HERE’S WHY YOU HAVE TO VISIT SOUTH CEBU

Watch my solo do-it-yourself travel to South Cebu featuring Oslob including Sumilon Island, Allegria and Moalboal. Watch as I swim with the whalesharks in Oslob, cliffjump in Allegria, swim with sea turtles and sardines in Moalboal and so much more.
Full article and backstory to be published soon.

HIT OR MISS? | DO-IT-YOURSELF NOVELINA PROFESSIONAL HAIR & SCALP TREATMENT PRODUCT REVIEW

VERDICT: HIT

Impressive and promising. That is how I would describe Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment after using it. Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment is an affordable do-it-yourself solution to help restore the hair’s lost moisture because of chemical treatment or daily styling. Without leaving the house, I can treat my crowning glory to a hair spa for 5 to 10 minutes tops. Just apply it on hair. Wet or dry, it does not matter. Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse and boom!

Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment helps me rejuvenate my dry, brittle and damaged hair due to extensive exposure to the sun and sea and stress from the recent hair coloring session I had. After initial use, my hair felt moisturized and natural oils and proteins seemed to have been restored.

Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment
Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment rejuvenates dry, brittle, or damaged hair and replaces moisture, natural oils and protein lost during chemical treatments.

If you are in a hurry, watch the vlog below instead. Otherwise, proceed. Happy reading!

It has been a while since I did a HIT OR MISS Vlog. The last time I did a HIT OR MISS Vlog was nine months ago (lol). Click here to watch it.

I have been busy traveling. Do watch my latest travel video featuring Siargao here.

What is HIT OR MISS anyway? HIT OR MISS is one of the segments in my Youtube channel where I do product reviews to check if the product actually delivers its product claims and promises. Most of the products that I review are skin care products being a skin care addict myself.

The rainy season is the lean season, if I may call it, for any travel blogger for obvious reasons.

I actually got stranded due to heavy rains and floods last week in Pangasinan when my brother and I went home to celebrate our Mom’s birthday. I also got sick. But it was all good because I got to spend more time with family.

However, I am saddened by how bad my home province was struck by the recent typhoon.

I have friends whose houses were flooded for days. Government and private establishments had to close down and electricity and internet were intermittent.

Now, I am back in Metro Manila to do non-travel related content.

My next scheduled trips this August are Bataan, Carabao Island and Guimaras. Well, apparently, the rainy season is not that lean a month after all. I just pray for sunny days ahead.

All the traveling that I did last summer have taken its toll on my hair. I was traveling non-stop and was exposed to the sun and sea for long hours. I also got invited to a hair coloring session. Click here for that entry.

I so badly needed a hair and scalp treatment that is both easy on the pocket and one that I can do at home. I mean just look how stressed out my crowning glory is in the photo below:

Fortunately, Novelina Cosmetics sent me a do-it-yourself hair and scalp treatment product to try.

Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment

Just how effective is this Do-It-Yourself Novelina Professional Hair and Scalp Treatment? Let me share my experience with you. Watch my short HIT OR MISS Vlog below:

As it claims, this do-it-yourself hair and scalp treatment solution helps in restoring hair’s lost moisture due to chemical treatment or daily styling. It can protect hair before and after hair salon services such as rebonding or hair coloring that use chemicals that stress the hair and scalp.

Novelina Professional Hair and Scalp Treatment contains a hydrating blend of emollients that increases moisture retention in hair.

Product Claims/Promises:

  • Instantly rejuvenates dry, brittle, or damaged hair
  • Replaces moisture, natural oils and protein lost during chemical treatments

Features:

  • A Japanese formulation
  • Strengthens over-processed hair
  • Has a refreshing clean scent

Directions for use:

  • Apply liberally to wet or dry hair.
  • Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Rinse.
Novelina Professional Hair and Scalp Treatment. Ingredients:  Aqua, Mineral Oil (Liquid Parrafin), Cetyl Alcohol, Oleyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Aloe Extract, POE Liquid Lanolin, Silk Peptide Solution, L-Threonine, Sodium Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid, Antiseptic, Perfume, Citric Acid.
Ingredients: Aqua, Mineral Oil (Liquid Parrafin), Cetyl Alcohol, Oleyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Aloe Extract, POE Liquid Lanolin, Silk Peptide Solution, L-Threonine, Sodium Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid, Antiseptic, Perfume, Citric Acid.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Mineral Oil (Liquid Parrafin), Cetyl Alcohol, Oleyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Aloe Extract, POE Liquid Lanolin, Silk Peptide Solution, L-Threonine, Sodium Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid, Antiseptic, Perfume, Citric Acid.

Novelina Professional Hair and Scalp Treatment
Novelina Professional Hair and Scalp Treatment. The perfect do-it-yourself solution for restoring hair’s lost moisture due to chemical treatment or everyday styling. Protects hair before and after chemical service such as rebonding or hair coloring because it contains a hydrating blend of emollients that increases moisture retention in hair.

Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment is available in the following sizes:

  • 200 ml tube for Php 200.00
  • 500 g jar for Php 455.00

Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment is for sale online. Visit the Novelina Cosmetics Online Shop here. It is also available on Lazada Philippines here.

Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment is:

  • Formulated in Japan by Novelina Cosmetics Co., Ltd. Osaka Japan
  • Manufactured by Novelina Cosmetics Co., Ltd. Shanghai, China
  • Exclusively Distributed in the Philippines by Tritan Ventures, Inc., Tritan Plaza, Magallanes Commercial Center, Makati City, Philippines 1232

For more product information, visit https://www.novelinacosmetics.com and https://www.facebook.com/novelinacosmetics

Signing out for now. Peace!

HOW TO GET TO BATU CAVES, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

When I visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in January this year, I missed Batu Caves. Batu Caves is one of the most popular Hindu Shrines outside India. It is located in the northern part of Kuala Lumpur.

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I already paid for the day tour online while in Manila. A city tour was scheduled in the morning and Batu Caves in the afternoon. A separate blog post about my Kuala Lumpur City Tour will be published soon (I hope, lol). My flight back to Manila was in the evening and I had to be at the airport by say about 7 PM.

By noon, the city tour was done and we were on our way back to the tour operator’s headquarters to switch vans and guides for Batu Caves. During the switch, I grabbed a quick lunch at a nearby eatery. After lunch, I boarded the van with other travelers. I was so excited because it would be my first #dronescapade outside the country.

Unknown to me and to my companions in the van, the tour included three stops before Batu Caves, being the last stop. After the first stop, the tour guide approached me and told me that I might miss my flight to Manila should I proceed any further with the tour. So they left me at the nearest train station to catch a trip back to KL Sentral and then to the KL International Airport unfortunately.

Me on board a train to KL Sentral Station
Me on board a train to KL Sentral Station

I did not know any better but had I known, I could have just taken the bus & train to Batu Caves from KL Sentral Train Station and not booked that day tour in the first place.

In March 2018, I traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia. My flight back to Manila had a long lay-over in Kuala Lumpur. I grabbed the opportunity to finally fly my drone in Batu Caves. I did not book a van for a day tour anymore. I did a DIY tour of Batu Caves and other places of interest in Kuala Lumpur. #solotravels

Getting to Batu Caves From the KL Sentral Train Station

Rapid KL Bus to Sentul Station from KL Sentral
Rapid KL Bus to Sentul Station from KL Sentral
Bus Terminal at the KL Sentral Station, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bus Terminal at the KL Sentral Station, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

There were no trains available that would take me from KL Sentral to Batu Caves. Apparently, a construction of the railway directly connecting KL Sentral and Batu Caves was (and still is) ongoing. Hence, I took the one-hour bus ride compliments of Rapid KL Bus from KL Sentral to Sentul Train Station instead. At the Sentul Station, I took the train to Batu Caves (only four stations away) for a meager 3 Malaysian Ringgit (approximately Php 40).

From the Batu Caves Train Station, the Batu Caves Shrine is a mere 10-minute walk. Devotees may buy flowers to serve as offering from a number of vendors just outside the gate of Batu Caves.

Flower vendors outside Batu Caves
Flower vendors outside Batu Caves
The Batu Caves Main Gate
The Batu Caves Main Gate
Batu Caves at sunrise
Batu Caves at sunrise

I arrived at the shrine’s parking lot before sunrise and was allowed to fly my drone by the park’s security on duty. Personally, I really prefer flying outside peak hours to avoid big crowds. I also kept my distance to avoid getting in the way of a huge flock of pigeons in the area.

Batu Caves early in the morning.
Batu Caves early in the morning
Huge flock of pigeons in Batu Caves
Huge flock of pigeons in Batu Caves
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Pigeons pigeons everywhere. I kept my distance when flying my drone to avoid getting in the way.

Below is a 60-second video that I prepared featuring Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

For better viewing, you may also watch the Youtube video below instead:

272 steps to Batu Caves
272 steps to Batu Caves

After flying my drone, it was time to climb 272 steps to get to Batu Caves. Batu Caves is located about 100 meters above ground. At the foot of the staircase is the the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity.

The world's tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity
The world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, can be found in Batu Caves.

Monkeys darted and congregated on the steps on the way up. I was cautioned by one of the visitors to be very careful and to keep an eye on my mobile phone and other belongings. The monkeys are notorious for “stealing” the visitor’s belongings just out of curiosity.

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There are souvenir shops near the entrance of Batu Caves. They sell religious artifacts and mementos.

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Inside Batu Caves is a temple cave featuring various Hindu shrines and characters. The interior is so huge. It looked like a giant carved a cathedral out of the belly of the mountain.

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Me overwhelmed inside Batu Caves, one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India. It is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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After taking photos and being mesmerized by the sheer grandeur of the Batu Caves Shrine, it was time to leave and catch the next bus and train to the city. People were also starting to pour in.

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Before leaving the shrine, I had a quick snack at an eatery inside the park. I had my favorite LiqaLic by MFruits and tried Black Currant Fruit Drink by Ribena. Click here to know more about how much I love MFruits’ LiqaLic.

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I had a great time visiting Batu Caves. I got to fly my drone and got a good workout from climbing up and down a flight of stairs, 272 steps to be exact. Signing out for now. Peace!