30 Things Before 30

They say that you have a lot of time when you’re 20, that’s okay. 

But now that I’m half way done with the ‘glorious 20s,’ I say that no matter how much you try to get things right when given a chance to do or have it, sometimes, you just need a few more tries to get it… just right. And you got to do them and learn from them in your 20s. You have to fall, fail and be fooled (sometimes!) so that you know what suits and best for you. 

I find myself glorifying my good old energetic days lately- Trying almost everything and finding something new each day. When I moved here in Singapore, I felt like a boring old maid struggling to live life while coping up to herself losing each piece day by day. (Haha. Yes, an exaggeration but it’s quite close.) 

My diagnosis is I am putting so much pressure to myself that I panic for not living my life the way I know how it should be. So today, I’ll be back to be a blessing to others and making other feel happy about their lives. And since it should begin with me, I’m sharing some of my 30 things before 30 (I removed some too cheesy goals) just like my 25 things and looking forward.

1. Witness the beauty of Sakura and join “Hanami.”
2. Eat pizza or have wine/coffee while sitting at front of the Trevi Fountain.
3. Learn Flamenco in Spain.
4. Pay all our loans and raise funds for parent’s retirement. (Filipino thing! Haha)
5. —
6. —
7. Read a book while enjoying Maldives with a beer.
8. Experience & learn how to make mojito in Cuba.
9. Cook a dish for a house party.
10. Learn a new language and use it.
11. See the beautiful Angkor Wat.
12. (Party for Dad’s 60th!) Appreciate the Aussie way of life.
13. Eat Pho Ga in Vietnam.
14. Learn Cooking.
15. Walk in streets of Tokyo and ride a train.
16. Drink local beers in Laos and Germany.
17. Have 2 successful businesses.
18. —
19. Skydive.
20. Watch in open air cinema in Kamari & take a photo of the sophisticated Santorini.
21. Have a photo with Eiffel Tower.
22. Ride the Trans-Siberian Express across Asia.
23. Ride a gondola.
24. Live in a foreign country for 3 straight months.
25. Climb up the Great Wall of China.
26. Have a photo taken in Roman Street.
27. —
28. Host a house party.
29. Find my passion.
30. Maintain a good blog that I can always read and reminisce the good old days.


Last month, I just crossed out the 24th in my list: Live in a foreign country for 3 straight months.


Beauty in East Asia means skincare, while in SEA it’s makeup: Hakuhodo

Interested in Asia? I found this interesting article from Campaignsasia.com that might be helpful.

ASIA-PACIFIC- East Asian women focus more on skincare, while makeup takes precedence in Southeast Asia, according to a Hakuhodo study on the perception of beauty products across 14 Asian cities.

Part of its Global Habit survey, which conducts around 900 interviews in each of 34 cities (more than 1,000 interviews in China and in India), this report spans 14 Asian cities in East Asia (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea), Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore) and India. 

The report polled the use of 21 beauty products including skincare and makeup and found that more than half were used by at least 50 per cent of women in Seoul, Hong Kong and Taipei. Women in Seoul use the most beauty products by far, with more than 50 per cent using 18 of the 21 products. At the other end of the spectrum, women in three Chinese cities, Southeast Asia and two Indian cities are limited to a few basic items.

One product stood out as almost universally used. Around 90 per cent of women in East Asia use facial cleansers and more than 70 per cent in Southeast Asia (except Jakarta where the figure is still above 60 per cent). Regionally, the lowest use of cleansers is in India, where only 40 per cent of women use them. 

Across Asia, Japan and Korea lead beauty fashions and trends. In Hong Kong and Taipei, women look to Japan more than local trends, but in Southeast Asia, beauty trends from Korea the West lead the way, particularly among younger women.

In China, Japan and Korea have roughly the same degree of influence in Guangzhou, while Korean beauty is the archetype in Shanghai and Beijing.

When it comes to choosing beauty products, price is a factor across all markets. This is combined in Hong Kong and Taipei with a demand for high quality. In Seoul, women care about brand reputation and environmental friendliness—a point of difference for the city. 

In China, women care about brand image, but also convenience and service, particularly in Beijing. In Southeast Asia, women in Vietnam prioritise packaging, Malaysian women require ease-of-use, and in Bangkok, innovation tempts women into buying. 

Grab that International Conference!

You might have high expectations on this post and expect that I’ll be able to feed your hungry passions for blogging and connections but this is highly derived from personal experience that you might or might not relate (if you don’t dare to be a little crazy).

For the past 2 years, I have been invited to the following conferences:

with famous Indonesian Bloggers, Nonadita and DianParamita,
and the famous Political Filipino Blogger, Tonyo Cruz.


Southeast Asian Blogger’s Conference November 2011, Bali, Indonesia
Blogfest Asia 2012- November 2012, Siem Reap, Cambodia

And yes, to my juniors and friends who are inspired with my craziness, here are some of the things that I think I did to be able to be invited –have airfare, hotel accommodations, meals and tours paid by the organizers and had the opportunity to meet awesome people in the region.

1. Travel or Socialize. 

I got my first invitation to the Southeast Asian Blogger’s Conference in 2011 (here’s from a Cambodian friend and blogger’s post whom I met in the Bali Conference and organized the Blogfest Asia 2012) from a guy who coincidentally had the same interests and college degree as me (I met him when I was traveling in Jakarta earlier that year). As a backpacker who blogs and documents about my personal thoughts on the place I travel and how I can show that place how it is to be a Filipino, probably, he thought that it’s easy for him to pick me up to attend from the Philippines since I got a so-so decent blog, a flexible personality (euphemism for not high maintenance. Haha) and will say “yes” in a week notice and without notice on what I’m supposed to do. 🙂

Growing up, I’ve attended a lot of conferences as a Girls Scout, SK Chairman and a campus writer so I think I learned how to smile when they put you on spotlight. 🙂 So, when someone invites you so that they can fill in an empty slot for a blogger’s conference, grab it! It’s a win-win, you’ll need to do a lot of smiling but that’s the start of your unlimited opportunities.

2. Keep an open mind in meeting people, online and offline. 

For some people, the internet gives them freedom to be themselves, say anything they want that sometimes they couldn’t say or do offline, freedom from geographical limits and distances, and from judgments and long list of qualifications that our “normal” world requires. Just like what we normally do in our everyday encounter with people when we do our usual routine, we have to keep an open mind whenever we encounter people online, never judge and be responsible in whatever you post. You never know, that person might be the organizer of the biggest conference in Asia or you’re being stalked by the organizers, watch out!

3. Search for opportunities. Create opportunities.

I am always saying this, “if you feel like there’s no opportunity for you, create one” cause that’s the only time you’ll feel accomplished on that “something” that you are very passionate about. Just like when you say “I want to win a lottery” but you never bet your favorite numbers, opportunities sometimes are within your reach, you’re just too intimidated with them.

Search for conferences in whatever level you want (regional, national, worldwide) and maybe you could also search for the qualifications that’s consistent in their lists and try to have some of them in your things to learn or achieve because you have to go nearer to your goal by building foundations on their basics. (i.e. blog that has been maintained for years, accreditation to group of bloggers, etc)

Have your strategy in your online image and be consistent, unless you have a character that you’re playing and trying to have fortune on, it’s important to be consistent with you self offline and online.

And don’t forget that blogging is a form of social media, so include in your strategy the consistency with your social media network profiles.

4. Just do it.

One frustrated friend once told me that I was lucky to have been invited, maybe it’s because I was a consistent honor student in elementary and high school. Whaaat does it have to do with blogging? Do people ask you nowadays if you were first honor in kinder then they respect you upon knowing that you were? It’s all about your present self. Some people might just be so lazy to share their experiences thinking that it’s too normal but you have to remember that what’s normal for you might not be normal for some people on the other side of the world. And of course, if you’ll have amnesia someday like one blogger said, a blog is a good tool to use to remember! haha.


The bottom line is just do it. It will lead somewhere someday.

Think about why you would like to blog. My friend and a wonderful wife and blogger, Lhen Crystobal, always remind me that bloggers should not lose themselves in the process. We should remember why we enjoy doing this from the very beginning.

5. Get in touch with the right people.

After you have given opportunities, never forget about the experience and the people. If you want to be taken seriously, take things seriously online and offline. It’s a small world and the Internet makes our world smaller than it used to be so post, email, follow and get in touch with those people that you want to be associated with or you want to learn from. 

But at the end of the day, everything depends on your passion and where you want to go because knowing your destination will help you figure out if you have arrived.

For the fun side of the Southeast Asian Blogger’s Conference, here’s what the lovely Indonesian Entrepreneur, Ollie’s compilation of the fun times:






Forgetful Blogger

“Do you want me to take your picture?” was how Kris and I started a conversation when me and my Japanese friends were trying to take our photo before boarding. 

Kris is fun. So I decided to introduce him to my Indonesian girlfriends/ bloggers.

“I want to be a blogger.” He’s funny, so the four of us started a fun blogging tutorial.

And yes, he was the gatecrasher in Blogfest Asia 2012!

I thought it will end in Siem Reap together with his thoughts that he might have an amnesia someday and his only proof of existence and memories is his blog. But I was wrong. 

I read this in his blog:

My First Tumblr blog is dedicated to my three new friends I met in Cambodia!  They have not only accepted me as their new best friend but also introduce me to the art of blogging!  So I can say whatever I want!  I wanted to visit Cambodia for the long weekend, but who would have thought I would meet three dedicated bloggers!

And I suddenly miss the three of them 😦 

We are so proud of Kris and we hope that he’ll be more inspired to share and blog. Keep us posted with your adventures!

Follow everything that Kris forgets at http://iforgetkris.tumblr.com/.

I love Manila!

Look what I found!

I like how Filipino artists show some patriotism these days. I found this very affordable yet stylishly useful bag in Kultura Filipino (as usual) in SM Makati. I like the brown handle that gives a little sophistication that make it appropriate for me to carry around in some semi-formal events. They have several designs depending on your need and your style but please beware when you go to Kultura Filipino cause since they have a lot of things and they’re in SM malls, you might find yourself not stopping. 🙂

Burdang Taal, Habing Pilipino

I had an amazing time last Saturday in the Philippine Fashion Week. Though alone, I got to appreciate more the Filipino craftsmanship that made me want for more.

There were 17 designers who showcased their collections of Burdang Taal, a very detailed hand-embroidery technique that originated in Taal, Batangas, in formal, casual, classic, relax, dreamy, easy, cocktail styles.

I like the top of this JC Buendia design. I think I could wear this top going to work paired with a simple easy skirt.

Also caught my eye is the sophistication of this top and skirt by Dong Omaga-Diaz.

I personally like Fanny Serrano and seeing his fabulous collection made me feel so proud of where the Philippine Fashion is now. The colors and details are very pleasing.

I like Lito Perez and his collections, too! Lito Perez is very talented that you can see the very historical and elegant details of his collections. I had a chance to work with him before when we feature Villa Tortuga, an ancestral house in Taal where you can wear Filipino traditional costumes and live like an Illustrado, and I fell in love his crafts so quickly. I like the color and please notice the details in the skirts.

When I was looking at this collection, I was imagining that it’s being worn by the Philippine Airlines flight attendants! Haha. Personally, I think, this will look good on them and will add sophistication. This collection is from Rolando Lirio.

Here are the other collections:

Dong Omaga-Diaz

Randy Ortiz

Edgar Madamba

I like the skirt’s designs!

Edgar San Diego

Johnny Abad

Jontie Martinez

Oskar Peralta

JC Buendia

The featured collections are from Edgar Madamba, Vic Barba, Bergamo, Dong Omaga-Diaz, Lito Perez, JC Buendia, Fanny Serrano, Gerry Katigbak, Johnny Abad, Edgar San Diego,Ole Morabe, Jontie Martinez, Roland Lirio, Richard Papa, Anthony Nocom, Randy Ortiz, Oskar Peralta.

I personally like the collections and I’m hoping that there’ll be more of this kind in the Philippine Fashion Week for the coming years because they showcase the Filipino talent and craftsmanship that is very unique and sophisticated.