♥ (135): My ambitious to-do list

♥ (135): My ambitious to-do list

2017 is just around the corner! Are you excited!?? Cus I am beyond stoked!! There's soooo many things I want to do, places I want to visit, and dreams I hope to achieve.  I thought it would be nice to make a list and here it is! :>

(Take note: This is a combination of my plans and to-do list.)

1. TRAVEL TO DALAT, VIETNAM

This is going to happen next month (January 2017) during Tet Holiday and I'm very, VERY excited! I'm thrilled to ride the sleeper bus again. Click the link if you're interested to know my experience about riding a sleeper bus in Saigon!

♥ (133): Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette Golden Sugar

♥ (133): Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette Golden Sugar

Hi guys! I got this Makeup Revolution as a birthday present from my younger sister :p I'm really, really into makeups even if I'm not a pro. Makeup is life, girl. Unfortunately this palette is very pricey in the Philippines. It costs 650 pesos where in the UK it's only £6. Imagine the price difference??

It's so pretty I'm speechless....

♥ (132): I bought the iPhone 7+ but I'm not THAT happy about it

♥ (132): I bought the iPhone 7+ but I'm not THAT happy about it

Hi guys! I just bought the new iPhone 7 plus 128GB yesterday and trust me, before buying the phone I put too much thought into it because the price costs a fortune and my NZ adventures is waiting for me next year. But since I still have money left to save I went to the store and boom! iPhone 7 plus is in my hands.
The 6s+ is pinker or more 'rose gold' than the 7+

♥ (131): My 26th birthday

♥ (131): My 26th birthday

Hi guys! I am back with another blog post! My parents came to Vietnam last week for my 26th birthday and it was one of the best things that ever happened to me here! I booked them a flight last month and paid for their 3 nights stay in a fancy hotel (and my mom paid the other 3 nights lol). My younger sister wasn't able to come, but hopefully in January she'll have the money to pay for the flight ticket :p Enough of the talking- Let's jump straight to the photos!

(All photos taken using OPPO F1s)

Little backstory to my birthday cake. Got pissed off with my mom because she wanted to buy me a cake, but she did not have enough money for it LOL so in the end, I bought a birthday cake for myself.

♥ (130): How my iPhone 6s+ got stolen in Vietnam

♥ (130): How my iPhone 6s+ got stolen in Vietnam

Hi guys! I know I haven't blogged in weeks! I apologize >< So many bad (and good ofc) things happened e.g. like the title of this post. Yes, my iPhone got stolen last week. Yes my fucking iPhone 6s+ rose gold is gone. YES MY FUCKING IPHONE IS GONE AND I CAN'T FUCKING MOVE ON AND I DON'T KNOW WHEN WILL I MOVE ON BECAUSE I FUCKING MISS MY PHONE EVERY SINGLE DAY AND THAT PHONE COSTS AN ARM AND A LEG WHAT THE FUCK. ok sorry. I just can't get over it....

I miss my iPhone so much :<

♥ (125): My Beauty Bag: Ma Belle Box

♥ (125): My Beauty Bag: Ma Belle Box

Hi guys! I got my very first beauty box from Ma Belle Box  this morning and wow I was so stoked when I saw my name on the box! This is it! This is what I've been waiting for! I preordered the box 2 or 3 weeks ago for $13, but it's original price is around $20.

Beauty shopping in Ho Chi Minh is not difficult but expensive. Cosmetics from the US are so pricey because of the tax and shipping fees. The $10 eyeshadow palette from NYX is $15 (or more) in Vietnam. Sometimes I ask myself if it's worth buying drugstore makeup products here because the price is high-end LOL 

This is one of the reasons why I am so happy about Ma Belle Box, the first beauty box in Vietnam.

♥ (124): October = Gym time

♥ (124): October = Gym time

Hi guys! Happy October 1st!! I wanted to share something with you, but I think you can already tell what it is about just by looking at the title lol. So.... it's my first day going to the gym today!! Yes, you heard that right—I went to the gym :P In my almost 26 years of existence, today is my first time exercising at the gym. I know it's cray haha! I gained weight.. take note, I'm still underweight lol but I gained 5 kilograms in over a year! I was 42 kg last year; I'm 46.8 kg now. I know it's not much of a big deal, but my main concern is my fats on my thighs, arms, and belly! Ughhh I hate my fat tummy >_<

Anyway, if you follow me on Snapchat/Instagram, you'll know I had a rant about me signing up for a month because the price is ridiculous.... $110 per month! I didn't have any plans on being a member in the first place because the price costs a fortune. It's just that this girl forced me soooo many times and ugh... I don't want to reminisce that part anymore. The only good thing is you can use ANY equipment, join different classes, use sauna/hot shower, etc. In short, you can use EVERYTHING and ANYTHING. I've had enough of this rant so I'm gona stop now. I enjoyed my first day though! :> If you wish to find more information about the gym, click here. It's a very nice and huge gym; everything you need is there! But I'm going to find a cheaper gym next month since I can't afford paying another $110 lol and nope I don't want to avail their 12 or 18 months membership because I won't be staying in Vietnam for another year.


♥ (120): Things I want to leave behind this August

♥ (120): Things I want to leave behind this August

Okay, I don't know where to start. I feel like I'm going to write my very late New Year's resolution, but I just really, REALLY want to let this out.

If you read my last post you'd know that I was given a morning job from 7:55-11:30 a.m. I admit it was hard for me to wake up at 6, but I'm slowly getting used to it now. I regret those days where I used to wake up at 9 or 11 in the morning. I didn't like waking up early, but now that I have a morning job it's starting to grow on me. I don't drive a motorbike here in Vietnam, so the only fastest way for me to go to work is to book Grabbike. The thing is, I get up early, I prepare for work early, but I always have to wait for the driver to arrive. What I do is I book Grabbike 5 minutes earlier before my actual departure (which is around 7:15 - 7:20 a.m). But sometimes, the driver takes more than 5 minutes to arrive. And that's where I get irritated. And that's why I am late to work and get more irritated. And since this post is about things I want to leave behind this August, I will not book Grabbike anymore and look for a permanent xeom driver who will drive me to and from work.

♥ (119): One touch of a hand can set the spiral in motion

♥ (119): One touch of a hand can set the spiral in motion

Lyrics from SAINT MOTEL - "Move"

Hiiiii guys! What's up?! Nowadays it's a bit hard to find time to blog because it's either I'm tired from work or my English writing skill sucks balls lol

I was given a morning job last week which was GREAT! You know what? Good things really come unexpectedly. I was soOoOo fucking desperate to get a morning job because I only have afternoon classes at AIS, but then my manager asked if I could teach in Cong Hoa campus (same school but different campus) and I said YES without hesitation! I started my morning class Wednesday last week. Good thing is, I have morning classes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:55 to 11:10 AM. I have 4 classes in the morning and 3 classes every afternoon. More working hours = more $$$. I am always, ALWAYS thankful for all the blessings that have (and will) come my way.

Before I continue talking let's proceed to the photos first, shall we


♥ (117): People making choices they can't fake

♥ (117): People making choices they can't fake

Lyrics from Clean Bandit - Extraordinary ft. Sharna Bass
Today's my grandpa's birthday and I still wish he's still here to celebrate. But it's okay I know my grandparents are celebrating together :> I still get so emotional whenever I talk about my grandpa so.

I went to school today to get books for the new semester which will start tomorrow. Well, it's actually today, but foreign teachers start tomorrow. My class schedule is still unorganized, but I'm praying that the manager will not add another Writing class because it's hard to check test papers lol T-T

I had a chitchat with my co-teacher before going to the tailor. I needed a new blue skirt because the old one was so tight and I have big butt. I'm a part of the itty bitty titty committee, but at least I've got a butt yussssss! I will now have the confidence to walk in and out of the classroom without my students staring at my butt (yes it happens). 

It's rainy season now in Vietnam. It rains every fucking day—not that I am complaining, but since semester starts tomorrow it means I have to walk in the rain lol. I am moving this Saturday and I am very much excited!!! :D I haven't packed my things yet (I really hate that part tbh), but moving to a new place is what excites me the most! I can't wait to find and explore hidden gems around my area :)


Video call on Skype with my beloved friends in the Philippines. I miss them so much!! :< Antonette is one of my good friends in Uni. Nikko and I became friends during our internship. He studies in different Uni, but that didn't stop us from being friends.

Long conversation with Ted from nights ago. I decided to change his name to "mi amor" (my love) because it's in Spanish and it's cute!

♥ (115): Recent life updates!

♥ (115): Recent life updates!

Hi everyone! I know I've been MIA for couple of weeks >< I've been busy with things :P Nah not really! I just have nothing to blog about tbh. I do have rants though, but I don't know if they are worth sharing.

A week ago my Vietnamese friend and I ate seafood. I didn't know seafood is a bit expensive in Vietnam til I saw the bill. Everything we ordered was around 400.000 VND. We ordered 5 dishes, but I did not take a lot of pictures because my hands were filthy.



We went to Nguyen Hue afterwards to drink milk tea. The walking street is VERY busy at night. Thousands of people, expats and locals, come to this street to play, take pictures, walk, have dates, and ride on their hoverboards.

We went to this building that looks shady in the morning, but very beautiful at night with all those colorful lights. We went up to the 9th floor (guess what, there's an elevator fee that costs 3.000 VND lol) where Boo Coffee is located.


♥ (114): My first tattoo in Vietnam

♥ (114): My first tattoo in Vietnam

Hi everyone! I got my first tattoo today yayyyy!! Trust me it does not hurt THAT much because it's just a small piece. The injection of local anesthesia on my gum is MORE painful tbh
I had my tattoo at 3xu.shop; I actually don't know her name I was not able to ask haha, but she's really nice and she speaks English which is great- no language barrier!
I first saw her shop on Facebook a week ago so I asked the price for the mini tattoos. She said it's around $12-20 depending on the size and color. And guess what? IT WAS JUST LAST NIGHT WHEN I FINALLY DECIDED TO HAVE A TATTOO lol I sent her the photo of a piece I want and she gave me her price and I'm all set to get inked!

It did hurt yes. I was saying "aww" and "that hurts" but good thing is I did not see any blood. Maybe it's because the ink is black lol
Don't worry she changes needles LOL I saw her putting a new needle in the gun (if that's what you call it). Everything happened so quickly- I sat down on the chair, she prepared the things she needed, put on her gloves, and the inking began.
She also makes tiny matchboxes that has cute messages inside; each costs $1. I'm going to buy two of these before I leave for NZ. For sure Ted will love these! <3 If I have this kind of talent I will upload my drawing videos on Youtube and create stories using my own drawings and I'll be popular and famous companies will contact me and offer me shit tons of money and I'll be rich!! #agirlcandream

♥ (113): My second visa run

♥ (113): My second visa run

Hi everyone! I did my second visa run today to Mocbai because my previous one will expire on the 20th and we need to submit our documents for our TRC (Temporary Registration Card) on the 15th. 
I had a smooth transaction with the immigration officers in Mocbai and Bavet, Cambodia. The whole process took me less than 2 hours minus the traveling time!
If it's your first time doing the visa run and your passport is a member of the ASEAN (or if you're visa-free to Cambodia) then this is for you! I know other nationalities have to pay, but I have no idea how much.
By the way, I got DN (business visa) Single entry for 1 month. Things you need to bring:
-invitation letter
-your passport
-3x4 picture 
-money in USD (I heard VND is also ok)

Step 1: Book a bus ticket to Cambodia or get on at Bus 603 on Pham Ngu Lao st. In my case, I booked a ticket to Lac Hong Tours. Saigon to Mocbai costs 180.000 VND- yes I know it's expensive compared to Bus 603 which costs 40.000 VND, but the good thing is that the bus assistant will collect your passport and give directly to the immigration officer (same in Bavet). You don't have to fall in line; just wait for your name to be called and you're good to proceed to Step 2!

Step 2:  You can just walk or ride the bus (if you rode a bus tour) from the Vietnam border to Bavet border. Just make sure to inform the bus assistant that you're only until Bavet. When you have your arrival stamp, walk to the other side of the immigration to have your departure stamp. Take note that you have to pay 50.000 VND- I don't know what it's for, but coffee money I guess

Step 3: Walk from Bavet to Mocbai border. It takes 5-7 minutes. When you reach Mocbai go inside the old Duty Free or an abandoned mall (I don't really know lol) and hand your passport, picture, and invitation letter to the immigration officer. She will give you a form to fill in and when you're done, give her all the documents (passport, invitation letter, and form from IO) with the money. Take note that the stamping fee for DN single entry is $25 BUT the officer asked for $30. I really need to apply as an immigration officer and rip people off -_-

♥ (111): Obtaining a work permit in Vietnam

♥ (111): Obtaining a work permit in Vietnam

Hi guys! I just recently submitted my documents for the renewal of my working permit here in HCMC Vietnam and I think it's time for me to share my experience or the things I did before processing my documents (authentication and translation). Keep in mind that the school you'll work at will tell you the required documents for the WP. So what are those documents?
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Disclaimer: This is based from my own experience of getting and renewing work permit in Vietnam. Others may have different case. I just want to remind you that I am from the Philippines.
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1. Certified copies of your degree certificates (Transcript of Records, Diploma, etc) (original)
2. English/Teaching certificates (TEFL, TOEFL, TESOL, CELTA) (original)
3. Criminal or police record from the Philippines (or your home country). Make sure it's 6 months valid. (original) In renewing your WP you don't need to submit this.
4. Employment certificate (at least 3 years working experience). This is a new regulation for foreigners in getting a work permit. It can be in Vietnam, in other countries, or in your home country. TAKE NOTE: Make sure to provide an employment certificate AND a work permit from your previous work in Vietnam if you've taught in other schools or language centers.
5. Medical check-up in VN. The school will tell you the hospitals where you can do this.
6. 3x4 pictures (this depends on the school, but my school asked for 3x4 size)
7. Passport with valid DN visa
8. Criminal record in Vietnam (It's on Pasteur St., but I forgot the street number. It takes weeks to get this! For the renewal of WP you don't need this anymore)

What do you do next?
For number 1, you need to ask your university registrar to have your documents certify and valid for use abroad (at least that's what I remember hehehe). They will send your documents to DFA for red ribbon.

For 2, 3, and 4, you have to go to the office of notary public to notarize your legal documents. Next step is DFA for red ribbon. For number 4, I wrote a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) and went to Consulate General of the Philippines here in Vietnam for the red ribbon or authentication- don't forget to bring a copy of your passport. When you receive the documents (SPA & red ribbon) you must send it back to the Philippines so your mother/father/representative can bring them to notary public together with your employment certificates.

This is the copy of my employment certificate from the Philippines.

My documents from university.

My TEFL certificate.

♥ (107): Rant, rant, and rant

♥ (107): Rant, rant, and rant

Hi guys! I think it's been over a week since the last time I posted! Waddup?! Many things have happened in the last few days. Let's have a quick run through!
a.) I had a (failed) job interview because of one question: Have you taught Math? HAHAHA NOPE! For me it's disappointing to say No, I have no experience in teaching Mathematics, but honesty is the best policy. I hate Mathematics! I can't even multiply 7 x 8 in just five seconds! I mean, Math for younger kids is very easy, but I don't think I can apply my teaching method in Literature/English when teaching Math. They are two different subjects! Also, why email me for a job interview when you are looking for Math teacher? -_- But all good, it's also a nice experience for me :)
b.) We are asked to submit our documents for work permit renewal on or before 25th. I was so worried that I won't be able to do it because I was waiting to get paid from my online work. I told Ted that I have no choice but to borrow money. 4PM yesterday I got a call from Shinhan Bank (the best bank in Vietnam IMHO) saying that I received money from overseas. I asked when it will be deposited to my account and she replied, RIGHT NOW. You have no idea how happy I was yesterday that finally I can claim my translated documents and have my medical check-up!! Not gonna lie, but I was already on the verge of losing hope! I told this to my co-teacher and he advised me to think positive and just believe and trust in God because He will never let me down.
c.) August and I went to Acoustic Bar in District 3. The place is TOO CROWDED, but I had a good time watching and listening to the bands nonetheless!

There are 4 bands every night and each band performs for 45 minutes. I had a great time, but not the best company. My Vietnamese friend ALWAYS talks and complains about her boyfriend, her Indian boss who likes her, and her job. Whenever we meet I feel like she just wants to brag or show-off something about her. Okay I think this is going to be a pretty long rant. Just bear with me for a while pls :P

♥ (106): New Zealand - Pukekura Park x Taranaki Cathedral

♥ (106): New Zealand - Pukekura Park x Taranaki Cathedral

Heya guys!! More photos from when I was in New Plymouth!
My cousin and her husband took me to Pukekura Park and I loved it there!


The first thing you will see when you enter the park is this.



It looks so calm and peaceful.




This shot looks so beautiful! 

♥ (105): New Zealand - New Plymouth

♥ (105): New Zealand - New Plymouth

I have never posted my New Zealand photos even in my previous blogs so here they are :)
These are random photos from when I visited my cousin in New Plymouth in May 2014.

P U K E A R I K I M U S E U M




 I took this photo not because of the dog, but because my real name is there - Keith.

I miss my long hair! I straightened my hair months before I traveled to New Zealand :< Now my hair is back to being dry and wavy. I might have hair treatment here in Vietnam before I leave for NZ because it's way cheaper here!


♥ (103): My Own Observation While Living in Vietnam

♥ (103): My Own Observation While Living in Vietnam

I think I have lived long enough in Vietnam for me to write this post. Or maybe not. June 22, 2016 marks my one year anniversary of living in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. And if you think I am already used to riding at the back of the xeom, or talking to Vietnamese people who think I am also Vietnamese, then you are.... WRONG lol

By the way, this post is only based on my own random thoughts and observation. No big deal, okay?

1. I don't know why Vietnamese people (especially security guards) leave their plates with leftover food on the street or beside the trees. I don't have pictures as proof, but I always see it whenever I walk to school. I mean, yes, the owner of the restaurant where they ordered the food will collect those plates, but WHY LEAVE THEM THERE? Why can't they bring it back on their own? That is why cockroaches and rats here are always in a good mood and don't starve heehee

2. When you go to Bui Vien or Pham Ngu Lao street and have a drink, people will offer you either alcohol or marijuana.
Photo from www.bankerinthesun.com

Bui Vien is a looooong street full of bars, night clubs, and restaurants. And you will see tons of expats there every single night. Not gonna lie during my first time on Bui Vien street I really liked it, but I heard a lot of horror stories in this place like someone putting roofie in your drink, bag or phone snatching, etc. so as much as possible I want to avoid this place. But few days ago I was here and was offered marijuana for $2 ;D


3. Grabbike is convenient, at least for me. I always make sure to write "Please speak English" on the 'notes to driver' but so far only 3 or 4 drivers got the memo :P When they call and speak English I already feel happy and safe HAHAHA not that other drivers aren't safe, but it's still different (and rare?) when drivers know how to speak English.

Few days ago I had a buffet dinner with my co-teachers and luckily the Grabbike driver I booked knows how to speak good English. We had a good talk about the new president of the Philippines, Vietnamese food, and his favorite Filipino song. I should only pay around $1, but I gave him more than that as a tip. Such a good guy!

♥ (101): All I want is an adventure for the dreams in my head

♥ (101): All I want is an adventure for the dreams in my head

→ Lyrics from Cheat Codes - Adventure
Hi guys! I finally have (limited) time to blog about my Nha Trang trip! Yayy!
It's been a month since my trip so apologize for the lack of details :< I only based it from the hundreds of photos I took heehee!

I stayed in Nha Trang for 3 days. The traveling time (8-9 hours) was cray cray, but I seriously love Nha Trang more than Ho Chi Minh City. Let's start on my 2nd day first when I went to Vinpearl. Adult ticket costs $27 each; quite pricey yeah, but it was worth it!

We had to wait in a queue to ride a cable car to Vinpearl Land since it is located in another island. We can ride a boat, ferry, or cable car. Note: You must pay the tickets first before riding the cable car.

So this is your view from the cable car. On the right photo you can already see the name VINPEARL :) Even if you are on the road you can never miss seeing this island and the word Vinpearl on it.

 This (left photo) is the first thing you will see as soon as you step out of the cable car.

I forgot what time we arrived, but I think it was around 10 AM and there were few people that time. I was really happy despite the heat because we did not have to wait in a queue for the rides :D

The first ride August and I tried is the Sky Drop. I love this ride so much and I felt like my heart dropped!! I was screaming, "omg, shit, oh my god" the whole time hahaha we rode this twice, one was in the morning and the second one was in the afternoon ;D Way better than the roller coaster, hate it!