Jewel of Thailand

THE INSPIRATION: Thailand 2016. I was inspired by the bold beauty of #MissUniverse @namtanlitaa, the glamour and recognition for trans of @missinternationalqueen, the eco-friendly cultural music fest i attended last Feb in #Pattaya, and my fav Asian beauty blogger, @pearypie of Bangkok.

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KEY TECHNIQUES (Soft sexy smokey eyes): Create High thick brows with upward tail (as seen in most Thai celebs). Focus on brightening inner corner of the eye with primer and light pigments, and contouring the outer corner to make eyes look sexy and open. Use glitters on inner upper and lower parts of the eye. Use thick lashes and light contact lens to soften the look.

GET THE LOOK: Used mainly Cathy Doll products for this tutorial and review. The products below have amazing pigments, innovative formulas and ease of use. You can see from the pigment from the swatches and how there were no-minimal fall outs. Cathy Doll Sculpting Highlight & Shading Cushion SPF 50 in 01 Cathy Doll 3D Face Forward Nefertiti Contour Kit Cathy Doll Nude Me Smoky 01 and Pink Champagne Eyeshadow Cathy Doll Eyebrowcara in Milk Chocolate (MY FAV) Cathy Doll Nude Me Liquid Lip Matte in Rose Embroidery (love the flexi wand, perfect for lining/contouring the lip)

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Iridescent Girl Power

The second day of #Wonderfruitmusicfestival is the main attraction and I decided to wear something feminine, flattering to my body shape, yet strong and trendy. I also wore one of my favorite purchases this year from one brand I discovered on IG: an iridescent ‘Girl Power’ earrings from shopnin3.com (via Style Importers), which just speak so much to me as a trans woman, especially during international women’s month. I just love all the earring designs that they curate and I wanna purchase more (esp for that sticker label that says ” Make Yourself Hard to Kill”). They create strong designs for strong women and celebrate anyone who chooses to stray from the norm.

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More Than A Festival

Wonderfruit Festival, Thailand’s pioneering globally conscious, cross-cultural live celebration of art, music and life, today revealed what is in store for Wonderers in The Fields this year. Built on six unique pillars, Wonderfruit is more than a festival, but rather a journey that begins the moment you enter The Fields at Siam Country Club. This year, the site will be transformed into an experiential playground packed with 60+ music acts from all over the globe, 20+ stunning art installations and dazzling theatrical performances, 55 exquisite gastronomic delights, 30+ engaging talks & workshops, 35+ wellness & adventures offerings, plus plenty of interactive activities for the whole family – all intertwined to create an immersive experience for Wonderers.

Since its inception, Wonderfruit has always thrived to bring a diverse, genre-bending lineup of live performers that span the musical spectrum, and this year is no exception with numerous musical acts from around the world.

The Living Stage will be home to notable and diverse mainstage acts from head bangers like Rudimental, ​famous for their heavy hitting beats and Young Fathers​, a hip-hop trio from Scotland, to the eclectic likes of Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra ​with their mesmerizing blend of live orchestral and electronic music, Shura​, famous for her new wave synthesized sounds and soothing vocals and Grammy nominated singer, Lianne La Havas.​

Those not ready to call it a night, will most likely end up at The Quarry​, Wonderfruit’s legendary after party destination. Get ready to dance till you drop to genre-defying sounds by Simian Mobile Disco and ​the distinctive tunes of European electronica by Yaya​; or brace yourselves for some heavy hitting techno by Nicole Moudaber ​and a dark, hardware-only live set from Headless Horseman​.

Those who just woke up or haven’t slept yet, can climb up the Solar Stage​, at the highest point of The Fields, built by Gregg Fleishman​, who’s known for his creations at Burning Man, to catch unforgettable sunrise scenes.

The Solar Stage will host the performances from Eric Volta​, Sabo​, YokoO and sunrise yoga with Liv Lo and Rosemary, while sunset performances will be hosted by Wolf + Lamb​, Norman Jay MBE​, KMLN​, Marc Antona​, Akimbo​ and more. Farm Stage​, another must-see this year, will see acts like Buke and Gase, Superglasses Ska Ensemble, Yena, Sahai Hang Sailom, Srirajah Rockers, At Adau, Nang Talung Sakon Dharma and more.​ Listen to the Wonderfruit Playlist and know what you’re in store for.

Wonderers are also in for a treat as Forbidden Fruit hosts Wonderfruit’s first ever gay party on Friday night. “Adam and Steve​” features Thailand’s premier drag queen, the inimitable Pangina Heals, ​who’ll delight revelers with her “waacking” performances, outrageous entertainment and plenty of surprises. The appropriately fabulous venue will also be the setting for irresistible music from Luna City Express​, Noxro​ and Uone​ throughout Wonderfruit.

The Rainforest Pavilion ​is ​where Scratch Talks will take place during the day. Get inspired by the talks from Trash Hero Thailand,​ the man behind Indonesian unicorn app GO-JEK and more. At night, the Pavilion ​will delight Wonderers with some techno beats from Agent H, Alex Joy, Cabbit, Zig Zach, Fadi Alurk, Gary Hutchings, Halim Ardie, small&Tall Soundsystem featuring Swamy and David Brabbins​ and others.

But as Virginia Woolf said in her seminal essay, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Wonderers need not worry as food is another integral element of the Wonderfruit experience and the choices are plentiful. Grab European fare from Marcel​, Thyme and Peppina and sushi from Morimoto – some of Bangkok’s hottest restaurants, or indulge in your favourite street food and keep breakfast going all day long at Rocketfruit​.

Wonder Feasts​, are also back, offering a luxurious communal outdoor dining experience where food and entertainment are in ample supply, and wine flows freely, courtesy of Italasia​. Returning for the second time in two years, maestro of progressive Indian cuisine, Gaggan Anand is throwing a feast with the help of his friend Chef Daniel Chavez of Ola in Singapore. Expect fire-grilled barbecue delights, Peruvian ceviche and other delicacies. Wonderers with a taste for the fare from acclaimed Bangkok restaurants Appia ​and Soul Food Mahanakorn should join chefs Paolo Vitaletti and Jarrett Wrisley as the duo teams up for a reggae brunch. If you are feeling peckish during the day, let Chef Jeriko of Cocotte ​serve you a mouth-watering farm-to-table banquet of dishes from fresh, organic and seasonal products. Those who are looking for something out of the ordinary should check out F.A.C.T. Collective​’s feast, at which chefs Khanaporn “Oom” Janjirdsak and Panupon “Black” Bulsuwan will serve unique dishes that combine the flavours of northern and southern Thai cuisines. (Note: Seat capacity for all Wonder Feasts is limited. More information on pre-booking will be available soon)

Additionally, Wonderers can expect a range of experiences that encourage exploration, creativity and collaboration thanks to SC Asset​, who bring The Sharing Neighbourhood ​back to The Fields, including a new treat for this year – Breakfast for Good Mornings – a truly Thai-style start to the day at Wonderfruit. The Molam Bus Project by Jim Thompson Art Centre is also back by popular demand and will offer Wonderers a chance to experience the authentic culture of Thailand’s north-eastern region Isaan, including music courtesy of All Thidsa and Pimjai Pechpralanchai.​ Don’t forget to check out the Wonder Salon ​by TAT for a Wonderfruit “makeover”, relax in The Ziggurat​, an upcycled-design beer garden by Singha​, or get more intimate and cosy inside Moon Shack by Sangsom.

Apart from talks & workshops, Wonderfruit is also a place where you can strengthen your body and mind through a range of wellness & adventure ​activities. Shed some sweat and try belly dance, body combat and Zumba with the team from GuavaFruit, ​a collaboration of Wonderfruit and GuavaPass​; practice different styles of yoga with international experts, ​and take part in meditation, healing and dance sessions. If you come as a family, stop by Camp Wonder, ​which ​will be jam-packed ​with fun activities to keep the whole family busy.

As well as sustainable, Wonderfruit is also big on technology and safety. The event is completely cashless ​and all Wonderers will receive an RFID wristband, making paying easier and eliminating the need to worry about the safety of your wallet. The wristbands, courtesy of Bangkok Bank​, can be topped up at stations around the festival.

Wonderfruit takes place at The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya from 16 to 19 February 2017. Four-day passes can currently be purchased at 6,600+ when “PHILTCM” code is used for 15% discount. Visit Wonderfruit’s website for more information on securing your tickets, travel, and accommodations.

Photos: Wonderfruit Festival

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Welcome to Pattaya, Thailand

I got really curious about Pattaya City when I watched the documentary “Ladyboys”so when I visited again Thailand, and explored this so called “ladyboy capital of the world”. Pattaya is southeast of Bangkok (around 2 hours travel time via bus or taxi/van which would cost around 2000 baht).

The Pattaya Beach is one of Asia’s largest beach resorts and is a very popular attraction in Thailand

It was my first experience to a Thai beach because I’ve never been to Phuket which I plan on going to as well, but I think that the city is really where I got interested in.

We arrived in the afternoon at around 4pm so we didn’t do much in the beach. It’s quite populated with a lot of tourists and farangs (term for their foreigners working in the country) .

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The nearby restaurants, establishments and attractions are really unique and interesting to Pattaya city. There are a lot of food choices, pubs, shopping areas that are along the main streets.

We stayed in Hotel Vista which my cousin and Tito who often go to Bangkok. They knew about this hotel when they were shopping near the Platinum Mall – they also have one there. The hotel is really neat and luxurious at a very affordable price (around 2500 baht per night for two people). The service is also very good especially because it is partly owned by a Filipino and it employs fellow Pinoy chefs, hotel managers and assistants. 🙂

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The hotel has a clean pool and very relaxing and modern feel. What I also like with the hotel is that it is not so far from the Pattaya bay area which is the main attraction really (you can just walk or take a tuktuk).

Moreover, the restaurant and gastro bar inside it look beautiful, with different food and beverage choices. They serve mostly seafood and dishes that are quite Filipino (because their head chef is)

During my stay at the hotel, I took the time for some OOTD’s. I brought comfortable clothes because I knew that it was going to be very hot and humid there (March – June)  because of its wet and dry tropical climate.

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The next day, we asked our fellow kababayans who work for the hotel about the city attractions. I like that the hotels have good connections with the tours in the city. They arranged our transportation and bookings to the famous spots there.

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We went to the Nong Nooch Botanical Garden which is an affordable yet leading tourist attraction in Southeast of Thailand.

It’s a man-made garden that showcases a lot of things about Thai culture. The tour in this place could take around 1-2 hours, also because there are cultural shows that feature Thai traditional dances and performances (like Muay Thai).  There are elephant shows too, photo op’s with costume rentals, food trippin’ feat. famous local delicacies and street food and a lot more. There’s a time limit when you do via the tours, and I felt like I haven’t explored and watched much hehe. I highly recommend this place for tourists, especially those who are first timers in Pattaya, or even Thailand in general.

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I got super tired from the tour (Part 2 feauturing the ladyboys here) that I wasn’t able to go to the famous Walking Street of Pattaya. The city is one that I would recommend for adventures and a busier beach life.

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