March 31, 2016

Oops, I'm in India: Hyderabadi FAQ, Food, and Malls

DISCLAIMER: As this is a company-sponsored trip, the information that I will be sharing won't be backpacking-friendly. Nevertheless, I encourage you to read on so you can learn more about the country of India--specifically, the city of Hyderabad.

The view from my hotel room.

First, let me start of with...


  • It is the capital of the southern Indian state of Telangana
  • Its size is 650 square kilometers (250 square meters)
  • Its population is 7.75 million, making it the fourth most populous city (sixth most populous in urban agglomeration) in India
  • Historically, it is known for its pearl and diamond trading center, but modern Hyderabad is known for its "Genome Valley," a high-technology business district that has developed as a cluster for bio-medical research, training and manufacturing
  • Modern Hyderabad is also known for attracting investors of financial institutions and information technology
  • With an output of 74 billion USD, it is the fifth-largest contributor to India's overall gross domestic product
  • Its average altitude is 542 meters (1,778 feet) and much of Hyderabad is situated on hilly terrain and artificial lakes
  • It has a tropical wet and dry climate;
    • Climate in March to June is hot and humid, with average highs in the mid-30s Celsius
    • The maximum temperature can exceed 40 Celsius between April and June
    • May is the hottest month, with a daily temperature range of 26 to 39 Celsius
    • The wet season falls between June and September, where the heaviest rainfall recorded in a 24-hour period was 241.5 millimeters (10 inches) on August 24, 2000
    • Temperatures in December and January vary from 14.5 to 28 Celsius
    • December is the coldest month, with lows reaching to 10 Celsius
  • It is overseen by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), where the mayor is its  titular head (by process of election) and the municipal commissioner has the executive powers (appointed by the state government)
  • Travel time from Hyderabad to India's most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal, will take around 19 hours by land (around 8 hours by air -- including connecting flights)

March 04, 2016

#SupportLokalPH: Happy Skin Cosmetics - Eye Need A Miracle

Recently, I've been discovering a number of local (i.e. Filipino) independent businesses. Some of them I've discovered online (on Facebook or on Instagram), others in bazaars. I realize how challenging it is for them to compete with the global market--just look at the shops in our malls and you'll see that most of the brands are from foreign companies ("local" businesses are usually re-sellers na lang)--so in my own little way, I would like to help promote their brand by featuring some of my favorite purchases in this blog.

Happy Skin Cosmetics

Makeup that cares for your skin!

(Online Shop:

You might already know about this brand, as they have been featured in numerous beauty blogs before--they even has their own boutique in Glorietta 3! Nevertheless, I still want to blog about this because I want to share how happy (no other word is more fitting) I am with their concealers.

Left: Eye Need A Miracle Concealer (799 PhP)
Right: Eye Need a Miracle Corrector (799 PhP)

For the longest time, I've been using K-Palette Okuma Concealer, not because I'm a fan of the brand (in fairness, K-Palette does make high quality products), but because a small amount of product goes a long way. Now that my tube is almost empty, I need to buy anew. However, I'm not sure if I wanted to repurchase Okuma, mainly because I think that their shades are too light for my skin.

I've always been curious about Happy Skin Cosmetics, because they claim that their make-up products are formulated with skincare ingredients that are hiyang with the Filipina skin. More importantly, since this is a local brand, the available shades should perfectly match our skin tone. No more espasol face! Needless to say, I took this opportunity to buy me a couple of Happy Skin products.

New Blog Design!

Lately I've been having difficulty incorporating pictures into my blog posts. I can't seem to find the right image size to complement the text; an image size that is not too large as to overwhelm the page, but not too small as to leave an awkward chunk of negative space.

Because of this, I started to hate the overall aesthetic of my blog page, from the color scheme to the font choice.  I want a blog makeover!!!

Alas, my web design skills are too rusty for practice, so I resorted to tweaking Blogger's ready-made template designs instead. My only "hard-core" customization was on the Description *points to the top of the page*; with a little CSS magic I was able to use my own handwriting for that text (yes, that's how my handwriting looks [on a good day]). I increased the width of the main area as well, so that I can post larger-sized images without making them spill out of the border.

I'm too tamad (for now) to adjust the image sizes of my past posts, so my apologies for the potentially awkward viewing experience when you backread my entries.

Ho, hum... that's all I have to say, I guess. Back to regular programming.

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