Personal

What’s your full name? Is Kisty your real name?
For security purposes, I will not divulge my real name online. Kisty is a nickname.

Which country are you from?
I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. But moved to Singapore from October 2011 until March 2014.

How old are you?
26 years old.

Are you Filipino?
Yes.

What’s your course? Where did you study?
I took up Information Technology in University of Asia & the Pacific and James Cook University in Singapore.

Beauty

Is your hair naturally curly or did you get a perm?
My hair is naturally curly/wavy, something I’ve inherited from my dad. I had perms twice, but they don’t look quite as nice as my curls.

What’s your real hair color?
My real hair color is black.

How did you achieve your blonde hair?
I went to Philippe Torjdman Salon and had my hair bleached several times. I don’t recommend bleaching your hair on your own, especially if you have no idea what you’re doing.

What colors have you dyed your hair to?
Before 2014, I’ve tried chocolate brown, red, purple & teal. The rest of my hair color history can be found under the Hair Chameleon tag.

What are the brands of veggie dyes do you use?
My go-to are Special Effects and Manic Panic. There are cheaper alternatives but they usually bleed, and I just can’t afford to get stains on my clothes and sheets. I get my dyes here.

How do you take care of your chemically-treated hair?
Everything you need to know is in under the Hair Care Diaries tag. For those aspiring to go blonde, these are my go-to products.

What’s your skincare regimen?
Please read My Skin Care Routine entry.

Photography

What camera + lenses do you use? 
Majority of the photos posted on this blog are captured using a Nikon D90 and Tamron 17-50mm lens. I recently acquired a Fujifilm X-M1 though.

Do you have a lighting kit at home? 
Yes, I do. I have an AlienBees B800 + umbrella. I ordered it from the US.

What are your tips when it comes to photography? 
Learn the basics. Always shoot in manual. Don’t stop shooting. Practice and experiment.

What app do you to edit photos on your iPhone? 
Just VSCO Cam!

What iPhone model are you using? 
iPhone 5, 32G white

What’s your Instagram? 
http://www.instagram.com/kistymea

Blogging

How long have you been blogging? 
Since I was 13 years old. My first blog was officially opened on October 1st, 2012.

Care to share some blogging advice to new bloggers like me? 
Please read my Blog To Inspire series.

How did you get your own domain name?
I purchased it from here. They’re the best!

I don’t have a credit card. Can you help me buy a domain?
Yes, but I charge P700/year. Please contact me to make an order.

Who is your web host?
My boyfriend is currently hosting me, for free. :)

Can you make me a Tumblr/Wordpress Theme?
Yes, for a fee. Please contact me for rates.

Travel

How did you discover Big Blog Exchange?
Pure luck. I was exploring new blogs one evening, and one of them has a BBE badge on their sidebar. I got curious, so I clicked it, browsed a few pages until I realized what the contest was all about. :)

Do I have to have a huge following to win Big Blog Exchange?
Not really. Having a following can help you get into the Top 25 of your region though.

Can you list down the countries you’ve been to?
Hong Kong, Macau, China (Beijing, Shenzhen), Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok, England, Wales, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France and Netherlands.

What part of Europe have you visited?
England – London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Shropshire, Manchester, Ambleside (Lake District), York, Whitby, Oxford
Italy – Milan, Pisa, Venice, Rome, Vatican City
Others – Melide (Swizterland), Munich (Germany), Paris (France), Amsterdam (Netherlands)

How about the places you’ve visited in the Philippines?
Uhm… Batangas, Laguna, Quezon Province, Baguio, Bataan (Corregidor, Anvaya Cove and the one with the cross), Cebu, Bohol, Boracay, El Nido, and Caramoan.

 

How did you get a visa for ____?
China Visa / Japan Visa / UK Visa / Schengen Visa / Korea Visa

Can you help me create an itinerary for trips?

Boracay: Read this.
El Nido: Read this.
Singapore: Read this and this.

Why did you move to Singapore?
My parents wanted me to study abroad and they gave me a choice which country I should go to. I really wanted to go to London, New York or Sydney. But in the end, I chose Singapore because it’s closer to home.

I’m an OFW living in Singapore. How do I get an OEC? 
I wrote this OEC guide in 2013, so I can’t guarantee that the process is still the same.  Please check the Philippine Embassy website for updates.

What is it like to live in a foreign country?
It’s fun but it can be tough; It’s not glitter and gold. You only have yourself to depend on. The cost of living is high, too. I hate how much other people undermines the expensiveness of living abroad.