Saturday, September 7, 2013

Is studying abroad for you?

Here's a piece I wrote about studying abroad. There are tips on how to make your stay overseas easier and a list of some of the available scholarships for Filipinos. :)
EU Delegation's Chargé d' Affaires Lubomir Frebort poses for a photo with the new Erasmus Mundus scholars. Photo from the EU Delegation.

MANILA, Philippines - Studying abroad is something a lot of us dream of. The opportunity to travel and see new places, meet new people, and see things in a different perspective – it's like living a whole new different life.
But one thing that is definitely not easy about it is hitting the "pause" button in your life. You will have to put everything at home on hold while you're studying. You will also be very far away from your friends and loved ones for a long time.
Despite the cons, there were 26 who were brave enough to embark on an educational journey under the Erasmus Mundus scholarship program this year.
Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility program in the field of higher education that aims to encourage students from outside Europe to take advanced degrees in the EU. The program takes its name from Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus.
People, not necessarily students, are given funding to cover their study and living expenses for the duration of their course. The program aims to promote dialogue and understanding among young people around the world, and at the same time to strengthen the global links of European higher education.
Kaiser is one of the lucky students. He's enjoying a semestral break in Manila in the middle of taking up his Masters in Global Innovation Management. He spent his first year at the University of Strathclyde and by October, he will be flying to Germany to finish his studies at the Technische Universitat Hamburg.
He says the best thing about being an Erasmus scholar is the experience of being taught by the best professors. "One of my professors is among the the Editors in Chief of the Six Sigma journal," he narrated. "He's paid hundreds of thousands of pesos every hour and we get him two hours every week. So everyone is all ears when he's talking. That's the caliber of professors that I'm thankful to have during the course."
Continue reading the article in Rappler.com by clicking here.
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Been busy with work and preparations for next month's big event so I haven't been writing here as much. You can check the Life and Style section of Rappler for some of my work. Been writing there since August 1.
Sorry, blog. I promise to make it up to you soon. 
XX,
C

Thursday, August 8, 2013

FYI



Just in case you haven't heard it from someone else yet; I am no longer connected with the Solar News Channel. I'm now with Rappler as their Lifestyle reporter.

Yesterday, I interviewed Apprentice Asia winner Jonathan Yabut live in the Rappler studio. In case you wanna watch it, it's right up there.

More later.

XX,
C


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ellie does it again

 

It's no secret that I'm in love with Ellie Goulding. I've been in love with her for quite a good number of years now, to be honest. She's such a sweet little ball of talent. 

She's also one of the best song writers out there at the moment (along with Robyn, of course). I can't stop myself from listening to her new single over and over again. 

BURN
E. Goulding

We, we don't have to worry bout nothing
Cause we got the fire, and we're burning one hell of a something
They, they gonna see us from outer space, outer space
Light it up, like we're the stars of the human race, human race

When the lights turned down, they dont know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world
We'll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
Cause we got the fire, fire, fire, yeah we got the fire fire fire

And we gonna let it burn burn burn burn
We gonna let it burn burn burn burn
Gonna let it burn burn burn burn
We gonna let it burn burn burn burn

We dont wanna leave, no, we just gonna be right now
And what we see, is everybody's on the floor acting crazy getting lurker to the lights out
Music's on, im waking up, we stop the vibe, and we bump it up
And it's over now, we got the love, there's no secret now, no secret now

When the lights turned down, they dont know what they heard
Strike the smash, play it loud, giving love to the world
We'll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
Cause we got the fire, fire, fire, yeah we got the fire fire fire

And we gonna let it burn burn burn burn
We gonna let it burn burn burn burn
Gonna let it burn burn burn burn
We gonna let it burn burn burn burn

When the lights turned down, they dont know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world

We gonna let it burn burn burn burn
Burn burn burn burn

We can light it up up up
So they cant put it out out out
We can light it up up up
So they cant put it out out out
We can light it up up up
So they cant put it out out out
We can light it up up up
So they cant put it out out out

When the lights turned down, they dont know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world
We'll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
Cause we got the fire, fire, fire, yeah we got the fire fire fire

And we gonna let it burn burn burn burn
We gonna let it burn burn burn burn
Gonna let it burn burn burn burn
We gonna let it burn burn burn burn

When the lights turned down, they dont know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world
We'll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
Cause we got the fire, fire, fire, yeah we got the fire fire fire

And we gonna let it burn

Monday, July 1, 2013

On skin care

I was never a fan of Korean make-up brands as I find them too cute-sy (color and packaging wise) and in constant need of retouching. MAC Cosmetics has set the bar in my love for make-up. From colors, to packaging, to its staying power -- it's my go-to brand along with other European and American brands.

But though I'm not really a fan of make up from Korea (or anything Korean for that matter which is weird since everything-Korean is really catching on here in Manille), I was recently converted into loving their skin care products. Thanks to my best friend from college Jade and my favorite colleague Michaela.

It started months ago when Jade and I had a sleepover at her place right after her trip to South Korea with her folks.

We try out each other's make up or beauty products during sleepovers.

And we also let our crazy out.
Jade was raving about this cleansing gel that I have never ever heard of. It even sounded like gibberish to me at first.

photo credit: becleo.com
That was the first time I tried Gowoonsesang's Skin Clearing Gel. It's got this really mild, foamy formula. Mild, in a sense that it doesn't sting (I've encountered cleansers that actually hurt when used) but very effective. After washing my face with it, there wasn't anything left for the toner to clean up. You also feel this subtle tightening sensation over your skin. Which is actually a welcoming thing for people like me who are prone and deathly afraid of wrinkles.

Though I am lucky enough not to have acne/pimple prone skin, I am wrinkle-prone due to the harsh sun here in the Philippines and my caucasian heritage from my dad's side. Not a good combination -- especially for me who likes to tan the natural way! :s

The sad part about Gowoonsesang is that it's not available in the Philippines. I'd have to buy it online and wait for it to be shipped to Manila. There are some online sellers based in the Philippines that are offering Gowoonsesang products but I'm not really sold on spending money on something that might end up being a scam or a product that's not authentic. It can happen, you know. And earning your own money actually makes you very responsible in spending it. (Worry-wart/Kuripot. Hihi)

So a great thing happened last December -- my friend Michaela gave me products from Nature Republic and one of them was this:

photo credit: hermo.my
Nature Republic's Herb Dressing White Honey Foam Cleanser is prolly the next best thing to Gowoonsesang. I've been using it since early this year and I've been loving it.

It comes out as a creamy type of cleanser but when used on your skin, it turns into a light, foamy formula (good for oily skin). It  also leaves your skin brighter and with a radiant glow (great for dry skin that has the tendency to become dull).

I really like it cos it works well with my combination-type skin: dry and with a subtle hint of oil on the t-zone.

It comes in a 170ml tube and if I remember correctly, it should be very cheap -- like less than 300 pesos? (Plus points for being very very affordable! Reporter's salary, remember? Haha!) I'm gonna have to get back to you on the exact price as I haven't dropped by Nature Republic the past few days. Oh, and the great thing about it is that it's available here in the Philippines. It's got branches in major malls here so the products are very much accessible.

I was also told recently that Korean moisturizers are really good so I might try that out next. I've been way too loyal to my St. Ives Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer for the past few years (told you, I'm deathly afraid of wrinkles). Maybe it's time for a bit of change? But only if I find something that's actually better than my beloved collagen-elastin mix. I'll write about that one next time.

More later.

XX,
C

Thursday, June 27, 2013

And we did.


XX,
C

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ZOMFG

Robyn has released a music video for one of my favorite tracks in her Body Talk series and I am so digging it.


Ah, Europop. Feels like your ears are having a continuous orgasm, doesn't it?

More later.

XX,
C

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hooked

I'm so addicted to Scandal. I know, I know. I'm so late in catching on to the Scandal fever but you must forgive me as I have had my hands full.



I'm like so in love with Olivia Pope (She's this hot-shot PR genius known in Washington D.C as the best 'fixer.' She can basically get anyone out of trouble.) and her relationship with President Grant who's married to a monster of a woman.

You see, I'm a firm believer of: "If you find yourself stuck in an unhappy relationship, you should leave."  (I can imagine my mother already rolling her eyes as she reads this saying 'Kaya pala nakarami ng boyfriend eh', but better go through a tedious selection process before you actually tie the knot with someone, right? Haha.)

Easier said than done, they say. But honestly, why sentence yourself to early purgatory (and later on, it will surely turn into hell), when there's actually someone out there for you who you know you can be happy with every single day? Diba?

I went gaga over Grant wanting to give up the Presidency for Olivia at some point. Men who make huge sacrifices and take great risks for the women they love always get an A+ on my book. (Kahit pa medyo 'better late than never' ang case. Hihi.)
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I really like her and Grant's team-up. They're such a power couple. And the other characters too: There's this ex-spy 'Huck' (I'm still waiting for the writers to reveal his real name) who can hack into any system. He likes killing and torture too which is pretty cool -- in a dark, twisted kind of way. There's street smart Abby Whelan, Harrison Wright who can talk you into almost anything, and Quinn Perkins/Lindsay Dwyer who I have yet to figure out whether I really like or if I actually find her annoying.

I can't wait for Season 3. I wanna see President Grant get rid of his power-hungry first lady and just live happily ever after with Olivia. I'm all for the hottie who's in it for the l-o-v-e.  It's true that beauty  (ehem ehem) catches the attention but it's personality (and brains too) that will keep him around (ehem ehem ulit).

But who am I kidding? I'm pretty sure I'm gonna have to wait a few seasons more to get to that part of the story.

And with that, I leave you with an Olivia Pope quote:

credit: blacknbougie.com

I believe that the best love is earned. It is not easy at first. There will be challenges -- difficult ones at that. But if you stick it out and the two of you work hard to be together despite all the outside forces that may want to bring you two apart, you'll get your reward: happily ever after. Which is a pretty good thing to get, if you ask me. I think I watch too many movies and read too many books. But really, isn't it the best feeling?

More later.

XX,
C
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