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Hey, ladies and gents! It's been a year. Yup, I just realized I haven't posted for a whole ass year. And I wonder why this blog is still up and running haha!

Anyway, a LOT has happened throughout the course of a year. It's only the fifth month of 2020, and I think you'd agree with me when I say it has been so IN-FREAKING-SANE!!! RIGHT?! But I'm not here to talk about that today. Though I must remind you first, please STAY AT HOME IF YOU'RE NOT NEEDED OUTSIDE. I hope everyone is doing well amid the pandemic!

So much for that intro! Now, let's talk about my first tattoo. WHaaaaaTTTT??!!! YES!! YOU READ THAT RIGHT!!! After three freaking years since I decided to get a tattoo, it finally happened! Just in time before the announcement of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) here in Luzon. So I'm gonna walk you through my experience and give you some tips too that I think might be helpful if you're also thinking of getting a tattoo.


I have done a lot of research on this subject beforehand. I browsed the internet, asked friends, and even asked some tattoo shops in my area. I think this is a crucial part when deciding to get a tattoo because your artist must know how to work around with the aesthetic that you like. I'm so glad I found out about Siningtinta because not only is she a pro on minimalist designs but her rates are also the lowest I've seen so far.


Eloise Cadilo is a 20 something (I think) tattoo artist who's very calm and composed. I found out about her while browsing the internet as major PH media outlet already featured her before. Her shop is located in Maginhawa, Quezon City. It's a small space but the interior is relaxing. If you'd like to see her works, you may check out her Instagram page. The username is @siningtinta. You may also see other details there such as her schedule, booking instructions, among others.


I must be honest. I was feeling a little skittish when we arrived at the shop. I was with my two other friends who are also first timers. Although I wasn't really scared SCARED because the design I wanted was very minimal. I was the first one to proceed with the session. Prior to visiting, I already sent Eloise the design I wanted. She printed it on a paper with different sizes and asked me to choose which one I liked the best. Eloise then used a stencil to transfer the design from the paper to my skin. Finally, she started to work on the inking. It only took around 3 minutes for the whole thing to be over. Yes, that fast!


Considering how minimal the design I chose, it wasn't really painful. I'd say the pain level was just a 2 out of 10.


There was nothing really major I did during the after care. I only cleaned the tattoo with water and soap. When it started to scab (and yes, that's normal because a tattoo is an open wound), I used Lucas Papaw to speed up the healing process.


For my design, I only paid P500, which is Siningtinta's minimum rate. The price still depends on the design.


  1. Do research first. I really do recommend Eloise, but if it's a different kind of aesthetic you're going for, then there might be a better artist for you out there.
  2. Talk to your artist about the design you want. Tattoo artists usually offer a variety of designs, and what I like about Eloise is she doesn't use the same design for two clients (unless I think if it's for an event). If you have an idea on your mind, talk to your artist about it so that you two can collaborate and exchange ideas until you get the perfect design.
  3. Keep in mind that tattoos are permanent. So unless you'd be willing to pay for a tattoo removal laser treatment later, my advice would be to think not only twice but thrice before rushing to a tattoo shop.
  4. Lastly, ask questions. Your tattoo artist knows better than you do when it comes to tattoos. Don't be shy and ask them questions! You can never be too careful.


Super glue eye drops mix-up accidents are surprisingly uncommon and it could happen to you too.

This may sound really stupid, but ICYMI, it happens. Surprisingly, there are a lot of reported cases related to super glue eye injury. One of the most common roots of the problem is the similarity with the container of super glue and eye drops. Hence, a lot of people mix up the two and unfortunately have to face the wrath of pouring super glue into their eye. Sucks, right? A lot of people also use super glue to fix eyeglasses frame, and when they wear it too soon, the fumes go to their eyes.

My experience, however, is different. See, I have been keeping a container of nail glue which I used once for my fake nails. I figured I could use it for other things too because it sticks things pretty neatly. One day, I needed a temporary fix for my shoe and thought nail glue could do the job, at least for a while. As many of you are aware, a used super glue or nail glue hardens which makes it difficult to remove the cap. So, I was using force trying to open it and then bam, the next thing I knew, a splash of nail glue was flying from the container right into my eye.

Of all the things it could have landed, it went straight to my eye. There's freaking super glue in my eye! I was going to be blind, I thought. This is the stupidest thing to ever happen in my life. I was pretty panicky but my mind was set to the fact that I needed to get as much glue as I could from my eyeball. While this is painfully scary, thankfully, I didn't go blind and could clearly see now. In fact, upon researching, I found out that in cases like this, no permanent eye damage has ever been recorded, even those people who mistook super glue for their eye drops.

How to remove super glue from the eye

In case of super glue eye contact, these are the steps to be taken as first aid while you do not have access yet to a hospital.

1. Rinse eye with water immediately

Of course, this is the first thing that would come to anyone's mind. When I realized the glue went into my eye, I quickly ran to the sink and rinse my eye with water as much as I could. If you have warm water sitting at home, that would definitely work better, especially if the super glue sticks to your eyelashes.

Important: Do not ever try to use acetone or any toxic material that removes glue. It is not safe for the eye and will just make the situation much worse.

2. Use eye drop

My eye was pretty red and felt major discomfort after being aggressively scratched. I didn't rush to the ER because I had important stuff to do at work and well, I hate hospitals. So, I ran to the nearest drugstore and got an eye drop intended for eye redness. I put two drops into my eye and it felt prickly. The redness subsided but I was still uncomfortable. Three hours later, I used eye drops again. That night, I found out that the eye drop I bought is not to be used for eye with corneal abrasion (which I think I had), so I stopped using it and just endured the pain.

This is why I recommend that you only use saline solution or eye drops that are intended for cleansing or those that are safe to be used for corneal abrasion.

3. Cover eye with eye patch or gauze

To avoid infection, it is recommended to cover affected eye with eye patch or gauze. It actually also reduces the pain and discomfort.

4. Sleep on it

That night, I was exhausted and sleepy. I felt my eye starting to swell and I was worried that I might wake up with an eye infection. Still, my stubborn self decided to sleep on it and thought I'd just visit a doctor if my eye got worse. Fortunately, when I woke up, my eye looked and felt normal. The discomfort was gone. The redness was gone. The swelling was gone. All is well!

Disclaimer: This is based solely on my experience. I highly recommend that if something similar happens to you, just go to the nearest ER and seek genuine medical help. You may use this post as a guide for super glue in the eye first aid but going to the hospital is always the best choice, especially if the situation is even worse than mine.

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Good news, fellow Millennials! There's a new dining spot that has opened its door for you. If you drool over just hearing "Cebu lechon," "sinigang," "kilawin," and other classic Filipino dishes, then this restaurant will pierce in right to your tastebuds.

About Sangkap

Sangkap takes pride on its "four modern ingredients." All dishes are infused with niyog (coconut), sili (chili), kamatis (tomato), and mangga (mango) extract. As of this writing, they have two branches located in Vertis North, QC and Feliz Mall, Pasig.

Review of Sangkap

I was invited for a tasting session at the Vertis North branch of Sangkap. The place looks rustic as though it wants you to feel the classic Filipino living. The owner, Mr. Harvard Uy de Baron, generously prepared 10 sumptuous dishes. They all looked so yummy I might have heard my stomach growling while taking the food shots LOL!

Unfortunately, out of 10, I only tasted six because I was full already, but I brought a friend with me who was able to taste some of the others.

Okoy Salad (P240)

Vegetable is my least favorite, which is why I don't want to comment much on this. But if you're a salad lover, you should give it a try. The twist? The sauce is made with blended pure mango extract. Sounds nice?

Cebu Lechon Sinigang (P370 Regular; P550 Family)

According to Mr. Harvard, this is Sangkap's star dish, and I can see why. In fact, this is one of my favorites in the menu. It is infused with green mango and tamarind to complement the sour sinigang taste. It also has taro which makes the paste or sauce thick. It doesn't taste like the regular sinigang we've come to know, but if you're an adventurous foodie, you'll surely love it too!

Inihaw na Pusit at Kamatis Salsa (P320)

I may be biased with this review because I love seafood above all, but I definitely enjoyed this one. The squid meat has a juiciness that bursts in your mouth with every bite. Some grilled squid may come off dry and chewy, but this isn't one of those. Although, you may have a hard time cutting it so  don't be stupid like me and better use a knife. Haha!

Bagnet Bicol Express (P 295 Regular; P470 Family)

What I like about this dish is that the Bicol express paste really complements the taste and the bagnet is so easy to chew. However, if you're expecting the sizzling spicy hot taste of Bicol express, this won't give you that. Still, the taste is great and I'd definitely recommend it.

Kilawin (P310)

Beef Mechado (P340 Regular; P595 Family)

Laing Lumpia at Gata Dip (P240)

Inasal sa Gata (P350 Regular; P680 Family)

Salo-Halo (P245)

For dessert, we were given two dishes: the Tricolor Spring Roll (P220) and the Salo-Halo. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a photo of the Spring Roll, but it tasted really good, not overwhelmingly sweet. Meanwhile, the Salo-Halo tasted okay for me. Nothing too special, and I've even tasted better ones before. But the serving is too generous, so make sure to share! After all, it's meant for salo-salo (sharing).

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The values of a typical Filipino family lie within its long heritage culture. Generations after generations, we’ve been taught to be selfless when it comes to our loved ones’ sake, and no one ever sees wrong in that. 

Through the years, we have learned to live with the norm that our family is always right and that we should go after their steps, adopt their beliefs, attitudes, and ideal, and pass on the tradition to our successors.

But have you ever thought about how different things would be if you had the ability to break the norm in your hands; to choose to do something your family would never want you to? Would the values you have inherited from deep down your roots completely fade away as if you never intended to keep them?



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