I never really dreamt of becoming blond. I didn't know what's the process, how's the after-care, and how it hurt like *#*@%! I used to think people were exaggerating when I hear them talking about it being so painful, watching makeover shows and seeing people shiver because of it, laughing at their tolerance for pain, turns out, it took me 2 teardrops, 1 on each eye to get over it! It stung like a hell.

Six hours of sitting on the chair of Toni & Guy salon, my boredom was replaced with excitement. While the first coat of bleach was covering my whole head, the first 3 hours was tolerable, I can feel the heat coming out of my scalp and relieved it by drinking ice-cold water. Finally, they shampooed me and blow-dried my hair (PS my brother was with me the whole process me reporting every step to him on WhatsApp) It was corn yellow! LOL I knew they had to bleach it again, second bleach, more tolerable but more anxious and excited this time. Fifth hour, they had to wash my hair again, let me stay put on the sink and rinse off the bleach. (I guess you're wondering what happened in between those bleaches? I was texting some SOME, chatting with Yzza, my office mate who’s getting her hair did as well, telling back stories from college with ate Marife and Nanay Sosh who’s bleaching my hair, also with ate Blessy) They said their clients complain of the pain when it comes to putting on the toner. Ah, hello? I'm pretty sure I have high tolerance for pain so bring it on! THEN COMES THE TONER! Imagine your whole head as wound, getting coated with pure alcohol. THE PAIN!! Ate Marife said they had a client who was screaming of pain. After a while you’ll get used to it though, like those exes who’ve left you hanging on for nothing. Kidding! LOL But yeah, they rinsed, blow dried my hair and my hair is (almost) white. *with the hint of purple because when it fades, it turns white. Top tip: if you're planning to get your hair bleached like pearl, don’t overdo coloring! You will have to get it bleached multiple times or until it breaks to achieve platinum.

Right there on that sink, I promised myself not to go through that sickening process of toning again! But I’m thinking twice about it now! LOL Who knows? I might have orange or raccoon hair next week.

*Kudos to Tj, Ate Blessy, Ate Marife, and nanay S for taking care of me. I wasn’t able to get all the names of the crew there in Toni & Guy Discovery Primea but thanks a lot for devirginizing my hair, it was worth it!



I can't even begin to tell you how much last week was so bad and almost everyone on social media agreed. Was it because "Ghost Month" just started or if it was just one of those bad weeks you'll have..with your social media friends? Kidding aside, taking this term a bit literal because this jacket that I DIY-ed a year ago is starting to fall apart, since I just glued it up and did not really sew it. Anyway, this jacket first appeared in one of my sections in GARAGE MAGAZINE called DIY, how surprising right? This jacket is still for keeps though, I think aging adds more character to it. LOL In case you missed my article on the magazine, here is the tear-out of that.

By the way, I was wearing:
 Oxygen joggers, MEMO t-shirt, New Balance trainers with the DIY jacket. 

Photo by Yzza Hablado



I remember seeing Shaira Luna on Promil commercial when I was a kid, (probably my parents did too that's why they made me take Promil as well LOL) but never even in my dreams I thought I could work with her! This is one of my favorite fashion editorials I've done for Garage, probably because of the place, the story, and the people behind it.

Photo by Shaira Luna
Styling by me
Grooming by Ponti Pontiveros
Model: Eduard at Elite Model Management 
Location: The Henry Hotel, Manila 



(Silver protect, Original care, and Power refresh)

There are days when I want to soak up in the bathroom, think things through because most of my ideas hatch up in there HAHA but I have to admit, there are also days when I just want to shower and go. I honestly think shower gels made that easy for everyone. The thing is, I hated 3-in-1 gels, I think they’re really just specifically made for the skin and because they really feel coarse to the hair. Last weekend, after doing chores, I thought of having a quick shower before getting a haircut and since I know I have to shower again after my trip to the barbershop, I didn’t really plan to wash up thoroughly (eww right?) I decided to open up a box of shower gels that NIVEA sent me and lather on one. To my surprise, quick shower never felt satisfying! I didn’t feel the need to massage on conditioner and slather up some moisturizer after. I’m not saying this because NIVEA gave me freebies AND I WANT MORE but because it’s true! Showering never felt easier and more efficient with these gels. I have been converted from a shower gel unbeliever to a proper shower gel advocate. LOL

I did a mini product review on each of the three and here are my thoughts:

SILVER PROTECT (Freshness and silver ions)
 If you’re the type who is always playing with the boys and sweat-prone, I’d totally get if you would prefer this one. The antibacterial on this formula works against body odor so you’d be sure to smell good for longer. The scent of this one is very masculine that I can totally visualize a locker room filled with boys who are ready to go on a date.

POWER REFRESH (Menthol and scent of water mint)
This gel will definitely be on my summer travel kit! The menthol and smell of water mint adds to the thought of feeling fresh. Also I think this particular gel will work for you after a long tiring day in a humid city like here in Manila.

ORIGINAL CARE (Moisturizing and aloe vera)
This one is my personal favorite. I picked to use this one first among the three because it has a very clean and timeless scent which I think I could use throughout the year. Also the aloe vera made me feel like I’m lathering up with cream instead of soap which I’m pretty sure won’t dry my skin up like how regular soap does.

Although these gels target hair, face, and body, I still think you should get yourself a product that has SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and/or UV protection especially if you’re active under the sun. Nivea has that covered as well because I’m using their Cell Repair and Protect Whitening Body Lotion. ;)