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Ghostly Encounters

Heyy, I feel the need to write but I don’t actually know where to start as I’m utterly confused at the moment. This will be so random and it might sound like I’m ranting but this is how my thoughts flow. So there.

Yes, I like the effects. I’m losing a lot of weight but this feeling has a special powers in reminding me why I don’t like feeling this way again.

I recently took huge steps towards something and I was brave and happy. With that car, I could regularly go to hear the mass now and I’ve been praying constantly for only 2 things. One of them is being given in installment but the other one was something opposite of what I was asking for (tho I’m not really sure if it is).

But then I realize it all comes down to how I ended the very last relationship I had. Now I’m good, happy and a whole lot better and I have completely moved on.

I just dont know why I’m being reminded of that feeling again; that feeling when you trashed me.. It still feels exactly the same and it definitely have the same effects on me.

 

“You left me paralyzed, no cure, no rehab for me.

Funny how you got the nerve to keep asking me; how I’ve been?

You’re the victor in this pageantry but the only trophy you deserve, catastrophe.

I’d rather we be dead to each other.

No eulogies said for each other.

No “Rest In Peace’s”

 

You created  ghosts and monsters to haunt me each and every time I want to jump into something risky? I’m pretty sure you did coz I’m being preoccupied by these things I tried so hard to get rid of.

 

“I’m praying that your eyes are the first to go,

the way they looked when you smiled,

the way they opened and closed.

And your nose, every single breath against my neck.

And then your lips, every promise made and said.

Please fade.

Fade to black.”

 

You know how confident I am in making decisions but now, I’m starting to doubt my own judgement. I don’t trust myself anymore. I don’t know if I’m just being traumatized by what happened or I’m just being wise.

 

“I’ve been told, one day you’ll know too much heaven’s a sin.

After the show it’s only hell that it brings.

So take it slow and let time heal everything.

They say that time flies, but you keep breaking it’s wings

You never fade…fade to black…

And the nightmares come back.”

 

Risks! I don’t know how to take them anymore maybe it’s because of you. God surely knows how to question me and he asks things I find hard to answer. And now I know, and I’ve proven it; that your imagination can kill you. As it is killing me now like a poison; slowly and painfully.

 

“You wish me well…I wish you hell…”

(Tablo – Eyes, Nose, Lips 2014)

 

Regardless, I’m still a bit thankful. I feel. I’m ambivalent no more.


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Highway to South Korea

In my previous entry, I’ve told you about wanting to go to SoKor and I thought that the first thing I need to know is how do I get there. No, getting there is easy. You can always book a flight, get a tourist visa and voila! You’re ready for a SoKor experience.

But as for me, I have bigger intentions. I want to go and stay there. That’s the hard part, how do you keep on staying there?

According to some bloggers, there are 2 options; it’s either you study or you teach. Teaching is quite easy if you’re a Native English speaker and have that golden passport. Apply for an English Teaching Job and you’re all set. But since I’m not/don’t have any of those, I’d have to go through the rougher way, so I dug in a little more (actually a whole lot more).

Studying the Korean Language is my master key for opening the gates and staying there longer than the Tourist Visa permits.

The Korean government gives foreigners a Visa specifically for studying the language. They will initially give you 3-6 months to learn and then you can just extend if it’s still not enough.

Here are some guidelines in getting a D4 Visa.

Visa for General Training (D-4)

Eligibility

For persons who study Korean at a university-run language school, persons who study in a qualified educational institute or an educational institute other than an academic research institute, persons who get technical training at national or public research institutes, training institutes, bodies etc. persons receiving payment from research institutes or who have industrial training system qualifications.

How to apply for visa & application requirements
How to apply Applicant submits visa application documents to an embassy or consulate of the Republic of Korea
Documents tobe submitted Valid Passport
Visa application form or Certificate for Recognition of Visa Issuance
Fee: Amount corresponding to USD 50 (single-entry permit) or USD 80 (multiple-entry permit))
Verification of School Entrance or Enrollment (Verification of Training)
Financial Verification (more than USD 5,000 in domestic bank account or certificate of currency exchange) or documentation under a university academic exchange agreement
Identification Verification (for those who cannot verify their financial ability for tuition and living expenses or upon the request of Justice Ministry)
※ Provided that, where you have a recognition of visa issuance or visa issuance recognition number, you only need to submit a valid passport, visa application form, and the visa issuance recognition (or number)

 

If you are on the industrious side and you would want to continue your education into a higher level, you can get a regular Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral Course from a University, you can actually get a better Visa.

Visa for Regular Educational Program (D-2)

Eligibility

Persons who intend to receive education in a standard course (Bachelors, Masters, Ph. D) or research specialist fields in junior colleges, universities, graduate schools established according to the Korean Education Law, or academic research institutions established under the provisions of a special law of a status as least as high as a junior college.

How to apply for visa & application requirements
How to apply Applicant submits visa application documents to an embassy or consulate of the Republic of Korea
Documents tobe submitted Valid Passport
Visa application form or Certificate for Recognition of Visa Issuance
Processing Fee: Amount corresponding to USD50 (Single-entry) or USD 80 (Multiple-entry)
Admission from the school with its Recognition of the student’s aptitude for study and financial ability
Most recent certificate of school record
Financial Verification (more than USD12,000 or USD13,000(capital city) in domestic bank account or certificate of currency exchange) or documentation under a university academic exchange agreement
Family Registry (Applies to Chinese only; Must include whole family)
※ In case of getting a recognition of visa issuance or visa issuance recognition number, you only need to submit a valid passport, visa application form, and the visa issuance recognition (or number)

*from http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/sub/overseas_info/guide/guide_visa.do*

My dilemma here is how do I keep getting finances without a job. Of course you won’t earn anything without a job. the Korean Government has foreseen this and they give students some working permit to do part time jobs only after staying 4 months. (I’ll give you my insights on job hunting in another blog entry.)

Teaching (English Language, Specific Subjects and\or Professorship in Universities) is the spare key, ladies and gentlemen!

Well of course you won’t study forever and sooner or later you would want to get a better job and most importantly a high paying one. So, you can opt to teach.

You might be thinking, why teach when I have majored in some other field? Why not apply for a job related to that? Well, chances are extremely low my dear. Koreans are hardworking and they know their game, and that’s a competition. Korean companies would most definitely hire Koreans mainly because of the language and I’m gauging that they are more comfortable working with people with the same culture. Unless you do a job that they surely can’t, then chances of getting hired are better.

As I can see, Korea is going forward towards globalization and they are still learning the roundabouts and one of the steps is learning the English Language. And you, who knows English better can provide this to them.

The problem I can see here is that they only give these teaching Visas to Native English Speakers and the highly qualified professors (e.g. persons with Master’s and Doctoral degrees).

But since I’m a very stubborn woman, I won’t stop here. Of course I will dig some more. Some institutions or academies hire Non-Native speakers provided that you have nicer qualifications like TESOL and CELTA Certifications, Majors in Education and some good experience in teaching. (I’ll write another entry for these Certifications.)

Click on this link for some pointers in snagging that E2 Visa. http://www.korea4expats.com/article-E2-English-teaching-visa-Korea.html

I’m still working really hard to get some teaching certifications and diplomas so I’d be ready for some job hunting. What I’m aiming for now is to be able to come up with enough money so I could stay in Korea for 4 months without a job as I study with a D4 visa. If the odds are in my favor I could get a proper job in 6 months.

If you’ve gone through all that trouble, please, I’m begging you, let me know your insights on this so maybe you can help me and many others who dream the same.


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Do You Need to Justify Your Dreams?

I have this long term plan of going to Korea to pursue the career I’ve been dreaming of. My goals are not that big. I would just like to own a small Nursery and become a Professor in a nice University. But what could spice up that simple dream is to bring it and do it in South Korea.

Many people would wonder why; of all places, why Korea? Well, basically it’s because I’ve been seeing these wonderful films and dramas for so many years now and my curiosity hasn’t died out since then. The culture, traditions, language, places, and food entices me and I kept wondering how living alone in this country would be like.

I’ve read some articles and rants about how living and working there is totally different from the things I’ve seen on my laptop screens but I don’t know why it doesn’t affect me at all. I guess I’d have to see for myself to actually know. What I know is that I’d have to try or live in regret for not trying at all. I see life as a huge experiment; an absolute trial and error and I believe there’s always a point where you can return.

My reasons might be really shallow for some but dreams are dreams. I don’t think you can reason out as to why you want a certain thing. Sometimes you just do.

With these, researching about things related to pursuing my career there has become a natural hobby of mine now and I’d like to share what I found and maybe we can all go together.

 


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My Skin Care Picks

After putting all that makeup on your face, looking oh-so fabulous, the next thing you need to do is pamper your skin. Applying makeup actually means that you have things on your face that you are not confident about. A healthy skin makes you put lesser and lesser efforts in putting makeups, so doing your best to keep your skin fresh and blooming is still the best way to more beautiful.

 

Here are some of my picks and routine.

 

1. Facial Wash – It must be the most basic one since this is the foundation of your daily regimen. Picking which facial wash depends on your skin type (e.g. oily, dry, combined and some have acne problems).

 

As for me I have a combined skin type where the T-zone is very oily while my cheek area is really dry, so it’s kinda confusing which facial wash to choose and again, I tried many.

 

What worked for me best is NEUTROGENA DEEP CLEAN FACIAL WASH. I just think it is the most neutral and hypoallergenic face cleanser I’ve used.

Here are also some suggestions for other skin types:

a.) Oily Skin – Body Shop’s Seaweed Cleansing Face Wash

b.) Dry Skin – Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash or Nivea Gentle Cleansing Cream


 

 

c.) Acne Problems – Clean and Clear Continuous Acne Control or Cetaphil Facial Cleanser

 

These products worked for me well but for some it may not but there are just some basic things or rules to consider in choosing your wash. Remember that oily skin needs the foaming washes while the dry ones needs the non-foaming ones.

2. Exfoliant – Another important step in skin care is exfoliating; the removal of dead skin. I’ve used Clinique’s 7 Day Scrub and Garnier’s Gentle Exfoliating Scrub but  St. Ives Apricot Scrub worked for me the best.

    

Take note that exfoliating when done too much can be really damaging to the skin, so make sure you limit your scrubbing to 3-4 days a week.

 

3. Toner – As cleaning the skin thoroughly becomes very very vital in your regimen, toning your skin is too. Toners keeps your skin and pores tight.

 

Pond’s White Beauty Pore Conditioning Toner does the job perfectly for me but I can’t find one here yet so I used Etude House Skin Malgeum and it did work wonderfully.

   

4. Eye Cream – I’ve always had a hard time getting rid of my dark circles and fine lines under my eyes but Body Shop’s Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream did great wonders! Loved it to bits!

5. Day Moisturizer – You have to keep in mind that your Day moisturizer should have a higher SPF. Going under the sun or not, sunscreens play a vital role in keeping our skin young and healthy! Remember that UV rays equates to older skin, so stay away from the sun for as long as you can.

 

Since most of us are working indoors, we need a sunscreen/moisturizer that are light and non-greasy that allows the skin to breathe. Clinique’s Super Defense SPF25 Cream and Neutorgena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock are my best picks!

                  

6. Night Moisturizers – During the day, we protect our skin from the harsh UV Rays and pollution but we have to make sure we let our skin rest and get it’s proper nourishment at night. To do that we have to invest more time and money in picking your night creams. Don’t get impatient in finding the one that is the best for you.
I’m still not through with searching  but i’ll pick Etude House’s Collagen Moistful Cream as it moisturizes my skin really really well! Another would be Aveeno’s Intensive Night Cream.

       

 

 

Here you go! I hope I helped out a bit! If you have queries, please feel free to message me! Or if you have other good inputs, please do share them! Love to hear from you!

Good day, Beauties! Remember, there are no ugly women, there are only lazy ones! So start experimenting and look for your most effective beauty regimen! Go Go!

 


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My Makeup Picks

Make-ups! Who really doesn’t wear one? I don’t think there is someone out there who has a stable job but doesn’t wear ANY makeup at all; even the ones without work does! But despite of it being so basic and essential, there is a vast selection and varieties that makes it hard for every woman out there to choose.What is really good for you is something only you can decide on.

I was lucky that there is a Sephora Shop near my place and I could just drop by anytime to pick anything! It’s like a department store for make-ups and skin care essentials. So heavenly!

So, I did a little bit of research and here are my top picks. I’m hoping it could help you in some way. Don’t hesitate to message me if you have questions or whatevers!

 

1. Primer – Well, totalbeauty.com once stated that “Not to Prime is a Crime!” and I certainly believe them. It is important because it smooths out the surface of your skin filling in the very fine lines that avoids streaks, visibility of pores and flaking.

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I bought Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer and it was so awesome. I needed to attend a wedding and I usually use foundations on these special occasions and this product really made my makeup long lasting and fresh-looking.

 


2. BB Cream – I thank God for letting the one who invented this product be born into this world! This wonder cream is making my whole life so easy! It’s a primer, moisturizer, foundation, sunscreen and gives your face a healthy glow.

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I’m a huge fan of Korean BB Creams and I currently use Etude House’s Collagen Moistfull BB Cream as my everyday base. I also use the same skin care line and I’m definitely happy about the results. My skin is always well moist and fresh. NOTE: When I use BB Cream, I tend to skip applying the Primer as it only works well for me when I use it with powder foundations.

 


 

3. Concealers – Totally common but which one is the best?  As for me, it’s Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage. Celebrity makeup artists call it the godfather of concealers and I really believe so. It’s thick and opaque making it easy for you to blend and cover.

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4. Loose/Pressed Powder – For me, this one is for re-touching in midday just when your face gets a little bit oily. With this purpose, I use Clinique Blended Face Powder and I apply it using a brush.


 

5. Fixing Spray – According to professional makeup artists, this one is necessary to set the makeup and prolongs the hold. I’ve never really found one here yet. But they say, Kryolan, MAC, Make Up Forever have these.


 

6. Translucent Powder – I’ve only got to use one for a party that I wanted to make my skin look like it has tiny glitters on it, something sheer. It’s something like a Pressed Powder but it’s translucent and it doesn’t affect the color of your skin tone.

I’ve tried ELF Matifying and it was okay, but as I went around Sephora, I found Guerlain’s Meteorites Pearl and it has a very cute packaging! I wanted to get one but it is just too pricey. It is still on my bucket list!


7. Blushes – I’m really not into blushes that much, I only wear them depending on the venue and the event for the day. I use NARS’ Cream Blush and it’s just perfect.


8. Mascara – I have a very short and few lashes that’s why I mostly depend on mascaras that I don’t go out without it. I’ve tried various brands and nothing comes close to Cover Girl’s Lash Blast but since it’s not readily available here in Doha, I tried looking for more and I found NARS’ Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara. It did the job for me.


9. Neutral Eye Shadows – In reality, I can’t find the time to really wear one everyday. But these are still handy for those days that you just have the extra time. I’ve always kept Cover Girl’s Eye Enhancers in my make up kit.


10. Eyeliner – Together with my mascara, this is also a must-have. I’ve always looked for the perfect eyeliners as much as I searched for the perfect mascaras and I’ve found it in the grocery store. Maybelline’s Colossal is the best I’ve seen yet.


11. Eyebrows – Some may have disregarded shaping their brows but this is important too as it gives our face that outline that perfects the look. For this, I’ve used ELF’s Eyebrow kit and Etude House’s Drawing Eye Pencil and they are just perfect for the job!


12. Lipsticks – Last but definitely not the least, lipsticks! I got my plump lips from my dad and it’s just wonderful to put all shades and color all the time. You can usually find a MAC or Clinique lipstick in one of my bags and some gloss from NARS and Victoria’s Secret!

No Deje De Correr

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Hear hear hear! Here’s the playlist I’ve put on repeat as I do my newest addiction; Running! Most of the tracks are in Spanish, thus, the track list title.

  • Mal de Amores – Juan Magan
  • International Love – Pitbull ft. Chris Brown
  • Phoenix – Fall Out Boy
  • Loco – Enrique Iglesias ft. Romeo Santos
  • El Perdedor – Enrique Iglesias ft. Marco Antonio Solis
  • Timber – Kesha ft. Pitbull
  • Boom Boom Mama – Da Family
  • DJ Dale Play – Mara
  • Danza Kuduro – Don Omar ft. Lucenzo
  • Rabiosa – Shakira
  • Bouje – J. Perry ft Admiral T