revive back this website even after going on hiatus for a very long time due to adulting and real life problems 💀. I will try to write more content here instead of just posting my game videos from youtube. I hope I can keep up with this rebirth for as long as I can for you guys!


 To start with, I will be sharing to you my new skin care routine that has been very effective in minimizing my acne outbreaks - better than my previous regimen.
(Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.)

A little background: I have a very oily skin and I almost always have pimples on my face. I have tried several other products before and even a change in lifestyle but none of them can make my face clear of acne for a long time.

Let's begin with the break down of my simple day and night ritual starting with my facial scrub:

Garnier PureActive Anti Acne White Scrub
I have been using this scrub ever since I can remember due to the fact that acne breakouts are a bit of a norm for me. According to the label, the scrub fights 12 signs of acne and oil including blackheads, acne, open pores, uneven skintone clogged pores, roughness, darkness. dullness, excess oil, pollution dirt, and make-up residue.
I always pair the scrub with Garnier PureActive Multi-Action toner after shifting from alcohol-based astringent.
Garnier Pure Active Multi-action Toner
From the label, the toner 'fights 6 signs of acne day after day'. Promising, right? But, these two alone aren't very effective when it comes to dealing with my pimples. They do a great job in just cleaning my face and nothing else... Then I used the MUMUSO Aloe Vera Gel 92% together with it and something wonderful happened.

Mumuso is a South Korean-inspired '99PHP' store with branches all over the Philippines. They sell makeup and beauty products, dolls, bags, electronics and etc. Most of them are priced at 99php or about 2 dollars. The first time I visited a Mumuso store was when I was touring the Venice Grand Canal Mall at Taguig City. That's when I stumbled upon their version of the popular aloe vera gel.
For Zamboanga-based readers, Mumuso is now open at KCC Mall De Zamboanga located just near the cinema area.


The tub at 300 grams is priced at 99PHP. The gel itself is clear and almost odorless. The stickiness is manageable and dries up after a few minutes of application.


I bought it out of impulse at first and I never really found out the best use for it until recently. At first I tried it on my hair, as a mixture for my coffee face mask routine and even as a moisturizer for my dry skin. Then I tried using it as a moisturizer before going to bed and before applying on makeup and day by day I noticed how great its effect on my pimples (which is really awful, I tell you.)

Because of the positive change I have observed after using it for a few days, I have decided to make a comparison before and during I religiously follow this particular skin care routine.

(Disclaimer again: You should first try out the aloe vera gel on a small part of your skin before going all out because the effectivity of this routine will depend on your skin type)

As you can see, my bare face isn't as pretty as you think. Pimples would appear regularly and stay ripe for a few days. And when I think it's over, another wave would appear again on another part of my face, forcing me to put too much makeup just to cover everything up.
Bare face before religiously following my current skin care routine.

While using the scrub+toner+aloe vera gel every after taking a shower, my pimples shrunk and the breakouts lessened compared to before:
The difference is clear as day. :)
I apply only enough to cover my whole face and neck except the eyes and mouth. I would let it dry and settle on my face before applying the makeup primer or before sleeping. I did not do any other skin care regimen in between the comparison time like the use of blackheads peeling mask or my usual aloe vera and coffee mask to really get an accurate result for me to share. 
I can't express how happy I am with the noticeable difference it made on my face. It might not be an overnight solution to the problem but at least I can see that it really helps in stopping massive breakouts from reoccurring. I think I won't stop from following this regimen not until I find a better one that would totally help me eradicate my acne problems altogether.

I just hope the local Mumuso store would restock this soon. Accordingly, this got sold out just a couple of days after the grand store opening. I am almost halfway done with mine and I don't want to take a break from following the routine as it may trigger the acne breakout again.

Anyway, that's it for now! Are you a fan of Mumuso products? Tell me your favorite one on the comment section below and I might feature it on my next post!


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