The Traveller’s Way!

Manila-Bangkok-Hatyai-Malaysia!

Bangkok

A week ago, my friend and I flew to Bangkok without any tour itinerary nor pre-booked hotel accommodation. It was all DIY! We arrived at the Suvarnabhumi Ariport  at 12:30 am so we had to wait for the sun to show up before we can search for a nice place to stay in.

At 6:30 am we decided to get a ticket going to Pattaya since we heard a lot beautiful things in the said place. We boarded the bus at 7:30 and we were asked where we wanted to be dropped off. It was a 2 hour ride going to Pattaya. We didn’t know the place but we just decided to head north. There we met a taxi driver who speaks English well and helped us to get good deal at a hotel. We stayed at Cherry Inn hotel which cost 700 baht per day (not bad). This room is fully air-conditioned and has a mini fridge and TV.

Then we decided to go for a walk and since it was near the beach area we went to the port and finally decided to ride a boat to get to an island called Koh lan (coral island). The said beach was beautiful but was very crowded so we didn’t get to enjoy much and it did not really meet what we’ve expected.

We went back to Bangkok and stayed at Bangkok City Suites. The accommodation cost 900 baht per day and that already includes a breakfast buffet. The hotel was very nice and in the room we had a huge computer which I really love! Though the internet did not performed well as I expected.

In Bangkok, we went to Chatuchak Market where all the bargains are located. You can get clothes, cool items, food and everything else for a very low price. We also went to their famous MBK Mall where you can find items from Chatuchak but at higher price. Other places we visited were Khaosan Road, Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company, Temples (Wat Arun and Wat Pho)

Suvarnabhumi Ariport

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Pattaya City

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Koh Lan Island

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Extraordinary Delicacies

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Wat Pho – Reclining Buddha

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Khaosan Road

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Train Station

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Sleeper Train going to Hat Yai

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Native Restaurant in Hat Yai

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Super Hot and Spicy Beef dish! 50 baht including rice

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Going to Malaysia!

We were thinking of getting a flight going to Malaysia but because the fare is way over our budget we decided to take the train. We wanted to go straight to Butterworth but since there no more seats available we were given a Hat Yai ticket. It was a long 16 hours railway trip. The sleeper train was neat and nice plus the whole train is fully air-conditioned so we really had to wear our jackets on!

From Hat Yai, we waited another 11 hours for the next bus trip. While we waited, we went to this restaurant where we met a nice lady who offered us the dishes she cooked. Though she didn’t understand us she went out of her way to gesture what she wanted to tell us. It was really cool! We ordered some of her special dishes and it really tastes so good except for this particular viand. It was delicious but its extremely spicy and hot!

Finally, we boarded the bus going to Malaysia and at 4:30 am we arrived in Kuala Lumpur. It was so early so we ate breakfast at Mcdonalds and then headed to Petronas Tower. This was really fun! We wanted to get a good shot of the building so we tried a dozen different angles! Luckily, the IPAD was the one that captured a great shot!

Our Flight going to Manila was at 6:30 pm, so we went strolling to this beautiful Mid Valley Mall. We stayed there for a few hours to eat and shop. I personally love this Mall because this is where I found my new favorite cosmetic brand – INGLOT!!!

Free Coffee Refills

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Gorgeous Petronas Tower

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Mid Valley Mall

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Inglot Cosmetics at Mid Valley Mall!

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The Wedding: A December Bride!

December is the busiest month in a year because of the Christmas season. Most couples would have their wedding schedule before the “Ber” (Sept – Dec) months to avoid traffic, year end mall sales, family reunion, parties and all other stuff happening during this season. For many, inviting relatives and friends is a challenge since most are busy doing shopping, vacations and family get together. But my client took a brave step and opted to have their special day on the 28th of  December. The plan was a success! Their closest friends and relatives were all their and gave their support to the couple. All enjoyed and had so much fun witnessing as God joined them as one.

It was a memorable experience because I was able to witness their most joyous and heart warming moments as they exchanged vows. During the reception, the couple showed off their talents as they performed and danced for their guests. It was really nice to see newlywed couple enjoying and having fun on their wedding day. Here are some of the photos taken while I was doing her hair and makeup before the wedding ceremony:

I always forget to take a photo of the client before I do the makeup. Good thing she reminded me to take a picture of her so she can see the “Before and After” shots. Most wouldn’t want their pictures taken without any makeup on! She’s really oozing with confidence and that’s what makes her really gorgeous!

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All products used are waterproof that’s why even after dancing for an hour the bride still looks stunning.

Products used: Make Up Forever, Smashbox, Stila, PAC and Fairy Drops Mascara

High Fashion E-Session | Behind the scenes

I decided to share one of my best experience in doing engagement shoots. I had the privilege to work with two artistic and amazing photographers, Julie Barecenas and Mervin Alcachupas, plus the coolest couple ever, Marvin and Rose Ann. This was the first project that I had to combine makeup artistry, styling and art direction. The couple were very much willing to do what was conceptualized.

As an artist, each of us had different views and perspective on how we wanted to showcase our talent but all our hard work paid off. Collaborating with different artists was not really hard at all especially if all aimed for one purpose –  to create wonderful photos.  It was very overwhelming to see the results of our combined efforts, ideas and hard work. I’d like to share to you these photos that were taken before the actual photo shoot.

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We had to climb to reach the top of the hill where the famous old light house is located

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Contouring her eyes

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first test shot while doing her makeup

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Second test shot to check the light and makeup

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Fixing his hair before the shoot

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Doing another test shot

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Changing the makeup and wardrobe for their Avant Garde theme

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Actual location where the photos were taken

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Unprocessed photo by Julie Barcenas

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Another great location where we did our boho theme

Photography by: Julie Barcenas

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What’s Your Story?

I met the bride in July when I was still studying at Make Up Forever/Maquillage Professionel School of Make Up Artistry. She was model during that time. I never thought that she was serious about getting me as her Hair and Makeup Artist on her special day! It was nerve wracking since the last time I had done makeup for weddings was almost a year ago (I didn’t have any formal training during that time).

I got to know the couple on their e-session shoot. I helped them organize and create a story board for their engagement shoot. They wanted to have a vintage feel which is somewhat similar to the movie – The Notebook. I researched on the materials and pegs that we used to achieve what they wanted. I gave them the pegs and asked them to send me any similar wardrobes they have on their closet. They sent me all their clothes and shoes and then I tried to mix and match what they have.

At the day of the shoot, I just paired their wardrobes with beautiful accessories and hats. For the make up, I just made sure that it was light and a bit nude at the start of the shoot progressing to a bit dark and vintage until the end. Check out their cool AVP (created by Margaret Siason)

An Extraordinary Proposal!

Wedding Plans before wedding proposal? So extraordinary!

I met this couple a month ago and told me that they were planning to get married in march 2013 and that they would like me to be their Stylist and HMUA for their big day. I asked them if they wanted to have an e-session or prenup shoot (a term we used here in Manila) and they said yes! They wanted to have a different kind of  concept and so I shared some ideas which they immediately loved.

They chose a great location in Zambales called Capones Island. This island has the most gorgeous light house and landscape that is best for photoshoot.

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When we got to the island, I thought it was easy to get to where the Light House was located. I was carrying my heavy makeup train case and a big bag full of makeup and hair products that time. I never thought that we had to literally climb to the top. It was so tiring and a bit scary because at one point we had to cling to a rope to get us to the next level.

When we got to the top, it was haven! It was really beautiful up there but I had to do my thing so I pulled out the products I need to use for the shoot.  First peg was marilyn and james dean! Here are some of the shots (photos by Julie Barcenas)

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Second peg was Avant Garde Fashion. I borrowed this gown from a friend who’s a Designer (Belin Fliyelet) and then used a blazer and tied it at the back to give a different look.  I changed her eye shadows and lip color to match her outfit. If you notice the shoes was suppose to be a ballet shoes but since we could not find one. So, I used pink ribbons and wrapped it around her legs in a criss cross manner.

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Third Peg was Bohemian Concept! This part was the most dramatic and romantic one. While we were busy directing and shooting the couple, the groom went down on his knees and from his pocket he grab a black box and reached out for her hand. He then showed her a beautiful ring and popped the most lovely question “Will you marry me?”  They started crying. I thought it was just part of the shoot then I realized it was for real. I actually witnessed the most extraordinary proposal ever. This happened at theedge of the cliff! Here are some of the photos courtesy of Julie Barcenas!

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One Lovely Wedding

I really love weddings! It gives a moment of peace, love and joy. I was so lucky that I became part of this lovely couple’s most special day. The bride wanted a look that will just enhance her beautiful features. I decided to use Make Up Forever’s HD Primer and Face and Body Liquid Foundation no. 34 and then for her eyes I used this gorgeous Stila”s In the Moment Eye Shadow Palette for a more natural and fresh look.

I enjoyed working with this couple. I get to see they’re wacky and most intimate moments during their e-session until their big day!

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Photography by: Smart Shot Studios