The Style Mermaid by Kisty Mea

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • How To Look Good On A Cruise
I’ve never been on a legit cruise, but if I were, I’d like myself to be still presentable at all times… especially when I’ll be exposed to the sun and saltwater wind 24/7.
Since cruises are a glamorous way to spend a vacation; tropical islands will provide amazing backdrops for photographs but though the sights might be spectacular, you’d still like the foreground – ie. you – to look equally jetsetting. But with all that sea spray, hair-tangling breezes and constant traveling, how do you stay looking ship-shape on a cruise?
Take care of your skin
On deck, the sea air can dry skin. If you’d gone on a mountain-climbing expedition, rugged might be a good look, but you’ll be wanting a healthy glow and a gleaming complexion for the ship’s poolside and those social nights on cruises, so keep a can of facial spritz near to hand and ensure make-up or creams have at least an SPF30, to avoid aging sun damage. 
A regular moisturizing routine at night is also essential for skin to stay smooth and retain a fresh look. Use your normal product so skin doesn’t have any reactions and if you can’t find travel-size bottles in the product range, decant your moisturizing lotions and balms into mini tubs and containers. Take advantage of spa facilities found on many cruises for professional attention and luxury indulgence. Relax while having a manicure and pedicure to make hands and feet soft, and you’ll be ready to get out on deck again in no time.
Avoid hair hassle
Wear styles that suit you and don’t get a new cut before you go which you don’t know how to handle. Consult your stylist if you’re heading off to humid or unusual climates and get some appropriate products to protect your hair. Use hairbands and scarves to keep hair in place during the day – look for accessories with nautical stripes and anchor motifs if you want your style to be in keeping with the sailing theme! At night, go for cute weaves and braids or let curls tumble. Make sure you’ve packed some gel or hairspray to hold a style in place.
What to pack
On cruises to warmer climates make sure you have lightweight, natural fabric garments to keep you cool. Think floaty dresses, kaftans and palazzo pants, and team cotton crop tops and neat Capri pants with comfortable sandals that allow air to circulate. Don’t forget to add in some funky sunglasses and enjoy your cruise!

How To Look Good On A Cruise

I’ve never been on a legit cruise, but if I were, I’d like myself to be still presentable at all times… especially when I’ll be exposed to the sun and saltwater wind 24/7.

Since cruises are a glamorous way to spend a vacation; tropical islands will provide amazing backdrops for photographs but though the sights might be spectacular, you’d still like the foreground – ie. you – to look equally jetsetting. But with all that sea spray, hair-tangling breezes and constant traveling, how do you stay looking ship-shape on a cruise?

Take care of your skin

On deck, the sea air can dry skin. If you’d gone on a mountain-climbing expedition, rugged might be a good look, but you’ll be wanting a healthy glow and a gleaming complexion for the ship’s poolside and those social nights on cruises, so keep a can of facial spritz near to hand and ensure make-up or creams have at least an SPF30, to avoid aging sun damage. 

A regular moisturizing routine at night is also essential for skin to stay smooth and retain a fresh look. Use your normal product so skin doesn’t have any reactions and if you can’t find travel-size bottles in the product range, decant your moisturizing lotions and balms into mini tubs and containers. 

Take advantage of spa facilities found on many cruises for professional attention and luxury indulgence. Relax while having a manicure and pedicure to make hands and feet soft, and you’ll be ready to get out on deck again in no time.

Avoid hair hassle

Wear styles that suit you and don’t get a new cut before you go which you don’t know how to handle. Consult your stylist if you’re heading off to humid or unusual climates and get some appropriate products to protect your hair. Use hairbands and scarves to keep hair in place during the day – look for accessories with nautical stripes and anchor motifs if you want your style to be in keeping with the sailing theme! At night, go for cute weaves and braids or let curls tumble. Make sure you’ve packed some gel or hairspray to hold a style in place.

What to pack

On cruises to warmer climates make sure you have lightweight, natural fabric garments to keep you cool. Think floaty dresses, kaftans and palazzo pants, and team cotton crop tops and neat Capri pants with comfortable sandals that allow air to circulate. Don’t forget to add in some funky sunglasses and enjoy your cruise!

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Shop & Dine Better with Globe Charge
Listen up business/shop owners, this is your opportunity to enhance your business through a new and exciting service from Globe. Introducing Globe Charge, a small plug-it device that will allow you to accept Mastercard payments via smartphones or tablets.
You’re probably wondering what’s the relevance of having a Globe Charge? It’s simple really: more payment options means more customers and an opportunity to expand your business. This is quite useful during bazaars, since not all customers carry cash (I know cash is still king but having a credit or debit card is just soooo convenient and safe!). Not to mention, merchants will receive the payment as as early as the next banking day. 
Globe Charge has 3 components: a mobile card reader that cost PHP999 (one-time payment or discounted via phone bundle), a mobile app which you will use to make the transaction and your very own merchant account, FREE of charge with no recurring fees.  
But how does Globe Charge work anyway? Simple, all you have to do is shop or dine with their accredited partners, like Sunnies by Charlie (SM Megamall) and Smokin’ Pig Legendary Rib Joint in Capitol Hills. JP and I went to the latter because we love discovering new food. 
So you make a purchase with one of their accredited partners, then the merchant will open the mobile app to input the credit card details. Using the mobile card reader, the merchant will then swipe the card and ask the customer for their email address and signature. The acknowledgement receipt will be sent to the customer’s email address. And voila, hassle-free purchase!
Told ya it was easy peasy! If you’re a merchant and interested to get this fantastic service for your business, visit globe.com.ph/globecharge, or email chargeinquiries@globe.com.ph for more information. :) 

Shop & Dine Better with Globe Charge

Listen up business/shop owners, this is your opportunity to enhance your business through a new and exciting service from Globe. Introducing Globe Charge, a small plug-it device that will allow you to accept Mastercard payments via smartphones or tablets.

You’re probably wondering what’s the relevance of having a Globe Charge? It’s simple really: more payment options means more customers and an opportunity to expand your business. This is quite useful during bazaars, since not all customers carry cash (I know cash is still king but having a credit or debit card is just soooo convenient and safe!). Not to mention, merchants will receive the payment as as early as the next banking day. 

Globe Charge has 3 components: a mobile card reader that cost PHP999 (one-time payment or discounted via phone bundle), a mobile app which you will use to make the transaction and your very own merchant account, FREE of charge with no recurring fees.  

But how does Globe Charge work anyway? Simple, all you have to do is shop or dine with their accredited partners, like Sunnies by Charlie (SM Megamall) and Smokin’ Pig Legendary Rib Joint in Capitol Hills. JP and I went to the latter because we love discovering new food. 

So you make a purchase with one of their accredited partners, then the merchant will open the mobile app to input the credit card details. Using the mobile card reader, the merchant will then swipe the card and ask the customer for their email address and signature. The acknowledgement receipt will be sent to the customer’s email address. And voila, hassle-free purchase!

Told ya it was easy peasy! If you’re a merchant and interested to get this fantastic service for your business, visit globe.com.ph/globecharge, or email chargeinquiries@globe.com.ph for more information. :) 

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Pico de Loro Adventure
While most people flocked the pristine beach of Boracay on Labor Day, Cariza and I went on a spontaneous roadtrip adventure to Nasugbu, Batangas to relax at Pico De Loro. I’ve never been to Pico before, so I have no idea what to expect but I assumed it’s a great place to getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city life. 
As usual, let the photos do the ~talking~

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About Pico de Loro
Pico De Loro is a beach and country club developed by SM Properties, equipped with a full range of sports and recreation facilities. They have a boutique hotel and 8 residential buildings. Some units of the residential buildings are rented for vacation goers. 
   
How to get there?
From Manila, there are three routes to Pico De Loro. The shortest route is via Cavitex, while the longest is through Tagaytay via the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway. I recommend you check with Google Maps for the best route from your location. 
  
What to do in Pico?
There are a bunch of sport and recreation activities in Pico de Loro, such as swimming, bowling, billiards, frisbee and horse-back riding. Ultimately, Pico de Loro is a place to relax from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila.  
Note: To access the facilities, you have to pay a membership fee of PHP1,000/person. Pico de Loro do not accept cash payments. You also have to purchase a reloadable cash card worth PHP1,000 from them.
     


Where to stay in Pico?
Cariza and I stayed at Brick & Mustard’s unit. It’s a cozy one-bedroom unit at the Miranda building (about 5-minutes from the beach). The place has everything — bed, TV with cable and DVD, kitchen, microwave, kitchenwares, and so on. All you need to bring is the food, drinking water and your personal toiletries. 
The rate is PHP6,000/night good for six (6) people. So, that’s like PHP1000/person/night. I’d say that’s a pretty cheap deal considering how clean and pretty the place is. 

      
But wait, let me give you a discount!
I’m giving away three (3) 20% voucher to anyone who is interested to stay at Pico De Loro. For sure bookers, all you have to do is email brickandmustard@gmail.com and let them know that you found out about their place through me (The Style Mermaid).
The discount is only valid for the first three customers who’ll book a room. Don’t be a bogus buyer, thanks.

Pico de Loro Adventure

While most people flocked the pristine beach of Boracay on Labor Day, Cariza and I went on a spontaneous roadtrip adventure to Nasugbu, Batangas to relax at Pico De Loro. I’ve never been to Pico before, so I have no idea what to expect but I assumed it’s a great place to getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city life. 

As usual, let the photos do the ~talking~

Pico de Loro Adventure

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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Feng Shui Guide
A few months from now, I’ll be living on my own again. So in the meantime, I’m busy conceptualizing how I want my new place to be, from the paint of the bedroom walls to the white wooden workspace. Now, I know I’m not Chinese but there’s no harm in adding Feng Shui to my home, because its principles are all about attractive positive energy in all all aspects of your life. 
And you know that wooden octagon that’s associated to feng shui? Apparently, that octagon serves as a tool to help you figure out which areas of your home corresponds to which life areas, such as career, travel, creativity, and wealth. For example, the northern area of the octagon is associated to water and career. So by putting water elements in your ‘career’ area, you attract career opportunities and foster stronger relationships with your colleagues.
Anyway, Lamudi.ph provided a list of ways to boost feng shui at home:
Clear out the clutter. This is the most important basic step in creating harmony at home.
Fix anything that is broken. Pay particular attention to any leaking taps or pipes: these are said to drain your finances and wealth.
Add mirrors to your hallway as these can increase energy flow. However, remove any mirrors that directly face the front door: these are a big taboo in feng shui.
Move key pieces of furniture to the ‘empowered’ position. Items like your bed and couches should be positioned so you can see the door but are not directly aligned with it.
Buy some greenery. Add some indoor plants to your home, focusing on living areas and bathrooms.
Cover any windows opposite the front door. Energy can escape from here so make sure these windows have curtains or blinds.
Check the lighting in your living room. Make sure you have enough light sources that the space is well lit when in use.
Add a water source – such as a fountain or an aquarium – in the north section of your home. This can improve your career and finances.
Don’t position couches and sofas under beams in the roof. This can lead to financial loss, headaches and other health issues.
If you want to bring love into your life, focus on your home’s south west. Placing candles, crystals or even painting a wall in this area red is said to aid your search for a soul mate.
These tips are so useful, and I hope I’ll be incorporate them in the near future. For more home and lifestyle tips, check out Lamudi.ph. 

Feng Shui Guide

A few months from now, I’ll be living on my own again. So in the meantime, I’m busy conceptualizing how I want my new place to be, from the paint of the bedroom walls to the white wooden workspace. Now, I know I’m not Chinese but there’s no harm in adding Feng Shui to my home, because its principles are all about attractive positive energy in all all aspects of your life. 

And you know that wooden octagon that’s associated to feng shui? Apparently, that octagon serves as a tool to help you figure out which areas of your home corresponds to which life areas, such as career, travel, creativity, and wealth. For example, the northern area of the octagon is associated to water and career. So by putting water elements in your ‘career’ area, you attract career opportunities and foster stronger relationships with your colleagues.

Anyway, Lamudi.ph provided a list of ways to boost feng shui at home:

  • Clear out the clutter. This is the most important basic step in creating harmony at home.
  • Fix anything that is broken. Pay particular attention to any leaking taps or pipes: these are said to drain your finances and wealth.
  • Add mirrors to your hallway as these can increase energy flow. However, remove any mirrors that directly face the front door: these are a big taboo in feng shui.
  • Move key pieces of furniture to the ‘empowered’ position. Items like your bed and couches should be positioned so you can see the door but are not directly aligned with it.
  • Buy some greenery. Add some indoor plants to your home, focusing on living areas and bathrooms.
  • Cover any windows opposite the front door. Energy can escape from here so make sure these windows have curtains or blinds.
  • Check the lighting in your living room. Make sure you have enough light sources that the space is well lit when in use.
  • Add a water source – such as a fountain or an aquarium – in the north section of your home. This can improve your career and finances.
  • Don’t position couches and sofas under beams in the roof. This can lead to financial loss, headaches and other health issues.
  • If you want to bring love into your life, focus on your home’s south west. Placing candles, crystals or even painting a wall in this area red is said to aid your search for a soul mate.

These tips are so useful, and I hope I’ll be incorporate them in the near future. For more home and lifestyle tips, check out Lamudi.ph

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • The Lifestyle Benefits Of Riding A Bicycle
If your goals in life at the moment include getting fit, being more eco-friendly and generally having more fun, then riding a bicycle might just be the answer for you. Cycling is already the number one way to get around in a number of countries, but it doesn’t just have to be for transportation. In fact, there are numerous ways that riding a bicycle can give you a more positive lifestyle.
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Improves your state of mind
Unlike sitting in a traffic jam behind the wheel of a car, or being packed into a crammed train, riding a bike can be a great way to relieve stress. Although some people worry about the dangers of cycling around traffic, you won’t be worried about this when you are feeling the fresh air rushing past you. Regular riding will help relieve stress and make you feel more relaxed.
Boosts your fitness
It’s not just your mind that will benefit from cycling - your body will noticeably feel more rewarded too. It’s a great way to burn off calories, and if you can tie it in with your commute to actually go somewhere then even better. The good thing is that it is also relatively easy in comparison to running, as no stress is placed on your muscles and joints.
It’s cheap!
Cycling means you won’t have to fill your car with gas or pay for train tickets - you’ll just be using the power of your legs! Although buying the bicycle requires an initial payment, if you look for a good 0% finance on mountain bikes deal, where you can spread the cost over a year or so, if becomes very affordable and the costs will end up paying for themselves with the money that you manage to save elsewhere.
Good for those around you
Cycling means one less noisy, polluting car on the road. If everyone decided to get on their bicycle, think about how fewer jams there would be! The world instantly becomes a more enjoyable, friendlier place when people are riding bikes. The pollution levels also drop - something which is a real problem in the world at the moment. Cleaner air means a better quality of life for you and those around you.
Speed
It’s often just quicker to get on your bike, especially if you live in a city where traffic jams are frequent. You can speed past the traffic whistling to yourself along the way while the stressed out drivers wonder if they are ever going to get to where they need to go.
It’s good fun
Most importantly, cyclists will tell you that once they start riding a bike it quickly becomes a passion for them. Whether they like to go out into the country with their mountain bikes and cycle down steep muddy hills, or if they just like to ride on the roads to and from work, it can provide much enjoyment for people.
So why not try and give it a go? 
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The Lifestyle Benefits Of Riding A Bicycle

If your goals in life at the moment include getting fit, being more eco-friendly and generally having more fun, then riding a bicycle might just be the answer for you. Cycling is already the number one way to get around in a number of countries, but it doesn’t just have to be for transportation. In fact, there are numerous ways that riding a bicycle can give you a more positive lifestyle.

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