Coron, you were amazing 😍 off to next destination – El Nido 🌊

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Philippines….. Stunning white beaches, crystal blue water, friendly locals, Mesmerizing sunrises &

sunsets , it’s a traveler’s paradise. Plus a bonus if you love spending your days in bare minimum clothes!

We have spent 2 weeks in this heaven, loved every bit of it and honestly, I would love to go back and

explore more. Here is our itinerary, experience, thing’s to do, what to pack, and some tips for traveling.

Because #ItsMoreFunInPhilippines 💛

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Philippines in general

Philippines is a group of more than 7000 islands located between the South-East Asia. That means, if you

were going to spend a day on each island, it would take you 20 years! English is spoken widely and

people are very friendly. Manila is the capital and Pesos is their currency. Indians need to get the visa

done on prior. There are a few International airports and Manila &  Cebu will be the best choice from

India because they are well connected.

When to travel

Philippines has only two seasons, wet & dry.  Late November till May is the dry season and rest of the year it’s wet. Since it’s a place with amazing beaches, choosing to go in the dry season would be wise. We went there on 24th February till 10th march and it was the perfect weather..!!

I could get used to this ✈️

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Our 2 week itinerary

When there are thousands of islands, it is a tough call to decide which ones to choose. Since we had only 2 weeks & wanted to explore the untouched islands & empty beaches, we chose Palawan over the most-popular tourist destination Boracay. The capital Manila and Cebu has the most well connected flights from across the world. We chose Manila because, it was closer to Palawan.   Here is what our 2 week itinerary looked like :

Bon voyage ⚓️

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Day 1 : Flew to Manila from Bangalore with a layover at Kuala Lumpur

Day 2: Reached Manila and spent the night there

Day 3: Two hour morning Flight to Busuanga and then 45 minutes bus journey to Coron. Checked in to our hotel, Vela Terraces.

Day 4: Island hopping began. Took the Coron Island Tour.

Day 5: Island Escapade tour

Day 6: Explored the Island on our rented scooter

Day 7: Left Coron in a ferry(4:30 hours duration) to El-Nido. Reached El-Nido in the evening.

Day 8: Island hopping tour A

Day 9: Trek to the falls, Nagpan beach & Duli beach

Day 10: Marimegmeg beach & Las cabanas beach

Day 11: Marimegmeg beach & Las cabanas beach

Day 12: 6 hours van journey from El-nido to Puerto Princesa. Reached in the evening to our Microtel Hotel.

Day 13: Relaxed at the Hotel & beach

Day 13: We were supposed to go to the Underground river tour but, we cancelled and spent the day at the Hotel & beach, again..!

Day 14: Left Philippines in the morning and reached Bangalore at mid-night.

What to Pack

Loads of bikinis, shorts & sunscreen…! You will survive the whole trip with just these two. But its better to carry some add ons like t-shirts, sunglasses, hats & caps,  maxi dresses for chilled out beach days, flowy dresses, shirt dresses, comfortable travel outfits with a jacket for flights, aloe vera gel for after sun.

Thing’s to do

From an extreme adventurer to a beach bummer, Philippines will make everyone happy. The one thing you need to keep in mind is that, you must love water if you want to enjoy Philippines to the fullest..! You can do snorkeling, kayaking, scuba dive, free-dive, surfing, kite-surfing, Island hopping, beach bumming, swimming in the lagoons.. the list can go on…. Take your pick and you will love each & every gorgeous thing Philippines has to offer. Apart from diving & surfing, we tried everything and loved every bit of it.

Of Lagoons and tanned back

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Wait, it doesn’t end here.  If you came here looking for some exotic pictures, keep an eye for the next set of posts..! I am sure it’ll be worth it.

Love,

Kruti

 

Hello Everyone, Summer is finally here.!! Sun is shining brighter day after day, air is getting hotter, the hemlines are getting shorter, sleeves are disappearing and well, the heat waves are killing it, literally. To survive, I drink a tender coconut a day, eat lots of fruits & never skip the sunscreen. For me, sunscreen is the most important part of my morning routine because it is the first step towards tan prevention & anti-aging. So, when I was on my last tube of sunscreen, I decided to try another one from VLCC. VLCC offers Sun defense range which protects skin against sun damage with Broad spectrum against UVA & UVB rays. I got the VLCC Skin Nourishing Sun Screen Lotion SPF 40 PA+++ .  I have been using this sunscreen for the past few days. Read on to know if this was a hit or a miss.

What the product says

Comfrey extract along with Trehalose helps to nourish, heal & soothe skin. Along with glycerin, which acts as humactant, these ingredients have the ability to retain moisture in your skin. VLCC Skin Nourishing Sun Screen Lotion SPF 40 PA+++ is a blend of this comfrey plant extract and other natural ingredients that protects the skin from harmful UVA & UVB sun rays, thus helps in preventing tanning & ageing. On top of this, its Sweat Free, Nourishing formula further lends a satin-smooth feel to the skin. So go ahead, enjoy the sun !

Directions

Apply liberally on the face & neck, 15-20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply frequently for long duration sun exposure.

Price & Packaging

It comes in a yellow tube with a flap open cap which is travel friendly. Retails at INR 350/- for 100gm.

About my skin

Normal-dry in winters and oily-combination in Summers.

My Experience with VLCC Skin Nourishing Sun Screen Lotion SPF 40 PA+++

I have been using this sunscreen for a few days in the morning before going to office.  A few minutes after cleansing & moisturizing, I take a pea size of sunscreen and apply all over my face, neck & arms. The texture of the sunscreen is creamy. The white colored cream is thick in consistency and takes a few strokes to blend in. Once applied, I was happy that there was no white cast and the cream just gets absorbed. But, it did feel a little heavy for my face because of my combination skin but did not make my skin oily. On the other hand, it worked beautifully on my arms & legs because my body skin type is dry. So, I feel it’s going to work best for dry-normal skinned beauties. The next day I used it without a moisturizer and it worked perfectly! Not only it did nourish my skin but it did not feel heavy at all.

Ever since I have been using this sunscreen, I have not faced any tanning nor it has broken me out. I cannot vouch for the sweat free formula as I generally do not sweat much. But yes, I do feel the formula is much better than many other sunscreens you get in the market and I am very pleased with the results..!! How I wish I had taken this with me to the Philippines, I would have tanned much lesser..!!

Pros of VLCC Skin Nourishing Sun Screen Lotion SPF 40 PA+++
  • Good ingredient list
  • Travel friendly packaging
  • Affordable
  • Applies easily
  • Does not give a white cast
  • Protects and prevents skin from tanning & aging
  • SPF 40 PA+++ means it protects from UVA & UVB sun rays
  • Nourishing
  • Suitable for normal-dry skin
  • Did not break me out
Cons of VLCC Skin Nourishing Sun Screen Lotion SPF 40 PA+++
  • Feels slightly heavy
  • Not suitable for combination-oily skin

Verdict:

A good sunscreen cream which works perfectly for normal-dry skin. It protects, nourishes and prevents skin from tanning & aging which is what a sunscreen is supposed to do. 

TRLR Rating:/5

If you guys know me then you know how much I love working out and traveling. Ever since I was a kid I have been physically active. From playing hockey in school to swimming, running, dancing and now lifting weights, I love anything which makes me sweat. I always make sure to wear comfortable workout gear and shoes.

Same goes for the travel. When I have to catch flights at odd hours, wait at the airport for long overlays, walk from one end of the airport to another to find some vegetarian food, everything is possible when I have my comfortable track pants on.

Even on ‘those’ days I can still do all of that because  New Whisper Ultra Soft  provides superior ‘comfort’.

About New Whisper Ultra Soft:
  • 2X softer that feels extra gentle to skin
  • has special soft pores that drive liquid to the core where it is locked
  • has longer length with wider back for long lasting performance

The New Whisper Ultra Soft (pack of 7 pads) is priced at Rs. 64 and is available in all leading stores. I have used them and here is what I think about it.

My experience with New Whisper Ultra Soft:
  • Easy to carry around in my handbag
  • They DO feel softer because of top cottony sheet
  • They are longer and wider which provided more coverage hence, no leakage
  • Very thin and kept me dry for longer duration
  • I love the pretty pink color

TRLR Rating:/5

So girls, don’t let the periods hold you back. Go and chase yous dreams. Be comfortable and truly unstoppable.

     

Love,

Kruti

After spending a whole week in the office, the weekend is finally here. I want to go out but my tired body wants to stay put. I decide to spend the day snuggling under a blanket, but my utterly cute Labrador comes wagging his tail to wake me up. Clearly, he knows it’s my day off and I am home with him, the whole day…!! He sniffs and touches his cold nose on my cheek as I try to chase him out. But, he has one mantra in life, never give up. I have no choice but to finally get out of the bed.

The day has finally begun and I am getting ready. I go through my wardrobe in search for a comfortable outfit and find this graphic tee from The Souled Store and decide to wear it. I am a die hard coffee lover so every time I wear this, I get excited like a little kid. The tee perfectly goes with my distressed denim shorts and flip flops. I carry The Souled Store tote with me that even my Boomer is obsessed with. I think he found his connection with Shaggy !
We spend the evening chilling and lazing around on the terrace and Boomer was being really obedient. For an over enthusiastic and hyper Labrador this is a rare thing so I decide to take advantage of his mood and get a couple of pictures clicked with him. Whether he knew he had to pose for the camera or was he actually listening to me or waiting for a treat, the answer to this, we will probably never know..! 
The Souled Store has some really cool stuff. Whether you are a friends fan or the big bang or star wars, they have them all. All the quirky prints are available on Tees, mugs, mobile covers, totes and a lot more. I am wearing the Caffeine tee from HERE and the tote from HERE. For the entire collection, you can check out their website HERE .

   

Love,
Kruti

Hello,

This post is in continuation of THIS. I had received this Coolpad Cool1 phone for review and what better way to show the camera quality than showing you a day in my life through Cool1 ? Now before I go ahead, if I have to compare this phone to Honor 6x, then here is what I feel. If I ignore the memory, which is more in Honor 6x, the camera indeed is better in Coolpad Cool1, the processor is more advanced and even battery life is better.

Disclaimer: All the pictures in this post are clicked with Coolpad Cool1 and absolutely no editing done, whatsoever. This is as real as it can get.

It was a beautiful Sunday morning. I woke up early for a shoot. The trench coat was hanging in my cupboard,  I was making myself a cup of coffee while listening to songs on my Coolpad Cool1. Once in a while I do like some music. I did my makeup, put on the fishnet stockings and headed out for a shoot. Once we finished the shoot, I changed  into my comfy boot cut jeans and headed for food. We then, decided to click the second outfit pictures using Coolpad Cool1. I was not very sure but, when we tried it, we realized, the camera was indeed amazing..!!

Coolpad Cool1 looks very sleek and is lightweight. It comes in two colors, silver & gold, I have a silver one. The phone also has a reversible battery which means you can use your phone as a power-bank, when you need it. The best part of the phone is, its battery life. It gives a stand-by time of 450 hours, 120 hours of music or 40 hours of movie playback.

The selfies were taken using the front 8MP camera, in beauty mode.

Clicked in Beauty mode

We went to a place called Yogisthaan and had yummy Aloo paratha, Poha and Masala tea.

Clicked in Pro mode

Meanwhile, clicked a few pictures as well.

Clocked in normal Photo mode

Clicked in Dual camera setup

Look, how green and pretty the place is…!!

Clocked in normal Photo mode

Post food,  we strolled around the neighborhood and visited a park.

Clicked in Pro mode

I love the quality of this phone.

Then on the way home, we spotted beautiful trees with pink flowers so we stopped for a picture. Boy ! Can’t believe it’s spring already……

Look how pretty the road looks…!    From where I stand…..

It was already afternoon, and after a nap I took my boy for a walk.

He loved the camera as well…

Clicked in Pro mode

Clocked in normal Photo mode

A few tricks, for the treat !

The only way to get his attention is FOOD !

Later I went for weekly grocery shopping. And this is how it looks like, well, mostly.

Look how vivid the colors look..!!

After dinner I hit the bed and just like that, before I could realize, my Sunday was over……

I am not much of a party animal and this is how I spend most of my Sundays. I wake up early, eat yummy and nutritious food, spend time with Rohitt & Boomer and go to bed early. You know what they say, it’s not a trend, it’s a lifestyle.

Hope you enjoyed the post. For more information on Coolpad Cool1, you can check out their website HERE. And If you are looking to buy it then, visit the nearest store or just click HERE.

Love,

Kruti