Prelude to summer: Sample Room BBQ

15 March 2015

The sun has started rising earlier and setting later than it used to do these past couple of months; summer is here! We only get two seasons here in the Philippines and I'm Team Summer all the way. To welcome this season, Sample Room treated us to a super fun BBQ and pool party at Wilson's Place in Tagaytay yesterday!

Sample Room family
Traffic was bad but it didn't dampen our spirits. My twinnie/ photo-partner for the day Tellie and I took a nap for a bit but was back to our chatty selves in no time. After a little delay, we finally reached our destination. I googled the venue before we went, and I saw that Wilson's Place is pretty on its own. But the Sample Room went the extra mile (as always!) and decorated it so nicely!

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Sidenote: Maybe a little TMI, but I got my period on the way. I was already expecting it but thought it would be delayed by at least a day! I was so upset because I really wanted to swim, but thank God for tampons. It was my first time to use one and it was a life-changing experience! 

It was not that cold but there was a cool breeze throughout the day. The sun was pretty strong though, so we made sure we loaded up on SPF.

Pool party essentials: towels and Belo SunExpert products!
The Belo SunExpert Body Shield SPF60, Belo SunExpert Face Cover SPF40, and Belo SunExpert Transparent Mist SPF50 have Cell Protect ® formula, the natural cell shield that that helps prevent premature skin-aging and strengthens the skin's defense system against age-accelerating UV rays. I haven't pinpointed which one exactly, but I am allergic to a sunscreen ingredient as some sunscreen brands irritate my skin and give me rashes. I haven't experienced this with Belo SunExpert though, so it is one of my favorite SPF brands. I also love that these are water-resistant, paraben-free, lightweight, takes effect immediately upon application, hypoallergenic, and dermatologist-tested. For those of you who love Belo SunExpert as much as I do, I'm happy to tell you that they have added a new product to the family: the Belo SunExpert Ultragentle Sheer Spray SPF50! It's a specially formulated sunscreen that is gentle enough for kids yet effective and strong enough to protect everyone in the family. It also doesn't leave a white cast and it gives wearers a beautiful glow. The new Belo SunExpert Ultragentle Sheer Spray SPF50 will be coming with me when I go to the beach next weekend.

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More photos!

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The girls of Sample Room: Nats, Sophie, Kath, and Diana
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I wouldn't have had as much fun if it weren't for my twinnie Tellie!
Advanced happy birthday to us!
I was SO happy to be in a swimsuit and in water again. Aside from the fun company, underwater shoot, and the unforgettable Tampon Incident, what made the Sample Room BBQ more memorable for me was the FOOD. We were fed a LOT, it's no wonder I had a hard time sucking my stomach in for photos, LOL. That apple crumble is going to haunt my dreams for a long time. ♡

Of course, I'd also like to thank Sample Room and its partner brands for our massive loot. I took all of these home:

Thank you Belo SunExpert, Atlas Towels, Fresh Look, Henry's Camera, Jean and Rosz, Nekkid Manila, Orly, Sac People, Fujifilm, and Zenutrients!
I can feel it: this is going to be one exciting summer! And I haven't even blogged about our Balesin trip yet. Thank you so much to my Sample Room family for this awesome getaway! And for not making a fuss when we had to go back for my Kindle. I love you guys!


  1. I had a lot of fun with you, Twinnie <3 This was such an awesome trip, I'm still on a high, waaaaa!

  2. Me, too Twinnie! Sana maulit soon! <3


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