Tuesday, June 12, 2018

How to Prepare for a Trip

Here are some tips for your next trip out of town! 

Preparing for a trip can be stressful yet exciting. For me, it’s not just about packing clothes and setting aside toiletries, making sure it doesn’t exceed the baggage allowance. It also includes charging batteries and deciding which camera/s to bring. It’s also about making sure my blog has new content waiting to be published on the days I’m away.

Preparing for a trip also includes fixing the itinerary, especially if it’s my first time in a province/country. I always recommend having something listed down, even if it’s not broken down per day or per time slot. Having internet connection is also essential, not only for posting your OOTDs, but also to help you with directions. I’ve learned that Google Maps can be your best friend in times like this. It’s very easy to navigate trains, roads, and even bus stops, so you’ll know which ones to take and when to expect them. You can either rent a Wi-Fi device while you’re still in the Philippines or just purchase a sim card when you get to your destination. For our last visit to Taiwan, my future MIL bought sim cards for Tim and me, so all we had to do was to insert them into our phones, change our phone’s mobile data settings, and we’re good to go.

Aside from all these things, I also make sure to drop by a nail spa and a waxing salon a few days before a trip. I know, I know, it’s not something you see on lists like this, but it’s also a crucial step, especially for us girls.
Prior to my Taiwan trip, I visited Nailaholics at Ayala Cloverleaf. It’s one of their newest branches, so I thought I’d try out the service. Since I was rushing to an event afterwards, I decided to just get a Manicure and Pedicure.

I was pretty happy with the results; for my hands, I went with a white polish, something super different from the colors I usually get. I’ve always wanted to try white on my nails, though to be honest, it’s pretty high maintenance, so perhaps getting it in gel form is better. For my toes, I went with my usual reddish-purple color. I dunno, I just like how it looks on my toes. It didn’t take long for Ann and Jhen to finish, and since I had some time left, I decided to also pay Hey Sugar a visit. It’s pretty convenient since it’s located just beside Nailaholics.

Hey Sugar is a waxing salon that makes use of sugar, so everything’s safe and organic. The technicians seem to be trained well too. I availed of their eyebrow threading and half-leg waxing services.

The eyebrow threading wasn't as painful compared to my previous threading experiences, so I commend Ate Sette for a job well done.

The hot wax on my legs was surprisingly tolerable as well. Ate Lourdes made me feel comfortable and ensured that the wax wasn't too hot for me at any given time. She also patiently answered all the questions I had about the wax they use and how to care for my legs afterwards. You'll definitely see me again, Hey Sugar :) 
Visit Nailaholics and Hey Sugar at the 4th level of Ayala Cloverleaf, Balintawak, Quezon City.
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