Hello, Rovie Dear!

12.03.2016

Kuala Lumpur Day 1: Fare + Accomodation + City Tour

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When Paolo and I were about to celebrate our third year anniversary, going out of the country was not part of the plan. However, two weeks before our big day, I felt the need of doing something nice to my husband -- something I usually do cause it is also his birthday. So, I tried searching for affordable flights online and mind-planned a quick yet affordable adventure with my husband. Luckily, I stumbled upon Air Asia's promo fares. In a heartbeat, I was able to book a couple of roundtrip tickets to Kuala Lumpur for only Php 10,160. (Insert happy dance emoji here)
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Two weeks ago with no sleep, Paolo and I headed to NAIA Terminal 3 at 1:30 in the morning to catch our 6:30 AM flight to KL. We both came from work that day and decided to just spend the rest of the evening (or start of the morning) in the airport and wait for our boarding. Before heading to the airport, Paolo and I brought Leon to my mom's house in Navotas, as they gladly offered to look after him while we were gone. Though we wanted to bring him along with us, Paolo insisted that we spend some alone time together -- something that we don't usually do nowadays, especially now with Leon.
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We arrived in Kuala Lumpur 9:30 in the morning, Thursday, November 16. We were very impressed with the size and the facilities of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) hence the walkalator photos (hehe). I'm glad that Paolo is very street smart that he was able to locate the Aerobus counter that enabled us to go to KL Central (Kuala Lumpur's Central Terminal) from the airport for only RM 12 (Php 130) / head.
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Upon arrival at the KL Central, we found our way to Nu Central, the connecting mall on the station to book ourselves an Uber ride. We were very surprised to find out that Uber charges are WAAY lower in KL than in Manila! Fares ranges from RM 5 - 10 (Php 55 - 110) to get you around the city! (What a good steal). We rode an Uber from Nu Central to our hotel, Bagasta Guesthouse which was located at the downtown area of the city center,
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The consideration we made when we booked this hotel room, or shall I say guesthouse was price and proximity to the Petronas tower. I remember using the keyword hotels near Petronas in Agoda.com and this came on the list. Aside from its affordability, Paolo and I chose this because of the beautiful skyline view on the rooftop. We thought, at a low price, we can have a beautiful view of the city, have breakfast on the rooftop. But there's a catch.
Bagasta Guesthouse claims to offer a modern kampung (Malay house) experience. It was indeed, a house converted into a hotel and is located in a very conserative Malay community. Imagine being immersed in Malay culture. However, to our disappointment, we felt that we are downgraded to a small room (where we initially booked a superior room) -- probably because we use our Agoda points. To make things worse, the drainage in the bathroom was broken that when you flush the toilet while the faucet is running, the drain will overflow. (as in kadiri, yung laman ng toilet, lalabas doon sa drain tas magbabaha). Then, the rooftop, the beautiful view we thought we'll have while having breakfast was a joke. We thought it was a restaurant where we could drink coffee but no - it was just an empty rooftop with a single chair and table. At least we had our photo taken. And the view is nice. And the price was cheap. Oh well, they say you always get what you pay for.
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 Despite all our efforts to stay up and have the energy to start our tour, Paolo and I were just so tired and exhausted from our flight so we ended up resting before touring around the city. At around 3PM, we decided to grab our super late lunch at the KLCC Area, where the iconic Petronas Tower is located. We also bought our adaptors in the mall (guys, the universal adapter would be of good help talaga especially when you travel!!) to have our gadgets charged. Of course, being tourists, we immediately took our photos in front of the tower and even bought fisheye lens from a Filipino seller!!
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After buying all our essentials and having our late lunch in Madam Kwan's, Paolo and I ubered ourselves to Menara KL Tower (Probably costed us around RM 5 / Php 55) from KLCC. We had a glimpse of the tower and decided not to push with the walking tour of the tower (Paolo had different plans, I shall reveal it later!)
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Then it was time for Paolo's anniversary surprise. Instead of us walking around the tower eye in Menara, Paolo brought me to the Fuego, at Troika Sky Dining a restaurant with a lovely, lovely view of the city. Since I know that Paolo will bring me somewhere nice for dinner, I purposedly wore this dress shirt so I could instantly change my look. Glad I did dress well because the place was just so perfect and romantic.
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Fuego is one of the three restaurants in Troika Sky Dining and it offers South American dishes. It was a unique dining experience cause it was my first time to try a mojito with chili, and super delicious smoked quail. It also gives a beautiful view of the Kuala Lumpur  Skyline that made our night super romantic. It was Paolo's anniversary treat and I could not imagine any other way to make it better. It was all that I wanted -- good food, adorable company and of course, perfect view.
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All in all, our first day in KL was an exhausting yet exciting experience. There are still so much to share on our trip and I hope I could find time to write more. Anyways, I hope you guys like this post. It's already 2 in the morning as I type so I think I should end my post here without doing a proper conclusion on my write up.

Til my next post!

xx,
Rovie Dear

photos are taken by me and Paolo Peralta

11.23.2016

The #NewNYXPh

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A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to the VIP launch of the #NewNYXPh store in SM Megamall, Bldg A. I was beyond ecstatic to have received a beauty event invite for I haven't been into one for so long. Initially, it was a bit awkward being in an event with some of the well known beauty bloggers and also be in an event where you no one knows you.
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Fortunately, the staff and the people of NYX Philippines are friendly and accomodating enough to tour me around their new and beautiful store. A little side story - the straps of my sandals came off in the middle of trying out some of their products! I was horrified and luckily, someone from the staff lent me her slippers which enabled me to run from to my car and wear another pair of shoes! (Buti nalang I have lots of extra shoes in my car and buti nalang pinahiram nila ako!) 

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Going back to the opening of the #NewNYXph, I fell crazy in love with their new  products! I have always found nyx to have quality products in a very very reasonable price. The pigmentation, the packaging and the finish are very impressive. I have always been a fan of nyx years ago and I've always been impressed with all of their products. My personal favorite would be the Nyx above and beyond concealer, the duo stick and their very reliable soft matte lip cream. Upon my store visit I was able to finally try their lipstick suede which I absolutely absolutely love. I also tried their very nice ombre blush and their amazing eyebrow product.
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To give you an idea how my night went and how amazing the products are, here's an amateur video that I made

Hope you liked it! 

11.15.2016

The White Sando

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During the time that I was contemplating on revamping my blog (which was then THE BARGAIN DOLL), I initially thought of including a mother-and-son fashion section. I wanted to feature our matching outfits and talk about it on the blog. However, I have been miserably failing to match my outfit with Leon for lately, he began to be very choosy on the clothes he wears.
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You know why?
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It's because of sando. Yes you read it right, sando. That white, tank top for kids? That is the piece of clothing that Leon prefers to wear. Leon would cry hysterically during dress up and would only calm down if you will wear him his most comfortable white sando. After an hour of pursuing him to wear something else, we usually end up wearing him a pambahay set and would just dress him up in the car. Like in this photo set, for example.
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Leon have been insisting to wear sando so instead of having a matching denim outfit with my son, I decided to wear something white instead. Fortunately, his blue striped (almost pambahay) shorts matched on my vintage denim jacket so we still managed to have twinning outfits. Hay, if I could just show you how funny (and annoying) Leon is everytime he says "want sando, want sando," I would, to make you guys laugh a little.

Anyways, here's the photo set the husband took for my #ootd.
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Mom's Denim Jacket || Pink Bodouir Shirt || Random Dress (used as top)
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Rayban Specs || World Balance Sneakers
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My mom who takes care of Leon while I'm at work. I would not be able to do everything if not for her. She's actually my secret why I do what I do now. :)


I seriously had to dedicate a post about Leon's white sando story cause its something I find interestingly funny. Hay, life with kids. :)

Hope you liked this post! Til next time!

xx,
(Mommy Rovie Dear)