What I’m about to blog is something that I try to steer away from – because it just brings back all the bad memories. But with everything that’s happening on social media, I honestly can’t just not say anything anymore.

Couple of weeks ago, I watched a viral ad campaign from Maxi-Peel Wag Mong Isuko Ang Laban (if you haven’t seen it yet – click here). I dont know about you guys but when I watch videos online, I always check the comments section. And wow, some of the comments were super rude.

Growing up, I was bullied so much that made my whole personality change. I was tall for my age and most of my neighbors were short – so they would call me “kapre” and guys, if you’re a young kid, this would really hit your confidence badly. It has been years I know but it still pains me to realize how mean and bad some people can be. Like seriously, what did your parents even teach you??? Anyway, because of this, I would often slouch so that my height won’t be too obvious – I’m 5’6 now in case you’re wondering. PLEASE NEVER SLOUCH GUYS – ITS BAD FOR YOUR POSTURE AND NOT GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH. I wish I never listened to these bullies tbh, or wish that I had a better environment (or wish that their parents would have told them off) I can only hope that their future kids wont endure what they did to me.

It wasn’t just my height, you know? I have PCOS and my hormones were so erratic that I had cystic acne until college. I can feel people just staring at my face and not really paying attention to what I’m talking about. I lost a couple of opportunities too because of it. This gave me so much anxiety and I tried almost everything to get rid of it (this is why I take so much care of my skin now because I don’t want this to happen all over again).

So reading the comments and saying that the video was OA, etc. I guess those people never really experienced what those women are going through. It is true though, how you react to what other people are saying about you depends on your personality. (One of my childhood friends is gay and he would be receiving unwanted comments from the same people who calls me kapre but he takes it lightly). But you have to understand that, if you constantly hear bad things around you – it can really affect you negatively. Not everyone can be strong all the time, we all have our weaknesses.

I read a comment that the four women are all models and that it is all fake (prosthetics to look like they have acne/pimples) – WRONG. These are all testimonials of REAL WOMEN (Kata San Mateo, Andrea Roces, Angeline Carandang, Joepy Libo-on).

I met them last week and was able to talk to them – they are all Maxi-Peel users and they are brave enough to share their journey on social media. I really applaud them for coming out like this because it takes a lot of courage to talk about what is bothering you and how you really feel about it.

A lot of people can never understand how traumatic some experiences can be – and I wish people are kinder and considerate.

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LONG CAPTION BUT IT'S WORTH IT ♥️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What you see on social media is not 100% accurate – like for me, I don’t post everything that goes into my life (yes believe it or not haha) What I choose to post is probably 10% of real life and of course, I’d always post the good stuff not because I want to mislead people but it’s a way for me to remind myself that no matter what I’m going through, the rough patches that I’m trying to fix – something amazing is still happening in my life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The thing about rebuilding yourself is that you have to be consistent. Life’s tough but remind yourself that you are tougher – this is what I constantly tell myself because for some reason, there are times that I find myself back to square one. And that’s the sad truth. I have to be patient not just with people around me but also with myself because changes don’t just happen overnight (I seriously wish we all have a fairy godmother who can magically solve our problems). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve gotten so messy with my life that I genuinely do not know where to start and I thank the Universe for people who are still by my side, still rooting for me even though I’ve disappointed them so many times. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So for now, I’ll keep learning things about myself (like the fact that I’m an Empath), continue this language upskill (I’ve changed my phone’s language to Spanish – talk about dedication), finish all my certification courses (so I can start with new ones), finish websites, update portfolio (this is turning into a to-do list already haha!), and more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You don’t see all the struggles of a person because they don’t post it online – so please remember to always be kind and considerate. Most importantly, don’t assume that their social media life is their real life✨

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I also salute Maxi-Peel for having a campaign that I consider timeless and relatable. This won’t be just one video, guys. Check the social media page of Maxi-Peel because they will show the skin progress. But please keep in mind that the focus here is not just to remove the pimples or have better skin – the real purpose is empowerment. To boost their self-belief and overall confidence. It is all about facing challenges, one at a time and knowing that it is just a phase.

Remember, if you are going through some hardships right now, you can get past this. Don’t quit and never stop trying to be the best that you can. I know it can be hard and tough but always find something to look forward to ❤