NMAT Ice Cream Operations 2015 + Connecting the Dots in Life

Four years ago, I would have imagined myself to be taking the NMAT today, along with thousands of other aspirants who dream of becoming doctors to serve others.
But God has a funny way of twisting life around, and lo and behold, there was a plot twist: Just when I thought I had life figured out, I realized that being a doctor wasn’t my calling, after all, so I shifted out of my pre-medicine course to pursue communications.
Sometimes, I ask myself if I made the right decision; if the risks were worth it.
 I look around and pause to reflect on life, and then deep inside, I am assured I did, because I am passionately in love with what I do.
 Steve Job once said that, “…you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something– your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Living life to the fullest is pursuing your passions, even if it means having to take a risk and go over hurdles.
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Today, three of the people closest to my heart will be one step closer to fulfilling their dreams.
They’re taking the National Medical Admission Test as I type this, and I couldn’t be any prouder of them. There is no doubt that one day, they’re going to be amazing doctors with even more amazing hearts. 
Go, Nat, Mara, and Angeline! We love and believe in you! Aim for 99+! 🙂

Surprised my girls with ice cream last night, just because they’ve been studying their butts
out the past few weeks, and ice cream is always a good idea.

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Why I am done with being a meantime girl.

“She’s the one you call when you’re bored because she makes you laugh. She’s the one you talk to when you’re feeling down because she’s willing to lend an ear and be a friend. But she’s not the one you call when you need a date to your company’s Christmas party, or to go dancing with on a Saturday night. She’s the one you spend time with between girlfriends, before you find ‘The One’. You know, the one you keep in the meantime.” –Anonymous

Photo by Pauline Disuanco of 31 Girl
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The dating game is complicated.

You spend time with a person and you tell yourself you won’t get attached because you’re just ‘hanging out’.

You talk at night, go out for dinner, go to the movies, share inside jokes, and you tell yourself that everything’s fine and everything’s casual, but then as time passes by, you find yourself tearing your walls down and letting him in, and then in a blink of an eye you realize that, crap, you do like him, but you’re not supposed to, and he’s not supposed to know, because, again, you’re just “hanging out”.

And then you pretend like nothing’s up, that you’re fine and cool and chill,
and you both continue playing the game,
because they say love is one, after all.
But you’re not supposed to assume, or jump into conclusions, or take things as you see it. Because everything is all just for fun and no, he doesn’t like you that way. So stop.

 “This is just how it’s supposed to go”, I thought.
 “I’m okay with this.”

Until slowly, eventually, I was left feeling empty and searching for things that weren’t even there. I was willingly exposing the deepest parts of myself for nothing. I was getting involved and attached, for nothing.

 And I don’t even know why I had to put myself in this situation. I didn’t have to, and I don’t even have to.

I’m not okay with this, after all.

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I don’t want to be the girl you text at 2AM when you’re bored or drunk;
I want to be your 7AM good morning, your 1PM-tell-me-what-you’ve-had-for-lunch, your 6PM-you-wouldn’t-believe-what-happened-today.

I want to talk to you about your dreams, your passions, the things that inspire you or make you happy or tick you off or keep you awake at night. I want to know you, the real you behind that calm and composed and mysterious facade of yours.

I don’t want to be the girl you run to /just/ when you’re sad or lonely or confused;
I want to be the girl you’d like to spend boring days with, doing nothing but eat Chinese takeout or sweet and spicy instant noodles over movies or video games or board games, even.

I don’t want anymore of those empty kisses that leave me feeling loved and wanted, but only for a night;
I long for assuring warm, tight hugs that glue together all of my broken pieces and promise better days ahead.

But we’re just not on the same page.

Because at the end of it all, you don’t see me as anything else but someone to keep you company while you’re in this phase of fooling around and doing crazy things so you can discover yourself and explore the world and know what you really want, until you realize you’re finally ready to get serious and look for the ‘right girl’.

But I won’t ever be her, because it’s obvious that I’m just your meantime girl.

It’s time I realize my worth, and for mercy’s sake, I am far worth more than this.

We are far worth more than this.

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Darling, it doesn’t have to be this way.
If the dating game isn’t for you, then it’s okay. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, anyway.

Don’t stick around with people who make you feel sorry for things you shouldn’t be.
You need someone who won’t make you feel guilty for texting first;  someone constant; someone who shows his/her appreciation for you not with grand gestures, but with the everyday, boring, little things. Trust me, they’re the most sincere ones.

Know your worth, and never compromise with your non-negotiables.

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A 15-Second Makeup Tutorial Using Maybelline’s NYFW Products! #MakeItHappen

Hey, guys!!
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to wing the #MaybellineNYFW Eye-conic Look. 
Prodcuts used: Maybelline Color Tattoo, Maybeline Gel Liner, Maybelline Matte lipstick in A11
Get the look:
Strong, dramatic eyes will never go out of fashion!
Brown eyeshadow and a dark eyeliner will always be my go-to make-up products!!
Products used:
For a full review on these products, read THIS blog post.
Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel (375 pesos)
Embrace your big, beautiful Filipina eyes by playing with the new Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel. Here’s a little discovery I learned this week from my make-up enthusiast friends: Maybelline’s color tattoo (now with matte versions) are the perfect dupe for Mac’s paint pots, which cost around 1, 091 pesos. What. A. Steal. AWESOME.
Maybelline Lasting Drama 36 Hr Gel Liner in 02 Brown  (399 pesos)
This easy-to-use gel liner helps you create the perfect cat-eye!
Maybelline White Superfresh in 03 Natural (299 pesos)

Bonus! 
Maybelline Nudes Palette (675 pesos) 
Included in their NYFW collection is the Maybelline Nudes palette.
I haven’t given this one a try yet, but I’ve heard a lot of good reviews about it from my friends! Will definitely blog about this as soon as I get my hands on these babies. 

In love with the ‪#‎MaybellineNYFW‬ collection? Here’s good news for you guys! There will be a Maybelline New York Fashion week sale from November 13 to December 15, 2015. My girl friends and I are definitely going!!
GIVEAWAY ALERT!
I am sooo excited for all of you to try out these amazing NYFW-featured products, that’s why I am giving away a special gift pack worth 1,000 pesos. All you have to do is repost this photo on Instagram with the hashtags #MaybellineNYFWxHershey and #MaybellineNYFW.

xoxo,
Hershey

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Four Seasons Buffet and Hotpot by Vikings | The Newest Foodie Hotspot at Manhattan Parkview, Araneta Center, Quezon City


Hey, North kids!

Good news is in store for Quezon Citythe newest foodie hotspot in town has opened its second branch at Manhattan Parkview, Araneta Center. The creators of Vikings Luxury Buffet and NIU by Vikings bring you Four Seasons Buffet and Hotpot, a restaurant that provides a customizable, fresh, and healthy dining experience for celebrating special occasions, or for when you simply want to enjoy a top-notch meal.


I was invited to their media launch two weeks ago, and the funny thing was that, my sched didn’t permit me to make it at first, but I really, really wanted to go still, so I confirmed my attendance at the very last minute (waaah!!). Soooo glad was able to make it before 10PM!! Super thank you to a very awesome friend for driving me all the way to Cubao that night!! HAHAHA.

Just like Vikings’ and NIU’s,  Four Seasons’ interiors were on point. This branch had a very classy French garden motif.

Allow me to tour you around real quick, yes? 🙂
 (Note that I came in really late though so I wasn’t able to take photos of every corner 🙁 huhu)

Four Seasons Buffet and Hotpot has meat, seafood, vegetables, appetizers, desserts, Japanese, and bar options. You can also choose from their wide selection of broths, noodles, meat, toppings, and sauces to create the dish of your dreams! 
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They had a greens and raw food corner
and they had cooked food, too.
The Star of the Night was their Binusog na Lechon, which won an award in a recent international competition. Crispy on the outside and very tender in the inside– I crave for a plate as I type this!!
The create-your-own-pasta was a winner, too!

Drinks station (they serve imported beer!)
And my favorite corner– you guessed it– the desserts bar!!
Puto bumbong, bibingka, and taho station
Crepe station

Pastries Station

Dining area

They also have spacious VIP rooms for special occasions.
Photo from Edrianne Tiu
A mirror shot, cause even their bathrooms were Instagrammable. Haha!
Thank you for inviting us to this event, Yannie and Charles! 🙂 It was nice meeting new friends, too.

Do I recommend this Four Seasons?
ABSOLUTELY!

Vikings restaurants NEVER FAIL. They always promise and deliver great food and ambiance in every visit. 

How much is the buffet fee?


P688 for weekday lunches and P888 for weekday dinners, weekends, and holidays.

Where is Four Seasons QC branch located ?


G/F, Manhattan Parkview, General Roxas Avenue, Araneta Center, Quezon City. 


They are open every day for lunch from 11AM to 2:30PM, and for dinner from 5:30PM to 10PM. 


Visit http://www.fourseasonshotpot.com.ph/ for more details.


** Join them this month as they celebrate their grand opening with a month-filled promo! They offer 25% off for their Instagram followers from October 14 – October 20; 20% off for Quezon City Residents, Students, and Employees from October 21 – 27; and 15% for their Vikings Loyalty Cardholders from October 28 – 30.


I can’t wait for my next visit to Four Seasons! I’m definitely bringing my folks here, and you should, too!!


xoxo,

Hershey


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#MakeItHappen: A Comprehensive Review of the Maybelline NYFW S/S ’16 Products

Hey, guys!!
I’m so sorry I’ve been MIA lately. Acads, thesis, extra currics, and a part-time job have all been keeping me reaaallly busy the past few weeks (haven’t even had enough sleep for so long!!).  I’m still trying to get the hang of juggling all of these at once, but dang everything is just  c r a z y.
Just the other day though, Maybelline sent a special package to remind us women that, with the right heart and mindset, we can #MakeItHappen. (That was really sweet of you guys, thank you for the encouragement!!)
Inside the package was Maybelline’s official New York Fashion Week S/S ’16 Collection. Maybelline has long been the partner of New York Fashion Week in creating makeup looks that set the trend from the runways to the streets. 
Here’s a quick review of the products. Hope it helps! 🙂
Maybelline White Superfresh in 03 Natural (299 pesos)

Maybelline White Superfresh is the best foundation powder for young and oily skin! It promises shine-free skin for up to 12 hours. With breakthrough Clean Touch Technology, it leaves the face bright, and radiant for up to 12 hours– perfect to keep you looking fresh in school, work, and even during commute hours!
Before and after putting on Maybelline White Superfresh. 
 I was wearing sunblock and moisturizer in my before shot **  🙂
Maybelline 24 HR Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige (375 pesos)
The Maybelline 24-hour color tattoo is a long lasting cream eye shadow (you won’t even need to use a primer for it!! awesome). The best part? The cream formula glides on without even creasing. 
I am in love with this product! It’s really easy to use– you can use a flat shader brush or even your fingers! Being a morena, I really have a bias towards browns, bronzes, and neutral colors. The creamy beige shade is perfect to wear every day. It can go from neutral to smokey, depending on how much you apply/darken it.
Maybelline Lasting Drama 36 Hr Gel Liner in 02 Brown 
(399 pesos)
Eyeliners are my best friends. They’re the perfect solution to making your eyes pop. 
Maybelline’s Drama Gel Liner lasts up to 36 hours. It resists oil, sweat, and water, too!!
It was my first time to use a gel liner (my usual go-tos are pens), and I was surprised with how easy peasy it was to apply! I love the brown shade, too, cause it looks really natural on the eyes.

Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick (299 Pesos)

Finally, my favorites– the Maybelline color sensational bold matte lipsticks.
Shout out to all pale girls out there who can’t go on a day lipstick-free without anyone asking us if we’re sick :))  (we got this, sisters!!) (and yep, this has happened to me more than thrice. LOL).
Surprise, surprise! Maybelline’s Bold Matte Lipsticks don’t dry up the lips like most mattes do. 
A++++

Color swatches of of Mat 5 (reddish pink), Mat 4 (reddish orange), and Mat 1 (hot pink)

 These vibrant shades are so versatile, they can be worn from day to night! 🙂 

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

I am sooo excited for all of you to try out these amazing NYFW-featured products, that’s why I am giving away a special gift pack worth 1,000 pesos. All you have to do is repost this photo on Instagram with the hashtags #MaybellineNYFWxHershey and #MaybellineNYFW.
Please tune in the next few weeks cause we’re cooking something really BIG for 2016. Let’s go, ladies!! 💋

XOXO,

Hershey


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Too much

Sometimes I feel like people think I’m
too needy
too weak
too helpless.

And oftentimes, I feel alone.

What if no one ever sees past my scars?
What if no one chooses to understand?
What if no one chooses to stay?

After all,
I’m too broken to be loved, anyway.

/ I’m sorry I can’t win this fight. /

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