Kruger Park, South Africa | #CatCarlTravels

If you were to ask me which part of our South African adventure I loved the most, I would easily answer that it was being at Kruger Park. Being in nature in its rawest form was extremely powerful and the long hours on game drive to witness the animals in their natural habitat felt very meditative.

We spent three nights and four days at Kruger Park and stayed at the charming Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge, a very small (only 6 rooms) game lodge 2 hours from the closest gate to enter Kruger from Johannesburg. The beauty of staying in such a small lodge was that we had the entire place to ourselves and the staff were so kind and treated us like guests in their home, spoiling us every step of the way. Where else can you be lounging by the pool and the waiter begs you to let him make you a drink, free of charge!

We would wake up at 5AM every day to head out on our early morning game drives from 530AM till 9AM. These were some of the coldest times, but it was worth it to see the animals while they were still active.

A lot of you have been asking questions about the game drives, so I’m going to share some helpful tips at the bottom of this post:

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Book Review: I Wish They Taught Money in School & Money Grows On Trees


I remember the day I opened a bank account so clearly. I was 14 years old and had been stashing all my extra money from my allowance in a drawer in a desk in my room. And our helper, Nisa, who has been with my family till this day, said that I had enough to open a bank account and should talk to my mom about it.

Nisa certainly knew something that I didn’t, because she herself has worked hard and saved to have her own home and her own car, which she drives to work at my parents place every day.

But to go back to the story, my mom and I went straight to the bank that week where I opened an account that has been my account till today. My formula has always been to put more in than I take out annually, but that simple way of thinking isn’t enough to make my money grow for me. I’m happy to report that there are now books to help you invest your money properly and how to make it reach its full potential.


I Wish They Taught Money in School is a no-nonsense financial advice book by two friends Sharon Que and Clarissa Seriña-De La Paz that teaches you how to make your money grow based on their own smart business or employee practices. This book was launched in 2013 and made it to National Bookstore’s Top Best Sellers list for five consecutive months.


Written in two perspectives, one from an employee standpoint I Wish They Taught Money in School: So I’m Not Dependent on my Paycheck and another from an entrepreneur’s I Wish They Taught Money in School: So I Can Start My Own Business Right Away, the “book seeks to educate Filipinos of all ages on money matters like learning how to value money, how to make money work for you and to encourage budding entrepreneurs to start their business journey now.”


With such success from their first book, these wonder woman decided to help others even further by writing their second book Money Grows on Trees


From their own press kit, here is the reason why they decided to write this additional book:

“We wrote this book as a complement to our first one. In “I Wish They Taught Money In School,” we revealed how we handled our money, and gave tips on personal financing. We received an outpour of feedback from that, with many people eager to tell us how we have helped upgrade their lives; but many others asked for advice to figure out why they couldn’t seem to get out of a rut. It dawned on us that however many tips we shared or however many ways there are to become rich, it will not amount to much without the real prerequisite to wealth — a mindset of abundance. Once again, written in two perspectives, we share personal stories and our own money blueprint wishing to inspire our readers to learn more about money and up the notch of their financial literacy.” 

Here is some additional information about the authors:

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

We, Clarissa S. de la Paz and Sharon W. Que, started out as mentor and mentee, and progressed to being board game buddies that revealed our shared passion for spreading financial literacy and proper money management. We both believe that becoming a millionaire is not and should not be regarded as plain, wishful thinking but as something achievable — it can be done whether you are an employee or an entrepreneur.

CLARISSA SERIÑA-DE LA PAZ

Clarissa may not have a rags-to-riches story to tell, but she learned the value of money at a young age. Her parents’ upbringing played an integral role in instilling the proper values throughout her childhood. She is very fortunate to learn all of these from her parents unlike other children during her age. She was already budgeting and saving up as early as grade school. When she turned 12, the world of the stock market had been introduced to her. Normally, after graduation employment is the next step and Clarissa also chose to have a regular paycheck. This is a normal practice like to many other Filipinos; but unlike others, she knew that monthly wages alone did not equate to financial stability. Clarissa’s interests in investment strengthened her financial literacy. She may not have the formal training but her passion to investment drove her to learn more in a cellular level. She believes that “If you work for money 8 hours a day, your money should work for you 24 hours a day.”

SHARON W. QUE

Sharon grew up in an environment where business was a way of life. She fondly recalls that she learned to write her name in the same area where her mom entertained business clients and guests. She was bitten by the business bug at the age of 10, when she was asked to help with the accounting of her family’s business. Her fascination for money management began when she held bank checks for the first time, and it thrilled her. For Sharon, she knew that being the COO (Child of Owner) was not her ultimate end. Ultimately, she wanted to independently earn her million by daring into her own business ventures. Sharon has established a number of successful businesses, from realty to lifestyle projects. She acknowledges that her victories are products of hard work and a clear vision on goals. Sharon likes to teach money awareness to those who wants to manage money and who wishes to learn about financial freedom. Sharon believed that going into business can be difficult for first timers, but once the right foundations have been set, anyone can earn money without actively working for it in the long run.


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Calyxta.Com’s Color Me Gorgeous Event

Last week, a few friends and I were invited to Calyxta‘s Color Me Gorgeous event at the very cute Early Night? in BGC. Calyxta.com is my favorite online store and magazine for all things beauty related! I’ve been a proud supporter of this site since its lovely beginnings a few years ago!

The star of the event was none other than master makeup artist (and super hottie) Jigs Mayuga who did a number of makeup looks showcasing his beauty look predictions for Fall/Winter 2017.

Here are some snaps from the event, where there were games, raffles, and chances to find your perfect shade in an assortment of gorgeous products.

Here is Jigs in action during the makeup demos:

Here are the looks Jigs showed us:

Ethereal: Strobing is definitely hotter than contouring right now and here are the products you can use from Calyxta to achieve this look.

SIMPLE HYDRATING LIGHT MOISTURIZER
SIMPLE MICELLAR WATER
MILANI CONCEAL + PERFECT 2-IN-1 FOUNDATION + CONCEALER
MAYBELLINE FACE STUDIO V-FACE STROBING CREAM
MAYBELLINE FACE STUDIO V-FACE STROBING STICK
MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL BIG EYES BLOOM MASCARA

Just Kissed Lips: A darker shade in the middle blended with a lighter shade on the sides. Jigs recommends using your fingers to perfectly blend everything together.

Products used: 

PIXI GET THE LOOK – ITSLIPTIME
MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL BIG EYES BLOOM MASCARA

Reinvented Smokey Eye: This one would look beautiful on chinita eyes. A winged smokey that actually isn’t too scary. Jigs says the secret is symmetry and proper blending.

Products used: 

EYE OF HORUS PALETTE in Sekhmet Smokey Goddess
EYE OF HORUS LIQUID DEFINE EYE LINER BLACK
MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL BIG EYES BLOOM MASCARA

Straight Brows: Brows are all the rage these days. Jigs says the secret to feathering your brows is using a spool brush. He also prefers a rounded end rather than a square on in your thicker side.

Products used: 

MALISSA KISS SUPER SHAPE ULTRA HD BROW PENCIL in Mocha
MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL BIG EYES BLOOM MASCARA

Pop of Color: Jigs says he loves how he’s seeing more ladies play with color on their eyes rather than the standard browns or grays. He showed us how to do an ombre gradiant on the eyes. I have to also add that Jigs only did one eyelid (the right one) while a student did the other side. You can tell a master’s hand a mile away.

Products used:

EYE CANDY EYESHADOW PALETTE in Eye Candy 1
MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL BIG EYES BLOOM MASCARA

Here’s cutie pie Patty Laurel-Filart during the event. This photo was too cute to not share.

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