The Style Mermaid by Kisty Mea

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Travel Arsenal: Must Bring Items
Traveling light and efficiently is a skill that a lot of people, including myself, still needs to master. But I also noticed when we do travel, we tend to focus on the trivial matters, such as what are we going to wear. Between the panic and chaos, we tend to forget the little things that has utmost importance. 
So, let’s start with the basics. Here are the top five (5) items that we should always bring whenever we travel.  
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1. Passport + Government-issued IDs
You can’t go out of the country without a passport. Your passport serves as your World ID, so keep it close and safe at all times. Before you leave the house, make sure you have your passport with you (along with your travel itineraries).
If you don’t have a passport, now is the best time to get one because you need one if you want to join the Big Blog Exchange 2014! HOW TO GET A PHILIPPINE PASSPORT?
For students: it’s advisable to bring your student ID because you’ll be entitled for discounts. 
2. Money + Plastic Cards
Cash is still king, but it’s better you come prepared by bringing a bunch of your plastic cards with you. Don’t forget to call your bank before traveling!
A lot of credit cards are often partnered with a frequent-flier program. You can convert your card’s reward points to miles, which you can use for future travels.CHECK WHICH CREDIT CARD IS RIGHT FOR YOU!
3. Camera + Memory Cards
A camera provides the biggest souvenir you can bring home. Not only will you be able to take photos of the places you’ve visited, but also the memories associated to those photos. One day, you’ll look back and remember.
You don’t need a high-end camera to take spectacular photos. But I recommend getting a camera that works well in low-light, so you can still take amazing shots even at night. 

4. Phone + Powerbank
I use my iPhone to capture photos I post on Instagram. And I also use it to communicate with my family, if ever we got separated during our travel or in case of emergencies.
If you’re a heavy user, I recommend getting a high quality powerbank for your device. I’m currently using a Valore Shell 6000 mAh Powerbank, which can provide two (2) full charges.

5. Comfy Shoes
Traveling abroad means lots of walking. So invest in comfy shoes, like a pair of Converse or Toms. I don’t recommend high heels unless you’re a witch, and has found a magic spell to survive 10-12 hours of wearing them.
I also recommend that you bring flip-flops or open-toe sandals. You can use these inside the bathroom (in case, the bathroom floor is made of glass-like material… to avoid injuries), when it’s raining or going to the beach.

How about you? What are the other things you think is vital when travelling? I’d love to hear your thoughts, explorers! 

Travel Arsenal: Must Bring Items

Traveling light and efficiently is a skill that a lot of people, including myself, still needs to master. But I also noticed when we do travel, we tend to focus on the trivial matters, such as what are we going to wear. Between the panic and chaos, we tend to forget the little things that has utmost importance. 

So, let’s start with the basics. Here are the top five (5) items that we should always bring whenever we travel.  

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DIY Project: Chart Your Travels

Here’s an affordable way to log your travels. All you need is a corkboard (but I used a styrofoam that cost PHP50/$2), a world map, glue and a bunch of pins. A colored push pin will do but I’ve decided to use flag lapel pins that I purchased from their respective countries (except for England, but that’s where I bought my vintage map!) to give that authentic look. :)

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Life in a Nutshell #78
Sometimes, you just need to find a reason — any reason — to get out of bed and live again.
Lately, I find myself collecting back issues of Travel Now (formerly known as Travel) magazines. I also invested in a Midori Travel Journal, a refillable notebook for travelers who have a free spirit.
JP and I loves a good challenge. So we tried Mystery Manila's Chained Chamber and has successfully escaped the room in less than an hour. We make a pretty good team.
I’ve been reconnecting with my college friends. Last Saturday, we went to BF Aguirre for an impromptu cupcake (friendly) date at Larcy’s. I absolutely love their Valrhona Triple Chocolate! Yum!
It’s been a long time since I was able to catch the sunset at JP’s place. I kinda miss this. I miss him.
Taho date with my favorite boy on a Thursday morning.
Blonde hair, heart-shaped glasses, nautical top. Summer is here. Summer is forever.
Disclosure on the 24th. Not my kind of scene but I absolutely love their music. Who’s going?
Don’t you just love productive afternoons? Learning something new, writing your thoughts, and just having a “me” time. 

Life in a Nutshell #78

Sometimes, you just need to find a reason — any reason — to get out of bed and live again.

Lately, I find myself collecting back issues of Travel Now (formerly known as Travel) magazines. I also invested in a Midori Travel Journal, a refillable notebook for travelers who have a free spirit.

JP and I loves a good challenge. So we tried Mystery Manila's Chained Chamber and has successfully escaped the room in less than an hour. We make a pretty good team.

I’ve been reconnecting with my college friends. Last Saturday, we went to BF Aguirre for an impromptu cupcake (friendly) date at Larcy’s. I absolutely love their Valrhona Triple Chocolate! Yum!

It’s been a long time since I was able to catch the sunset at JP’s place. I kinda miss this. I miss him.

Taho date with my favorite boy on a Thursday morning.

Blonde hair, heart-shaped glasses, nautical top. Summer is here. Summer is forever.

Disclosure on the 24th. Not my kind of scene but I absolutely love their music. Who’s going?

Don’t you just love productive afternoons? Learning something new, writing your thoughts, and just having a “me” time. 

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Brazilian Blowout Experience
My hair, despite all the bleach jobs it went through, can still appear healthy even without using any styling tools but it’s better if I do because the ends give away the illusion. Now, I’m quite blessed that I was given such strong hair but that doesn’t mean I should constantly push my crowning glory to the limit. After several bleach jobs, my hair is just thirsty for an intense TLC. 
So despite the lack of funds, I took the plunge and had my first ever and definitely certified Brazilian Blowout treatment at Envy Me Salon. It’s my first time to avail a service in their salon, and given how meticulous I am with my hair, I’m glad that they’re knowledgeable with what they’re selling. 
The Process
The first thing they did was shampoo my hair to remove any dirt and residue. This is to help my hair receive optimal smoothing result. Then they started dividing my hair into sections and applied the treatment from root to tip. Once they’re done, they let the solution be saturated to my hair for 15 minutes. 
The next thing they did was blow-dry my hair without rinsing the treatment off. There was no visible steam or smoke but the product did sting my eyes. :(
Then they straightened my hair using an iron to further seal the product in. During this time, I wondered what’s the difference between the blow dry and hair iron. So I’ve touched both areas, and the iron made my hair look shinier and it really did felt smooth and softer. For a split second, I really felt like I was one of those hair models on TV! 
At this point, they were supposed to rinse my hair and apply a 60-second masque to further seal the treatment but I said I had to leave for an appointment. The stylist said it was okay, and just recommended that I wash my hair the next day instead. They did, however, applied the smoothing serum to detangle and add shine to my hair prior to the final blow-dry. :)
It’s been almost a week since I had my treatment and I’ve got to say that my hair did improve a bit. First of all, it was so much easier to detangle my hair! And my hair is sooooo softer now. :) I highly recommend this kind of treatment to anyone who needs to pamper their crowning glory!
Things To Know
The difference between a Keratin treatment and a Brazilian Blowout are the procedure and products being used. I honestly prefer Keratherapy than iCure for keratin treatments, because I think Keratherapy is safer and ideal for girls with curly hair. (Google iCure Keratin and you can barely find any information, just links to deal sites!). 
A Brazilian Blowout is smoothing hair treatment. It will straighten your hair for a couple of weeks or months only, depending on how you take good care of it. If you’re interested in getting a Brazilian Blowout, check if your salon or stylist is certified. The should be using the Acai Professional Line (bronze color bottle) and not iCure or Keratherapy. And the procedure should follow what’s stated on Brazilian Blowout website.
Envy Me Salon is located at the 3/F West Wing of Robinson’s Galleria. If you’re interested to get a treatment, please call them at (02) 576 4716

Brazilian Blowout Experience

My hair, despite all the bleach jobs it went through, can still appear healthy even without using any styling tools but it’s better if I do because the ends give away the illusion. Now, I’m quite blessed that I was given such strong hair but that doesn’t mean I should constantly push my crowning glory to the limit. After several bleach jobs, my hair is just thirsty for an intense TLC. 

So despite the lack of funds, I took the plunge and had my first ever and definitely certified Brazilian Blowout treatment at Envy Me Salon. It’s my first time to avail a service in their salon, and given how meticulous I am with my hair, I’m glad that they’re knowledgeable with what they’re selling. 

The Process

The first thing they did was shampoo my hair to remove any dirt and residue. This is to help my hair receive optimal smoothing result. Then they started dividing my hair into sections and applied the treatment from root to tip. Once they’re done, they let the solution be saturated to my hair for 15 minutes. 

The next thing they did was blow-dry my hair without rinsing the treatment off. There was no visible steam or smoke but the product did sting my eyes. :(

Then they straightened my hair using an iron to further seal the product in. During this time, I wondered what’s the difference between the blow dry and hair iron. So I’ve touched both areas, and the iron made my hair look shinier and it really did felt smooth and softer. For a split second, I really felt like I was one of those hair models on TV! 

At this point, they were supposed to rinse my hair and apply a 60-second masque to further seal the treatment but I said I had to leave for an appointment. The stylist said it was okay, and just recommended that I wash my hair the next day instead. They did, however, applied the smoothing serum to detangle and add shine to my hair prior to the final blow-dry. :)

It’s been almost a week since I had my treatment and I’ve got to say that my hair did improve a bit. First of all, it was so much easier to detangle my hair! And my hair is sooooo softer now. :) I highly recommend this kind of treatment to anyone who needs to pamper their crowning glory!

Things To Know

The difference between a Keratin treatment and a Brazilian Blowout are the procedure and products being used. I honestly prefer Keratherapy than iCure for keratin treatments, because I think Keratherapy is safer and ideal for girls with curly hair. (Google iCure Keratin and you can barely find any information, just links to deal sites!). 

A Brazilian Blowout is smoothing hair treatment. It will straighten your hair for a couple of weeks or months only, depending on how you take good care of it. If you’re interested in getting a Brazilian Blowout, check if your salon or stylist is certified. The should be using the Acai Professional Line (bronze color bottle) and not iCure or Keratherapy. And the procedure should follow what’s stated on Brazilian Blowout website.

Envy Me Salon is located at the 3/F West Wing of Robinson’s Galleria. If you’re interested to get a treatment, please call them at (02) 576 4716

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • The Monday Grace
The Monday Grace is a (weekly) segment/project here on my blog, The Style Mermaid. The aim of this project is to immerse ourselves with happier, kinder and grateful thoughts; and to replace that sense of dread we often feel every Monday. 
To remain grateful no matter what. Admit it, it’s hard to be grateful when you’re having a bad day, facing a big problem and so on. So this is a reminder to me, to you and pretty much everyone else who thinks they’re having a bad life: be grateful no matter what.
The opportunity to travel. I am so, so grateful that I was given the opportunity to travel to Europe again this year. My mom and I went to great lengths to fix our papers, something that was (and obviously) very crucial if we wanted the approval of the visa.
Stay hopeful. There are days where you just want to give up. There are days where you know you deserve better, but you still chose to stick with the bullshit hoping that one day, things will get better. 
To love. I am thankful that I was given an opportunity to love and be loved. But if that person decides, one day, to stop loving me, then it’s okay. It will hurt but it’s okay, because at least I was given an opportunity to know and love him/her. 
Praying for guidance and wisdom. This is the advice of my boyfriend’s mom said when we had a quick chat the other day. I hope to find it in my heart to easily forgive and forget people and their stupid actions.  
This week’s entry is a little heavy for me, but it feels good to write these things and just let go. The good news is that tomorrow’s a brand new day and another month. I wish you all well a great week ahead!

The Monday Grace

The Monday Grace is a (weekly) segment/project here on my blog, The Style Mermaid. The aim of this project is to immerse ourselves with happier, kinder and grateful thoughts; and to replace that sense of dread we often feel every Monday. 

  1. To remain grateful no matter what. Admit it, it’s hard to be grateful when you’re having a bad day, facing a big problem and so on. So this is a reminder to me, to you and pretty much everyone else who thinks they’re having a bad life: be grateful no matter what.
  2. The opportunity to travel. I am so, so grateful that I was given the opportunity to travel to Europe again this year. My mom and I went to great lengths to fix our papers, something that was (and obviously) very crucial if we wanted the approval of the visa.
  3. Stay hopeful. There are days where you just want to give up. There are days where you know you deserve better, but you still chose to stick with the bullshit hoping that one day, things will get better. 
  4. To love. I am thankful that I was given an opportunity to love and be loved. But if that person decides, one day, to stop loving me, then it’s okay. It will hurt but it’s okay, because at least I was given an opportunity to know and love him/her. 
  5. Praying for guidance and wisdom. This is the advice of my boyfriend’s mom said when we had a quick chat the other day. I hope to find it in my heart to easily forgive and forget people and their stupid actions.  

This week’s entry is a little heavy for me, but it feels good to write these things and just let go. The good news is that tomorrow’s a brand new day and another month. I wish you all well a great week ahead!