Another year has passed and 2018 went by so fast. It may not the best year for me but it is indeed a memorable one. Joseph and I are still in a long distance relationship. Can't believe it has been a year! I spent my time mostly with my family and relatives. I also like to spend spent my time alone. I was able to know myself even more like what I actually want in my life. I got to know myself even more.

Nothing much happened in January and February. I just focused on my work at that time. I am still working as a part-time virtual assistant for a client of mine. I worked for him for more than a year now and it is one thing I am thankful for.

I enrolled myself at Anytime Fitness in March. I completed six months but for some reasons, I had to stop for a while. But I'll try to go back this year. :) My Dad had a heart attack in March. I got really worried. I was really thankful that he recovered fast.

It was April and May when I started to explore and be adventurous. I went to Capiz and Iloilo with my Ninang and her family for 8 days. It was also my first flight which really makes it a memorable trip. And I had so much fun!! We went to Garin Farm and Gigantes Islands. I made a separate post for that. This trip made me realize that I like to travel and I've been craving for more since this trip.

June was my birth month. I just had a simple celebration with my family.

I bought a new camera in July. It was an investment for me and I was so happy with my Sony A5100!

I went to Baler in August. It was just a small trip but still a milestone for me. I stepped out of my comfort zone and trekked all the way to the Mother Falls. No regrets! It is so beautiful and so worth it! It was even drizzling when we were trekking. Para akong nasa music video! Haha! I also had my first ever food crawl on this month. I was invited by Zomato for a Tagaytay Food Crawl and I got to meet new friends and food buddies!

Joseph and I celebrated our 7th anniversary in September, and yes, in an LDR way. Haha! We always talk every day but I really do miss him a lot! I was also invited for a Day Tour in Batangas. We went to Villa Jovita and Fantasy World.

“Missing someone gets easier every day because even though you are one day further from the last time you saw them, you are one day closer to the next time you will.” – Unknown

Nothing much happened in October. Just the usual work and gala.

I bought a new phone in November. I bought the Huawei Nova 3i. My hair got rebonded on this month and new hair color!

And for this month, December, we celebrated Christmas in a very simple way. My cousin invited me to a painting lesson with my little cousins. It was my first time to paint. Ang hirap pala bes! Haha! I also got a new client before the year ended. I think I'll be working full time with him.

I had too much kdrama and series this year. Haha! Another thing that I got this year? FAT. I got FAT. I know! Haha! I got back into kpop too. I like Mamamoo, G-idle, Gfriend, Red Velvet and Blackpink.

I am thankful for the brands that I've collaborated and for the events that I got invited in 2018. I hope that this blog and of course, myself, would grow more in 2019. If you are still here reading this post, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will do my best to do more quality contents and photos this 2019. ♥

P.S. This post is short and straightforward. I got sick on NYE. It's really a bad way to start the year, I know! But I'm claiming it, 2019 will be my year! :)

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and in the Philippines especially there are a billion and one things to do during the season. In the midst of all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s good to remember to take a step back sometimes and let yourself experience the joy of Christmas again. Luckily, if you’re scrambling for ideas then you can simply take a look at the list below of ten things you can do to have fun during the holidays.

1. Eat well

The holiday season means a return of traditional food favorites that are sure to leave you full and happy by the time New Year’s Day rolls around. Put away the diet for now and let yourself snack on some old favorites like puto bumbong and queso de bola, or get ready for the main event— the gastronomical paradise of the noche buena at your parents’ house.

2. Sit back and enjoy your favorite holiday film

There’s nothing better for getting into the Christmas spirit than sitting back and watching a Christmas film. While you may be tempted to go for familiar favorites, try checking out this list of Christmas films from the Philippine Star and see if there’s something new that you’d like to try out this year.

3. Listen to some carolers

Music has always played a huge role in Filipino Christmases; after all, who hasn’t grown up listening to Jose Mari Chan take over the airwaves in December? Really get into the holiday cheer this year by listening to some carolers from your neighborhood, or more professional fare at hotels such as Seda Vertis North, which will have carolers entertaining guests in their lobby from December 17 to 21, 2018.

4. Volunteer at your local orphanage or church

Really live the spirit of giving by volunteering to pack Christmas packages or prepare a simple noche buena at your local orphanage or church. This might only take a few hours out of your holiday season, but the joy on the faces of the people who will get to enjoy your hard work is priceless.

5. Try all the Christmas-themed food and drink

One of the best things about the season is getting to enjoy limited-edition holiday-themed food and drinks. Check out Yummy PH’s list of Starbucks holiday food and drink this 2018 and sample them all before they disappear on January 7, 2018!

6. Support local brands when doing your Christmas shopping

If you’re looking for gifts that you can give out to your loved ones this Christmas, try shopping local! There are tons of local brands that make great gifts this holiday season. For example, clothing brand BNY Jeans provides cutting edge fashion for today’s youth, which you can consider as a present for loved ones as they offer high quality fashion at affordable prices.

7. Check out the lights displays

It’s not Christmas without Christmas lights, and all over the Metro are some amazing lights displays that you can enjoy with your family. Check out Spot PH’s list of Christmas illuminations that you can see this year, and get ready to plan your evenings!

8. Reconnect with family and friends

Christmas season is the time for reunions and coming home, so take the opportunity this year to reconnect with your family and friends that you may not have seen for a while. Go out for coffee or dinner and ask them about how their year went, and make plans to see each other again before another year passes.

9. Take a moment for yourself

Sometimes the best thing you can do for others is to take care of yourself first, and that still holds true this holiday season. It’s easy to forget to take a moment to breathe and relax, especially given all the parties and shopping that needs to be done. But in the midst of spoiling all of your loved ones, try not to forget that you can spoil yourself too— just treat yourself to your favorite cake, or put your favorite carols on in the car, and allow yourself to be refreshed.

10. Show your loved ones you care

And of course, last, but not least: take the opportunity to show your loved ones that you care this Christmas season. Whether it’s getting them something amazing, or simply taking the time out of your day to share a moment with them— more than material gifts, Christmas is all about sharing love and joy, so don’t miss out on a chance to do just that with the people who matter the most.


For a look at some other 10 happy things that you could be doing, check out this section of the Elaine Dogelio blog!

I've reviewed so much skincare lately so let's do a makeup review for today. I will be reviewing the Merzy The First Velvet Tints. I got all of the six shades and I will also be doing swatches for you, loves!

My family and I went to Ayala Malls Solenad, Nuvali last November 30, 2018, for the Del Monte Spag Sarap Squad Headquarters. Del Monte Spaghetti Sauces treated families to an excitingly different spaghetti experience by sampling all five of their delicious spaghetti sauce flavors - Carbonara, Italian, Sweet, Filipino, and their newest flavor, Creamy and Cheesy.

One of the most raved and best selling Korean skincare in 2018 is the MADECA CREAM by Centellian24. It got famous here in the Philippines and is always sold out because of Raiza Contawi, a Filipina youtuber. But the question is, does it really work? I can now finally share my thoughts about it after using it for a month.

I'm not sure if you have seen this viral glow in the dark moon necklace and bracelet on Facebook or other SNS but I have and I am so happy to finally have it! :)

The famous necklace and bracelet are from WINGBLING, a famous digital accessory brand in Korea. They have lots of other cute stuff aside from these and all of the products that they sell are handmade.

The viral photo on Facebook

I have the bracelet and the necklace and both are in White Moon. It comes on a very classy packaging. I love the aesthetics!

There are also genuine product labels (Pink tag) which you can scan in HiddenTag to know if your product is authentic.

Close up view of the bracelet (left) and necklace (right).

Glow Moon Bracelet in White Moon

Photos When Worn

I am not actually good on showing fashion pieces because I mostly do makeup and skincare reviews but I did try my best to give you good photos. Haha! And please, excuse my hairy arms if it bothers you. I am born with it so yeah. Lol.

The products come with instructions and it says to place the necklace and bracelet under the sunlight in a few minutes for it to glow in the dark. You can also use the flashlight on your phone. I tried both options and I must say that the sunlight makes the pendant glow more under the dark.

The color varies according to light that it receives. If it is not exposed directly to sunlight, it is just mostly white or its original state. It becomes blue/green when exposed to sunlight because I believe it is already emitting phosphorus.

The Photo in the Dark

I was amazed by the pendants! Haha! I very fond like glow in the dark stuff since I was a kid. I used to put glow in the dark stars and moon on the ceiling of my bedroom.

It's a perfect gift for your loved ones or for yourself, of course. Haha! Good news for you, fam! You can buy this at my Charis shop at a discounted price. We also offer COD (for PH)! It is 1,030 pesos per piece. Available in pure silver and silver-plated (Price varies)! You don't have to worry because I guarantee you, it is authentic ;)

Milk is not just known for its moisturizing effect but also works well with sensitive skin. It widely used in most of the beauty products like soap, lotions, and creams.