Blog Under Construction!

Hi everyone! My blog¬†will be undergoing site maintenance as I’m currently transferring everything from my WordPress.com blog to my self-hosted WordPress blog (FINALLY, AFTER MONTHS OF THINKING ABOUT IT). ūüôā This website will still be *supposedly* accessible via http://erikadejesus.com, but¬†in case it shows¬†a bunch of errors during the transfer, kindly open the site through the old URL at¬†https://erikadjesus.wordpress.com for the meantime.

Once the transfer is done (hopefully within the day), http://erikadejesus.com will be completely accessible again with¬†all the old posts and content, including the comments that had already been posted. All my subscribers will also be moved to the¬†new blog, so if you’re already following me,¬†my posts will still be appearing on your¬†WordPress Reader.¬†If you want to receive updates via email, however, you’d have to input your email address¬†in the “Subscribe via Email” widget of the sidebar regardless of your WordPress Reader subscription status. Sorry for the inconvenience!

I’ll make another post the moment¬†I’m done with conducting the maintenance! I can’t wait for all of you to see the new layout I worked so hard on!

Hope you’re all having a great day! ūüôā

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M√∂venpick Hotel, Mactan Island, Cebu (July 8-9, 2014)

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Photo taken from Travel Trilogy.

The Mövenpick Hotel in Mactan Island is a branch of the renowned Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts group, a tried and tested brand of hotels I have had the privilege of experiencing in a number of other countries when I was younger.

Anyway, I mentioned I’d make a review of our hotel stay on the blog¬†post about our¬†Cebu trip¬†some weeks back, so here it is!

M√ĖVENPICK HOTEL MACTAN CEBU RATING SUMMARY
Price: 2.5/5.0
Accommodation: 4.0/5.0
Outdoor Facilities: 5.0/5.0
Customer Service: 4.5/5.0
Food: 4.5/5.0
TOTAL: 4.1/5.0

Click to see the rest of the review, including some of the photos we took during our stay! ‚Üí

Travel Diaries: Cebu, Philippines (July 8-12, 2014)

Common notion is that traveling is a hobby of the rich and the affluent, of people who have nothing much to do but see the world with their surplus finances; that ordinary people can’t afford it, or can, but choose not to because there are much more important things to spend traveling funds on. I’d like to think otherwise. Don’t get me wrong‚ÄĒI agree that sure, there could be more substantial expenditures to use money on and I completely understand that each individual has varying sets of priorities, but I want to dispel the belief that traveling has to be expensive and extravagant.

Indulging in the cultures and places that the world has to offer is not an activity exclusive to the rich; it is a means to self-discovery and the introduction¬†of change in one’s psyche‚ÄĒmuch unlike superficial material things that don’t have the capability to fill an aching void in a person, traveling is actually worth every cent you spend on it.

Contrary to a major misconception, although traveling requires a bit of a budget, you don’t necessarily have to bear a hole in your pocket for it. The¬†essence of a trip lies in the venue-exclusive experiences you get to gain from it, not in the level of luxury your accommodation and transportation have.

It’s been more than¬†three months since my short 5-day trip to Cebu, but when I look back to my overall experience‚ÄĒfrom the luxurious hotel check-in at the posh Movenpick Mactan, to the pocket-friendly but practical and decent stay at Express Inn, and finally the free stay at my travel buddy’s friend’s house‚ÄĒI realize that so much had changed within me since then.

Taken with the GoPro Hero 3+ with post-processing on VSCOcam and Pixelmator

At NAIA Terminal 4 with my travel buddy and childhood friend, Joy (check out her travel blog).

Click here to see the rest of the photos and to read about my trip to Cebu! ‚Üí

Site Update!

My apologies for my extremely long absence! I had been feeling completely uninspired for¬†any¬†blogging activity whatsoever these¬†past few months. ūüė¶ If it’s any consolation, I have been doing a bit of traveling since then‚ÄĒI’m currently writing this post¬†from¬†Cairo, Egypt‚ÄĒand I¬†can’t wait to post about all¬†of my trips! I also have way¬†too many new makeup purchases¬†(that I’ve already taken photos of) to write about, so here’s to actually sharing my thoughts¬†on¬†them (I will be prioritizing the new travel section of my blog¬†for the meantime, though).

To all my followers, both new and old, thank you SO¬†much for sticking around! ‚̧

P.S. I made a bunch of modifications to my website layout just recently (check out my header image, navigation menu, side bar, footer, and very subtly modified background). I hope you like them!

So I’m High-Maintenance‚Ķ So What?

Blair Waldorf

A few days ago, I came across¬†a number of¬†articles on low-maintenance women¬†and how much “better” they are compared to¬†high-maintenance¬†ones,¬†and even though I agree to some extent, it’s kind of getting on my nerves already. Why, you ask?

Well, obviously¬†I belong to the latter group‚ÄĒI¬†have all the traits that are the complete opposite of those used to describe a¬†low-maintenance woman, as found online. Let me lay down a list for reference purposes‚Ķ

Click if you’re against the objectification of women (and to continue reading, of course)! ‚Üí

iCove Beach Hotel, Subic (May 19-20, 2014)

This site has permanently moved to¬†erikadejesus.com. The exact same post you are currently viewing may also be viewed on the new¬†website by clicking¬†this link, so please head over there instead as I don’t maintain this website anymore. Thank you very much!

Grabbed from the iCove Beach Hotel Facebook page

Okay, I know I mentioned writing about having gone¬†on a trip during my¬†long absence from blogging on my previous post, but this is *not* it. This one’s a really fun summer getaway I had with my friends, Nikita, Kat, and Javier last May 19-20, and even though it’s¬†been almost¬†3 months¬†since then,¬†I can’t let that experience not be commemorated through this blog post!

Like my old post on Club Balai Isabel,¬†this was supposedly just a photo post of our trip, but again‚Ķ¬†there’s no harm in writing a review, right? Especially if it could be of help to people who are looking for places to¬†go to in Subic! ūüôā

iCOVE BEACH HOTEL RATING SUMMARY
Price: 5.0/5.0
Accommodation: 5.0/5.0
Outdoor Facilities: 5.0/5.0
Customer Service: 5.0/5.0
Food: 5.0/5.0
TOTAL: 5.0/5.0

Click to see the rest of the review, including some of the photos we took during our stay! ‚Üí

On Working Out and Staying Motivated

A little more than a month ago, someone from Healthline¬†contacted me, asking if I was interested in publishing an article of my choice by one of their authors. During that period of time, I was around a month¬†into¬†working out and going to the gym, but knowing myself I knew that in around two months’ time I would probably be lazing around already‚Ķ and to my dismay, I was right. To think I actually thought I was making progress to¬†a better, healthier lifestyle! ūüė¶

Motivation. ūüĎĆ #kotd #vscocam

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A few of the many workout gear I splurged on. Team Nike!

Thankfully, the article¬†on “staying motivated to work out” was sent to me right on time. I should really resume¬†eating clean and hitting the gym again (besides, I can’t let all my pretty workout clothes and shoes go to waste‚ÄĒplus I’m going to Cebu in around 2 weeks)‚Ķ

Click here to read the article from Healthline! ‚Üí

Club Balai Isabel, Batangas (May 15-16, 2014)

Taken with the iPhone 5 back camera with minor post-processing on Pixelmator and VSCOcam

A little more than a month ago, my best friend was still on her summer break and we were frustrated over not having gone out of town for summer yet (that wasn’t a problem in my case because I knew I was done with¬†my undergraduate degree‚Ķ forever‚Ķ mwahahahaha). That led me to looking for places to stay in in Batangas, and thankfully I came across this gem called Club Balai Isabel. I had never heard of the place before I went to their website, but¬†the moment that I did, they were throwing a 70% off promo for the last of summer. How lucky!

Taken with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Back Camera with minimal post-processing on Pixelmator and VSCOcam

Now, this was supposedly just a photo post of our trip, but then I thought‚Ķ why not make it a review as well, in case some of you guys had been thinking of checking in at the same place? ūüôā

CLUB BALAI ISABEL RATING SUMMARY
Price: 5.0/5.0
Accommodation: 4.5/5.0
Outdoor Facilities: 4.0/5.0
Customer Service: 3.0/5.0
Food: 5.0/5.0
TOTAL: 4.3/5.0

Click to see the rest of the review, including some of the photos we took during our stay! ‚Üí

Axe Gold Launch Party at Republiq Club (14/05/2014)

Axe Gold Launch Party at Republiq

Last week Wednesday, I went to Republiq Club at Resorts World Manila for the Axe Gold launch party. Everyone¬†had a can of Axe Gold on their¬†tables so we all got our chance to get a whiff of the lovely fragrance, and boy did it smell good! It sure lived up to its tagline, you know? It had that touch of sophistication‚ÄĒsomething I’m sure the ladies would adore. ūüėČ

Click to view the rest of the photos taken that night + the makeup I used! ‚Üí