Summer’s here, which signals the start of roadtrips, beaches, and trips to the pool — in some cases, to the hot springs (went to one a week ago)!
The past weekend was about an impromptu beach trip that was a little last minute after a flippant invite by my cousin — meant to tease my mom — who already has plans to go to White Rock in Subic, Zambales with the rest of his family over the weekend. What wasn’t expected by all was that my mom was “in the mood” since she’s been itching to go to the beach, at least that’s what she said. So rooms were booked and paid for then preps for the roadtrip (car check and packing) were on the way.
I’m no stranger to long drives but this will be the first time I’d drive to Subic. It’s an estimated 4-5 hour drive (according to Waze it was around 185km from my house) depending on the traffic and amount of stopovers. I had set that we leave around 3am Saturday simply because I’d rather drive with less cars on EDSA and NLEX even when it would mean I’d be driving in the dark and will be tired the rest of the day.
DAY 11 • 01 April
We ended up leaving the house around quarter past 3am. Happily made it to White Rock around quarter to 7am with only one stopover for a quick bio-break for the senior passenger, haha. Adding to the awesome start of our day was when we checked in, the resort allowed us to head on straight to our room even when standard check-in time is 12nn. I was grateful about that gesture since it allowed me to rest up a bit while we unpacked and waited for the rest of our company to wake up and start the day. They arrived the day before.
Normal skincare ritual for me on beach trips is to simply wear sunscreen with SPF 50 for my face (Nivea) and body (Eucerin). And I’d wear a little foundation and powder to mattefy the skin a bit (won’t end up looking oily/shiny, which it usually does when I wear sunscreen) and, of course, SPF for my lips — used the Sunright Lip Balm SPF 15.
This is the first photo I took with my new haircut. Nothing drastic, like I mentioned in my last post, just trimmed and updated layers. Which brings me to this one favourite product I love wearing when I’m at the beach (but, yes, I also wear it to non-beach occasions) — PreGame Texturizing Spray, “a scrutch-tastic, spritz-sational all-natural salt spray for beachy texture and tousled piece-y-ness.”
I’ve had this bottle for a few years now and I try not to waste it since I’m not certain if my friend still sells this product (she lives in New York now!).
Why I love it: it gives my hair volume and texture which makes it look awesome even when it’s being messed up by the wind and it will still look ok even after that bit when it gets wet then gets air-slash-sun dried. Oh yea, my hair smells like cotton candy, too. In the photo, I’ve had the product on for around 5 hours. It already got wet, had worn a hat, and I had pulled it into a bun, yet it still looked great (to me, at least!).
Anyway, photo I took today was just using my phone, which explains the image resolution. But I hope it’s good enough as an update.
DAY 12 • 02 April
Confession: had a late night then woke up grumpy (mom can attest to that, eep) but mood lifted around 10am after I’ve had my coffee. That morning, I was actually waiting for my muscles to start complaining but amazing enough, I was alright. I’m not bouncing-off-walls kind of energetic but I didn’t feel sluggish.
Packing and loading up the car again for the drive back to Manila. I wasn’t looking forward to it because I knew we’d be on the road after lunch and a quick stop at the duty-free (your Subic trip won’t be complete without this, haha). I would just tell myself that traffic won’t be too bad since it’s a Sunday.
We opted to have dinner on the road so we reached the house at around 730pm. Unloaded the car and unpacked. Did a bit of work and reminded myself to take a photo, haha. Believe me, I almost forgot. But yea, I was understandably knackered but I managed to stay up until around 11pm.
This made me take note — with all that I did that day — that perhaps the ageLOC Y-Span and LifePak combo I’m taking the past couple of weeks is truly working.
DAY 13 • 03 April
The effects of the trip had set in yesterday. The combo won’t give me super human powers after all, haha. Altho it was bearable since I did manage to finish a few things for work plus handle a delivery that arrived. I just ended up having an afternoon nap (something I don’t normally do) and the muscle aches didn’t require me to take pain meds.
What’s notable yesterday was I noticed that the rough patch of skin around my cheekbones is gone. I was, like, “finally!” I was starting to get worried that I was going through a repeat, albeit rather late, of my pubescent period. There are still tiny bumps but hardly noticeable now. This makes me extremely happy.
I had doubled up on use of the Nu Skin Exfoliant Scrub (instead of just once a week, I have been using it every other day) starting the beach weekend; thinking it would help remove dead skin faster and perhaps polish it a bit. I was actually planning to do a test run on the mud mask but didn’t have the time. I’ll get around to it eventually.
DAY 14 • 04 April
Earlier today, I was given a nice compliment. It was unexpected esp coming from one of my uncles. He simply noted that I didn’t look like someone who went to the beach — referring to the lack of change in my skintone. I had self-consciously smiled and, being me (someone who can’t take compliments well), I automatically resorted to a self-deprecating response (said with a laugh tho!) which goes something like, “maybe it’s because you’re used to seeing my skin as naturally dark like this.”
One thing you’d have to know about my family is, they’d love to tease and make fun of each other. This is how we show affection, I guess. They’d be quick to point out a flaw, poking fun at it, but a little stingy on the praise. So, we usually proceed with caution with each flattering remark thrown our way. There’s always that wind-up which will soon follow, haha.
Anyway, it did cause me to look my photos over — no red nose, or burnt skin, and my skin is a shade darker but the change is minute. Funny thing is, I did spend a considerable amount of time under the (mid-morning to noon and afternoon) sun — enjoying the wave pool, playing with those fancy-schmancy water guns with my cousins’ kids, went kayaking, and got on the giant inflatable slide which sat on the shallow part of the surf.
I must be doing something right, haha.
How about you? Where you headed this summer?
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You can read other posts that are part of the #NS30 project:
• #NS30: 1st 10 Days with a new regimen
• #NS30: Hitting the Halfway Mark
• #NS30: Roadtesting the Mascara x Mud Mask x Hair Mask
• #NS30: Don’t Let the Bad Ruin the Good
• #NS30: Easter Weekend
• Final Days of the #NS30 Project