Going Organic

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I've been buying organic products lately. It started with me liking an organic hair color. You see I do root dye once a month and I just can't afford not using an organic one. I am just too scared that I'd wake up one day with my hair all gone. And since I am now into organic stuff, I see to it that most of what I use are all organic. But if it is something that I can't afford, of course I won't use it. Anyway let me tell you about Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap. This is certified by the USDA, and their soaps are free of chelating agents, dyes, whiteners and synthetic fragrances. No wonder their products are always out of stock.

They have another product which I really like to have. Since I am fond of scented candles, I want one of their Paddywax. If only I can have all their scents then I would be very happy. Before I forget, let me share with you that these product is eco friendly meaning they are committed to conserving the planet's resources.

I want to try this much talk about Pre De Provence. It's a body care product from France. It's made from the purest botanical essences harvested in Provence. I wonder how effective their shea butter soap is. I want to let my son use it because he's got really sensitive skin.


See You Again!

Friday, October 29, 2010

I met with a cousin-in-law a few days back. We haven't seen her in a long time because she lives in the US. The last time we saw her was at her wedding which she opted to do here. Anyway I was really happy to see her. We reconnected via facebook and it was nice keeping in touch with her once again. She's really a sweet girl. We got one of her thank you cards. She just thanked us for taking time out to have dinner with her. Sweet girl indeed. She plans to have another vacation but prolly in two years time. See you again!


Bags Aren't Packed Yet

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The passports of the kids will be released today. I hope I don't have to go thru the same line and I hope that it will not take me 3 hours just like when we applied 2 weeks ago. I hope too that everything is ok because I can't afford to wait for more working days, I just can't. Why can't we have a more systematic way of getting a passport? If some countries can do it, why can't we? Why do we need to pay for extra fee just to expedite the release? Can they not make it standard that we can get it at the same day we applied? Hope someone from the government hears me and the rest of the filipino people.


Zenni At It's Best

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Have you visited Zenni lately? If you still haven't, Check out Zenni's New Site!. Aside from that, they lowered their prices too. Yeah I know, they offer the lowest price when it comes to Rx glasses and yet they still lowered it. It used to be $8 but it has gone down already. Check out ZenniOptical $6.95 Rx Glasses. Awesome, isn't it? There's one more thing. They added a new feature in their website. Presenting! Zenni now has the best tryon: Frame Fit All you need to do is upload your own photo and tada, you will find out instantly if the frame you've chosen fits you! Now do you still need more reasons to go check out their website?


Temporary Blinds

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I know I've said this before. Seriously I really want to shift from curtains to blinds. I haven't really paid much attention to it until I remembered that this was what I wanted a few months back. I started looking around and I was fortunate to have come across these cheap blinds. It's kinda temporary though, but that will do at the moment. It's something I need actually since it will not require tools to install. I know, you think I am kidding, but I am not. This is how these cheap window blinds work. Like I've said it's temporary. All you need to do is peel off the adhesive strips and tada you have instant blinds. Cool isn't it? You can even do it by yourself since it's not complicated as it doesn't need any tools. I didn't know that this was possible until I saw it. Anyway, these cheap blackout blinds really caught my attention. I need it badly since I want to keep sunlight out of my daughter's room. If I do this, I can save up on electricity because it will help reduce the heat in her room. I wonder when I will be able to do this. I hope soon since this is very convenient. There is really no reason to postpone this anymore.


Cookie Day

We had time to bake some cookies. The kids didn't have school. We decided to make 3 batches. First batch was done by Josh, of course with my help since it was his first time. He wanted to use the mixer but I didn't allow it. He has to do it manually so it's going to be a memorable first. It turned out ok, in fact it tasted good. Next batch was done by Ish. I left her to do it by herself since she had baking lessons one summer already. I had to rescue because she didn't do it right. Anyway I reminded her the proper way to do it. It turned out ok too. Then came my batch. I was already tired at this time because I had to help them, plus the fact that I had to prepare dinner. We had baked ribs, french fries, salad with ranch dressing and mushroom soup with barley. Again the family can never thank me enough for preparing such treat.


Girlie The Body Builder =)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I'm working on my weight right now. I have a lot of problem areas and I want to turn the flabs into muscles. Aside from my daily aerobics, I lift weights at least once a week. But it's not enough. I want to build muscle fast. What do I do? Do you have any suggestions? Maybe I should add one more day of lifting weights, or probably increase the weights I'm lifting. Gah why am I so lazy when it comes to the floor and weights? All I want to do is dance but I can't really achieve everything just by dancing. Hhhmmm, think, think, think! Maybe I should seek the help of a trainor, maybe I can go into body building. Haha my imagination is way too funny, no way!


Acne Treatment for You and Me

Have you noticed that I have been talking about a particular subject quite a few times within the month? Now does that make me an expert when it comes to the subject? I really do not know the answer to that, but I think in my own little way I have learned. Yes I am talking about acne. I had acne, my son has acne. I think salicylic acid acne was part of both our treatment. I heard it from the doctor quite a few times so I assume he has been using that to treat our pimples/acne. It's effective based on experience, my treatment went well. The son's treatment is also going well. Oh this reminds me to set an appointment with the dermatologist, but before that I need to get it done with the dentist first.


It's What I Want for Christmas

My oh my! I am not even done with Christmas shopping yet. I hope to finish it by next week. I only have a few items left to buy. I went to the mall on a weekday so as expected there were only a few shoppers. This one doesn't happen though if it's near Christmas already. Everyone is in a rush and this is the scene I hate most. I don't want to stand in line for an hour just to be able to pay. So normally I do my Christmas shopping early. Oh I saw this easter gift for mom and I am hoping that I get it for Christmas. You see Easter is not really that big here, so no one is expected to give a present or something. Hopefully the daughter reads this, this is already a clue on what I want for Christmas Ichiko!


I Want a Plaid Shirt

I so wanted this plaid shirt. Forever21 had a 3-day sale and I thought this was part of the sale. I got disappointed because it wasn't. It wasn't really expensive but I don't know why I didn't buy it. Probably because I was expecting to pay it at 20% off. Now it keeps coming back, the image keeps coming back. I want to head out to the shop to buy it. Oh now I remember, I didn't get it too because of the long line at the counter. I won't spend an hour just to pay for a shirt which is not even discounted. Ok Sunday I can't wait for you!


Cabinet Door Project

Up until now I am still fond of reading Home magazines. It's probably because I am not yet satisfied with the interior of our home. I can't do much really because of limited funds, if you know what I mean. I still have 2 kids in school and they are our priority. Anyway, it's a good thing that I was able to make sure that everything we liked was followed when we were building this house where we are staying now. To start off, I made sure that this was the kind of kitchen cabinet doors used. Like I always mentioned, I had a hand at designing my kitchen. I wasn't doing anything but leaf through pages of home magazine just to put together the kitchen design that I want. I also had a hand at all our cabinet doors. I am really very thankful that these details were all followed. Others may think that I was being too much, but then again it's us staying in this house. I bet you'd do the same thing too. It's suppose to be a dream house so make it happen. Do you agree? Ok on with the story. I just want to let you know that I also picked unfinished cabinet doors. Unfinished simply because we had to do the varnish and stuff. We also wanted this particular color and particular finish. Everything turned out the way we wanted.


Acne Treatment

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Since I have talked about acne countless times in this blog, I went ahead and search for acne treatments that work. It can get frustrating having acne even at my age. I know I am not the only one and those ones who still gets acne can identify to how I feel. The search is endless actually. Other treatment works, others don't. I think it depends on the body chemistry for treatments to work. Therefore I can say to each his own. I wish you luck in finding the perfect treatment for your acne.



The daughter is into vintage clothing now and she goes gaga over them. So where do I bring her? I heard that there are vintage clothing in Bambang, so I brought her there. True enough there's this old man who sells 60s and 70s clothes. She was able to find/buy at least 4 pieces. She could have gotten more, but it was too hot in there and she got lazy to go through all of the stocks. She plans to wear them at PFW (Philippine Fashion Week).

Oh just to let you know, I was able to buy a denim dress for P75 which is similar to what Julia Roberts wore in one of the scenes in her movie Eat, Pray and Love. Teehee!

Photo grabbed from Buttons and Bows


Acne at 44, Oh No!

Friday, October 15, 2010

I already had my acne treated twenty years ago. I thought I won't be having it anymore especially with my age now. Goodness I'm in my 40s and still getting acne. It sucks if you only know. Acne is suppose to be for teenagers only, well that's humble opinion but NO, people in their 40s get it too. I think it's called adult acne. I know there are treatments available, but sometimes I get lazy and most of the time I forget. Yeah it's my own doing why I have acne well aside from hormonal imbalance probably.


So You're Getting Married?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

We were invited to dinner the other Sunday. One of the husband's nephew arrived from Hong Kong where he is now based. He writes for Time magazine. Anyway during dinner, the other nephew announced that he just got engaged. The ring he gave looked like one of these engagement rings. It was really very pretty and I found the design unique. It looked simple yet very elegant. Of course the bride to be was proud to wear it. They don't have a date set for the wedding yet, but I feel that it's going to be soon. I am now imagining the kind of wedding bands they will be using. For sure it's going to be as beautiful as the engagement ring, if not more beautiful. I wonder if they are going to choose something from these diamond wedding bands collection. When I saw the collection, the first thing that came to mind was getting married again. Hhhhmmm, before you think of anything else, it's gonna be our 25th wedding anniversary soon. How soon is soon? Seven years? Is that soon enough for you? I think yes, time flies fast and before you know it, it's time to renew our vows already.


Passport Renewal

Went to Department of Foreign Affairs to renew the kids' passports. I scheduled our appointment online which was today at 3:30 pm. We were asked to be at the gate at 3:00 pm. I was surprised to see plenty of people, I thought I wouldn't see this much crowd because of the appointment system. Turned out there were 300 more applicants ahead of us. We waited patiently for 3 hours, can you imagine that? Good thing I picked 3:30, which wasn't as hot anymore. The line starts outside the building and you stay there for about 30 minutes. There were kids who got cranky already. Just some tip, don't bring kids if you're not applying passports for them, just leave them with your lovedones because it takes that long to get a passport.


My First Motorcycle Ride

I still vividly remember. I was 12 years old when I had my first motorcycle ride. It was almost midnight, my last day from that place because we were moving the following day. I remember it being awful. I was not even wearing one of these motorcycle helmets. I know I am crazy, it's a good thing I didn't meet an accident at that time, if not I can never forgive myself for being stupid. You know how 12 year olds are, they just do what they think is fun. Yeah I know riding the motorcycle was fun. I wanted to try it very much. I also liked the outfit that went with it. Of course I was excited to learn, and the motorcycle boots, I wanted to own one. Yeah more than the ride it was the outfit. I think the ride was just secondary. I'm crazy right? But then I didn't like it. I got the biggest scare of my life. I wasn't probably ready at that time, it was nauseating that I was screaming my lungs out. The guy probably noticed that I was so scared that he made the ride all the more scary, like he was at some race or something. Really I couldn't forget that night. If I didn't get scared, I'd probably be wearing one of these nolan helmets, since it's required by law to wear something like that when you are in a motorcycle. I had to overcome the fear. I tried riding again, and it was ok, this time I was the only one. It was a different thing, and I'm happy that I've conquered the fear. But honestly, I haven't conquered the fear of riding with someone in a motorcycle just yet.


My Men

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ok this is odd. I never really knew that men could be so particular about their underwear too. I thought it was just us, women. Or I guess I am just the one who thinks that they are not. You can't blame me because the man I married is not really particular and he leaves it up to me to purchase his underwear and all the things he needs actually. Oh I just remembered, I didn't buy his jockstraps because I don't have any idea what size I should get for him. Just a bit of information, they used to call jockstraps supporter. The husband needed it when he was still going to the gym. I think it's very important for men to be wearing this because it gives support and protection too. I wonder if my son would request me to buy such thing. For now not yet, because he is not into physical activities, no sports for him. But I'd like him to go into one so that he will lose weight. Last night we were talking and he mentioned that he wants to lose weight. I think I will enroll him in some package that will help him lose weight. Anyway going back to our topic, I can't imagine the husband wearing mens thongs, or any man for that matter. Again I thought women only wear thongs. Arrrggghh I should expose myself more, I'm so square! Or I should learn more about men and their whims. Agree?


My Louboutin

It's a pre-owned Christian Louboutin and yes I own it. I bought it from a thrift shop (ok i'm making it sound "sosyal"), your guess is right it's from ukay-ukay in Bambang! I'm lucky, right? Or are you just jealous? No I am not ashamed, I admit I can't afford a brand new Louboutin but it's nothing like I'm gonna die if I don't have one. I wasn't really planning on buying, but I saw it, in mint condition and I couldn't resist. So there, I'm a second hand owner of a Christian Louboutin, and yes it's authentic. I am a lucky girl, just be happy for me, OK?

And I had another purchase, yeah thrifted too...


So Who's Into Cigars?

Monday, October 11, 2010

There was a time when part of our work was to cover people who were into cigars. We would take photos of them in events sponsored by cigar makers. I just don't remember if they had fuente cigars at that time. It was too long ago to remember. We were just newly weds at that time and we are on our 18 year of marriage already. The husband got into it too, prolly he was convinced to shift from cigarettes to cigars. I was able to taste it too but really never got into it. The husband has stopped since then too. I think he would have tasted fuente if he didn't quit right away.


Learn From the Experts

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Gold is getting popular nowadays. Seems like everyone wants to invest in gold. I think it's a good idea since this has been going on for centuries already. To some, this is one way of preserving their wealth. Since everyone seems to be interested, I would suggest that you seek information from United States Gold Bureau especially if this is your first time. Don't be fooled a scammers out there. You know how it is in this internet age, you can easily be the target of swindlers so be careful. So if in case you decide to purchase a gold bar for a start, the United States Gold Bureau can help you out with this. They have the most accommodating experts who has been in this business for so long. They can be the best people who can give you the advice you need when it comes to your investment.


Divisoria Experience

Monday, October 04, 2010

I didn't like to leave the house after lunch today because the rain poured all of a sudden. You probably know by now that I don't like my feet getting wet. Anyway, when it stopped I put on my sneakers (just to be sure if it rains again) and left. The sun was again up, and at this point I was very happy. I went on to buy the stuff that I needed and when I was almost done, the rain started to fall. My oh my! I didn't have a choice but to walk under the rain. Never again will I do this! The smell was terrible, I almost fainted. I almost fainted too when I looked at my feet, there was mud all over, I even had it on my socks. I can imagine all the dirt and the bacteria getting into my skin. This will be the last time. If ever I'm caught in the rain again, I will have to wait for it to stop!


Get Rid of Toxins

Saturday, October 02, 2010

I haven't really thought of colon cleansing, probably because it is not big over here. But seeing the benefits it can give, I am now getting interested in it. Probably not for myself but more for a family member who gets constipated all the time. One of the reasons why a person gets constipated is the fact that the openings are slowly blocked by fecal matter which can turn into toxins. You know what toxin buildup can do to your health. But before anything else since this is new to me, I will have to read on colon cleanser reviews so that I would know which ones are effective and which ones are claiming to be effective but are not.

Oh, I can't stop myself from including weight loss as part of its benefits, teehee!


One of my BFFs

I met with my HS (1st year) bestfriend today. She is now based in Davao and I only saw her once after we parted ways in HS. We were classmates for only a year but I have grown to love her dearly. Thanks to Facebook that I was able to locate her. Good thing she had a scheduled trip to Manila to attend a conference so we grabbed the opportunity to see each other. She has not changed a bit. I remember her the same way, the same Mini. She still laughs a lot and listens a lot too, yeah I did the talking mostly. It's just sad that we are miles apart, but even though we are, the friendship remains and hasn't changed, the connection is still there.

But because I talked a lot, I forgot to take pictures. Arrrgggh, getting old!



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