Friday, November 27, 2015

Day Two in Paris

Its Sunday! I woke up at exactly 6 am. It rained. I had 12 hours of sleep! Imagine that! Any way, I was well rested (as in super!) and ready to explore again Paris for the last time. I had my very first breakfast in BVJ and kept a handful of cheese and toasted bread. =) I left the hostel at exactly 8am. It was cold and a little bit gloomy. Upon entering the Louvre Palace, there are only a few people loitering around. Of course, I did take a few selfies before going to the main entrance of the Louvre Museum. Voila! There they are! The people are already lining up.
Enjoy the photos of Day 2!
First stop - to explore the 60,600 square meter Louvre Museum. A must see aside from the Eiffel Tower. This is one of the largest museums and a historic monument in Paris, France. It contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments. Since the museum is too big, I decided to see the famous paintings only. Entrance Fee is at 15 Euros.

Captive (The Dying Slave) Michelangelo
Selfie with Monalisa

The Winged Victory of Samothrace
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. Designed by Charles Percier, and Pierre Francois Leonard Fontaine, this triumphal arch measures 63 feet (19 m) high, 75 feet (23 m) wide, and 24 feet (7.3 m) deep. The 21 feet (6.4 m) high central arch is flanked by two smaller ones, 14 feet (4.3m) high and 9 feet (2.7m) wide. Around its exterior are eight Corinthian columns or marble, topped by eight soldiers of the empire.
Jardin de Tuileries (Tuileries Garden). This is one of the oldest and famous garden in Paris that was built in 1564, created for Queen Catherin de' Medici and was remade in 1664 by Andre le Notre for Louis XIV. This public garden is located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde.
The view of Eiffel tower from Tuileries Garden!!!
 Luxor Obelisk. This is a 23 meter (75 ft) high Egyptian obelisk standing at the center of the Place de la Concorde that was given to France as a gift by Muhammed Ali of Khedive Egypt and arrived in Paris on December 21, 1833. The Luxor Obelisk is made of red granite, it has hieroglyphics from the Egyptians that depict the rule of Ramses II and Ramses III and is over 3,000 years old.
 Avenue des Champ-Elysees. The  name is French for the Elysian Fields, the paradise for dead heroes in Greek mythology. The French proudly called this as "the world's most beautiful avenue"
Arc de Triomphe de I'Eltoile. Located at the end of Champs-Elysees is the Triumphal Arch of the stars that honours those who fought and did for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic wars, with names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. This monument stands 50 metres (164 ft) in height, 45m (148 ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) deep. This design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus.
 Eiffel Tower. The tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world!
Notre-dame Cathedral. The largest and most well-known church buildings in the world ad widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic Architecture.
Of course, I was ecstatic to see the Eiffel Tower and Notre-dame. I never thought that I will see it in the flesh. I am so overwhelmed. When I arrived at the Notre-Dame I was teary eyed and when I enter the church and light the candles, I cried. I am very thankful. I did not take any pictures inside because I want to feel the solemnity and sacredness of it. I hear the mass even if the language is in French. I just listened and read afterwards the leaflet for the day's mass. 
I survived in Paris! My first solo travel! I'm just so proud of myself! ^_^
Reference: Wikipedia,

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Banila Co. officially launched in the Philippines

Korea continues to invade the Philippine market as Banila Co., Korea's most multi-awarded Korean cosmetics brand in the field of base makeup officially launched the brand and its wide array of products in the Philippines.
The launched was graced by Banila Co. CEO Mr. Chang Soo Kim, Chief Make Up Artist Mr. Kanpil Kim and Managing Directors Cathryn and Jon Lim of All That Blush Trading Inc.

From the first opening of its flagship store in South Korea in 2005, it rapidly grown and now has become the second best-performing Korean cosmetics brand in China. With this success, Banila Co, continues to expand in the Asian neighboring countries such as Taiwan and here in the Philippines. And in 2016 they will also launch in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.
Banila Co's products help women achieve the popular Korean "Lit from Within" look. Endorsed by Korean actress/TV presenter Song Ji Hyo, Banila Co.'s primers, foundations, gel eyeliners, CC Creams, makeup cleansers and the like have been lauded by the most prestigious arbiters in the industry for its prestige quality, creative packaging, and disruptive innovation.

The "Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm" captivated Korean beauty enthusiasts that they snapped up the product a staggering rate of 1 cleanser for every 4.8 seconds.

The "Prime Primer" marked as the best primer in the industry by Get It Beauty, a Korean cable program that reviews the best cosmetic products in the market. Its silky smooth texture and its potent ability to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines makes it the best primer there is.

Banila Co. boasts its "IT Radiant CC Cream" as it is the first and only water-based CC Cream in the market. This has been the best selling CC Cream in Korea for 3 years running.
If you want to check out Banila Co.'s products, head over to Glorietta 4. It will soon open its doors in Robinson's Place Manila and other prime malls in Metro Manila so you better watch out for that. 

For more information, you can visit Banila Co's social media accounts:
Instagram: @banilacoph

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Day One in Paris

 Hello, Tegel Airport! Hello, Paris!
And my journey begins.

Exactly one month ago I was in France. After our business trip in Germany, I went to see the City of Lights and Love - Paris. I only have two days to explore and enjoy this beautiful city. I was very excited. I never thought that I will have this chance to see Paris in the flesh! I am just so thankful and like "OMG! I am really here! Thank you, Lord! Thank you, First Gen!".
Enjoy the Photos of Day 1!

Checked in at BVJ Louvre Youth Hostel.
This map above was given by the receptionist. She highlighted the different landmarks that I needed to see. The red circle is the exact location of the hostel.
BVJ Louvre Youth Hostel is located at no. 20 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris.
This is in front of Christian Loubutin store. There are a lot of nearby cafes too. True to its description in their email confirmation of my booking, it has very SIMPLE and very BASIC facilities - no lift (elevator), no laundry, no hair dryer, no bar, alcohol is not allowed and no free WI-FI. You can avail of a 24 hour Wi-Fi connection for 2 Euros at the lobby only. You will just find the necessary: only bunk beds, free linens, city maps, early French breakfast (from 7:15 am to 9:15 am) and 24 hour open space for luggage. If you want to avail a locker it will cost you 2 Euros. A resident card will be issued to you that you need to present every time you enter the hostel, ask for the room key and to avail of the free early breakfast. They only a lot one key per room so you just have to be cautious of your belongings and must put a lot of trust on your room mates.
 Church of St. Eustache, considered a masterpiece of late Gothic Architecture that was built between 1532 and 1632.
 The Louvre Palace
 Behind me is the famous Louvre Pyramid. 
 Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, is the triumphal arc located in the Place du Carrousel at the open end of the courtyard of the Louvre Palace. This was commissioned in 1806 to commemorate Napoleon's military victories of the previous year. Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel should not be confused with the Arc de Triomphe de l'Eltoile that stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle at the western end of the Champs-Elysees.
Pont des Arts Bridge, the first metal bridge in Paris that is currently under construction. This where you can find the Paris love locks that was removed to save from the weight of hundreds and thousands of brass locks. Behind me is the French Institute.
Orsay Museum, that holds mainly French Art from 1848 to 1915.

A view of the Eiffel Tower from Tuileries Garden.
The streets and other landmarks in Paris.
Day one is really a familiarization day for me. I did not use the map and just walk freely. I am so amazed of each and every structure I see. Like I forgot that I need to take photos and document this amazing trip. I am overwhelmed and my heart keeps pounding non-stop. I feel secure but at the same time I am still cautious to each person I bumped into. I am happy that my hostel is accessible to all the important landmarks in Paris. If given the chance to visit again Paris, I will definitely check in again at BVJ Louvre Youth Hostel.

More stories to come!

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