BPI Foundation: The Sinag Program

I've always been a strong advocate of self-improvement and youth empowerment, always willing to share my knowledge and experiences with people who want to listen. As such, I'm blessed to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who continue to pursue their goals and passions without thinking twice if there will be an ROI or return of investment - something that eventually becomes present in the long run.

This is also why BPI Foundation's Sinag Program caught my attention. They're also working towards the same thing - to empower social entrepreneurs and support these young businessmen/women. The more I read about their Sinag Program, the more I began to feel like I wanted in on their advocacy.

Go to their website here

My Go-to Makeup Essentials

They say makeup should enhance a person’s natural beauty, and I’m all for enhancement. While I don’t wear makeup everyday (only during “feeling pretty” days, special events, and meetings) I’ve come up with a routine-to-materials-available ratio that works for me. These aren’t by any means expensive as far as I know, so if you want to know more, please keep reading!

Note: I wasn’t sure if I should do a little makeup routine video to complement this post, so I just didn’t do one. I’m also still trying to get over my fear of appearing on camera and subjecting myself to judgmental internet creeps. 

Disclaimer: I’m not a beauty guru or makeup artist. Just putting it out there, haha.

1. Covering Concealers by Douglas (Shades 2 & 3)

I used to wear concealer sticks - often way lighter than normal - but soon found liquid concealers more to my liking. They’re easier to apply too, and easier to blend out with a beauty blender or blending brush. I don’t use #2 often as #3 is more my shade (the reflection made #3 darker than it really is in real life). I’ve got my aunt to thank for these babies, as she gave these to me during her recent vacation from Germany. 

Komentarista Café: A Quaint Place to Hang Out

A lot of coffee shops have been popping out in Naga City the past few months, and each one has had to adjust to make themselves unique so people keep coming back to them. Among them is Komentarista Café, located along Mayon Avenue.

It’s a two-story building that’s a great size for intimate conversations or spoken-word sessions, something they’re also known for. (I’ve got a work mate who regularly performs his spoken-word pieces here.) I had never been to the place despite living near the area, so I decided to tag along with colleagues one weekend.

It was around 7-8pm when we got here, and I was quite glad to have the place to ourselves (aside from a couple by the terrace), mostly so that I could do a little photoshoot for the blog. 

You can order food and drinks from the counter downstairs, then proceed upstairs to find a table. That evening, I remember us getting beers and pizza, while listening to our friend perform.

The menu items are reasonably priced, but to be honest, I wish they served better food. The drinks are a given - beer, juice, shakes, etc. - but the food could be better. Having great company can make up for this, but again, if it were just me and a friend, the place wouldn’t exactly be my first choice. It’s cute, but sometimes, cute is not enough.

Would I be willing to go back and give Komentarista Café a second try? Sure, granted that I’m with a pack of people and not quite concerned with filling my stomach. I have to be honest though - it would take a good set of friends to make me.