Better Than Before: The Start

Better Than Before: The Start

I am not sure if you still count 28 as part of the quarter life crisis. Maybe, it’s more about adulting. As you get old, you have different priorities and having a family really does shake up things. My priorities are different from my single friends or even those who are married without children.

To be quite honest, I am in this confused state and a possible time for transition (I keep seeing 11.11 recently not because of the Singles’ Day). I have never been more confused on what I wanted to do. How do you handle maturity, destroy bad habits, create good ones and the likes.

The bookworm in me always checks out bookstores and I came across this book, “Better Than Before”. This books talks about habits what influences the person, etc. Why am I reading it? The main reason is that I am feel like I am a starter. Example, my goal is to start my skincare routine. I’ll start it today, maybe one or two days then, I will be lazy doing it. Same goes when I tried to exercise or doing a to-do list and blogging. Unless I am accountable for it or I don’t have a deadline, I’m not motivated enough.

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

So here I am writing about it because I feel like I want to be accountable. It may seem like I am writing a book report but I want to document my journey and realizations. So far, so good I’ve been answering some of the questions/tendencies. I’ll definitely share it to you on my next post.

Wish me luck!

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Head over Heels

Head over Heels

After around two years, I finally got a new pair of shoes. I’ve been interested with the new trend of having mid heels. Mid chunky heels look really comfortable especially if you are wearing it for the office. I have been looking online and I cam across this brand: amber.mnl. You can follow them on Instagram.

Amber MNL is a local brand which sources their shoes in Marikina. You have to talk about quality! It’s definitely legit.

I saw their posts were the Lexie is on sale. It’s a pair of two-toned flats. Love that it’s in neutral colors perfect for office and daily wear. But here’s my first choice, the Feline mid heel sandal.

There a bit mistrust in ordering shoes since I am scared that it won’t fit. So I inquired and the customer service is just brilliant! They answered all my inquiries and I’m sold. I placed my order and waited for the delivery.

I don’t have the photo of the box but if got a bit squished. According to the team, they are still working on the packaging. Maybe something a little sturdier but no worries since my order is intact.

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Lexie in Two-toned Cream Beige and Grey and Feline in Black

Quite a busy weekend for me thus I left my package in the office. I got to try my Feline pair yesterday and it was glorious. Unlike other sandals that are quite heavy it’s quite nice and light. The heel is just comfortable to walk around a floor or two. I even tested it out around the mall since I went out after office.

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On my feet, the Feline.

Today, I wore the Lexie and it’s perfect too. I love the silhouette since it’s a bit pointed it makes my feet look sexy. Definitely worth the every peso!

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Super comfy! Presenting Lexie.

I’m happy giving this local brand a try and definitely will do a repeat order. I just checked their site and they have a promo. It’s P100 off for Feline, Marla and Olivia until September 30. I hope I can order but that depends if my budget will pull through.

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Screenshot from instagram.com/amber.mnl

Their sizes range from 5-9, don’t hesitate to ask the page for questions too. They also have a physical store at Glorietta 4:¬†POP by Retail Lab, 2F, Glorietta 3, beside Adidas.

*This is not a sponsored post.

Salted Egg Chips

Last weekend, we bought a pack of salted egg chips. It’s a large bag. I forgot how many grams it is. Anyway, it’s P250 and when we opened it, we finished it in around 20 minutes. THAT FAST! Goodbye, P250.

This is the reason why I decided to revisit my salted egg recipe. I know there are a lot of recipes around the internet which you may or may not have tried but this I guarantee that I have tried and it works!

Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 8 pcs salted duck egg
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 packs of your favorite potato chips (regular size)
  • Chili flakes (optional)

How to cook:

  1. Remove the yolk from the eggs. You can use the whites for fried rice!
  2. Mash the yolks to remove the bits.
  3. Wash the cup of basil and dry them onto the pan in medium heat. Remove the basil leaves from the pan. Another version will make you deep fry the leaves. Whatever floats your boat.
  4. Add in the butter and swirl the leaves in once melted.
  5. Put in the yolks to your butter mixture until creamy. Add chili flakes if you want to make it spicy. Fresh chili does wonders too.
  6. Once done, you can switch off the heat.
  7. Toss in your chips and coat them nicely.

Servings: 2 – 3 pax (depending on how much you love chips)

Ta-dah! That’s how you do it. See, even my son approves. It takes a lot of time to take the yolks out to be honest. But it is all worth it! Everyone ate it in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for movie marathons!

Let me know if you tried this one out or you want me to try another recipe. Hit me up!

#daretoshareIGchallenge

#daretoshareIGchallenge

I joined this class by Arriane Serafico. To be quite honest, I wasn’t serious at it first. I didn’t do the first few days because I was on a playdate and got swamped at work. I woke up to reality that there were groupings! I want my own support group and to actually see what other people are doing and what their attack is. Good thing, we were still able to group. Yay for extension.

This course/challenge is just amazing and intense. The fact that you need to do an editorial calendar is just pushing me out of the comfort zone. I was in a rush to find photos and to do my content (Thanks Canva!).

My team is #teamrush and which stemmed from the fact that we were in a rush to find groupmates. We started from around 6 people and I think we are now 7 or 8? The engery in the group is just wildly positive! We are juggling different tasks everyday but we find time to interact. I am actually stalking the other posts and hopefully, I can be friends with them too! #supportgroup

Key takeaways? I am doing just fine. I know the basics already and I am building direction. I started it this year. Styling my feed with a pattern. It now all boils down to creating content and being consistent with what I want to do. I’ll be committed this time around since I want to claim my authenticity as blogger (Wow! Big words!)

Here’s a photo of my feed before and after the challenge! I know my followers isn’t that much but quality over quantity, right?

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Before (taken 6/14)
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Now (taken 6/20)

Obviously, it’s a work in progress. I’ll be posting my last one for the challenge in a few minutes. It’s gonna be a long one (for the caption).

Shoutout to Arriane, who is generous with her knowledge and created this workshop and to Team Rush for all those positive comments and the push to be accountable. Too legit to quit!

Oh My Fish!

Oh My Fish!

Remember when you are looking for something fun to do with your kid? For our Burrito’s birthday, we went to Manila Ocean Park.

Pro Tip: We got a ticket through MetroDeal. We picked the Deep Sea Rush with the following activities: Oceanarium, Sharks & Rays Dry Encounter, Jellies Exhibit, Sea Lion Show, and Symphony Evening Show.

We could have gotten more but we just took into consideration of the two year old’s nap time and energy. We started the day late because we have a small breakfast party. You can check my post about that here.

Here’s just a quick rundown of what we did.

Oceanarium. It was a good thing that we didn’t bring the stroller. The place has stairs! It was also divided into different segments like fish you can see in the jungle, reef, etc. It was a pretty sight. We expected to see more fish at the tunnel though. My husband said there were more a few years earlier. Lucas liked to see different fish. He didn’t know where to look.

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Fish, fish!
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This fish made him say, “Oh my gosh!”
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Colorful fish!
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Starfish.

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Curious kid.
So happy with everything!

Jellies Exhibit. I expected more but it was just a small room with around a few kinds of jellyfish. Overall, it was a good place to take your profile photos! Ha. Lucas was just a bit steady during this exhibit. There was this area where there are souvenirs, that’s the only time he was interested because there’s a truck.


Sea Lion Show. This show is done outside. We watched it around 3:00 PM. No umbrellas are allowed since it might distract the Sea Lions. Lucas enjoyed this! He was laughing at some parts and clapping with the rest of the crowd.

See how happy he is?
Yay!


Shark and Rays Dry Encounter. There were a lot of people who wanted to touch sharks and rays. Lucas got a bit scared but it was a good sight to see. Maybe the experience is better if the place is not really that crowded. We weren’t able to take photos because of the crowd.

Symphony Evening Show. We missed this show because we had dinner. We hope to catch this on our next trip.

Another tip: Make sure you know the height of your kid. We didn’t know he’s over two feet so we had to get a ticket there instead.

Overall, it was a good place to bring your kid! Our Burrito is in the stage of exploring and learning. We are happy that he is enjoying and beginning to understand the different experience. It was just too bad when we went there when a company had their team building. But we will definitely be back for more since we missed out other attractions.

Any suggestions where to go next?

#BurriTWO

#BurriTWO

Last weekend, we celebrated Lucas’ second birthday. It was not as fancy as his first but I still proceeded with having a themed birthday. This year, we went nautical. We thought it would be fitting as he likes fish and we were planning to bring him to Manila Ocean Park.

As a mom, I did my usual planning but this time around, I was too caught up with raising a toddler. I resolved on getting this party in a box! Yes, a party in a box. It is basically your instant decorations for any special occasion. All you have to do is set it up. I checked this supplier, The White Box.

I sent them an email two weeks before the celebration and talked to them about how I envision the party. The main idea is only to have a breakfast party since we’ll be out for the weekend. We are doing it for the rest of the household and since he is the first app, we would want to involve the grandmothers too. The set up was really small. The package that we got was good for ten (10) pax. What is good about The White Box is that they can customize the package for you so you can add or remove the things that you need for the party.

Since I was planning to have a background decoration and some for the table, they gave us a package for the following: garland, tassels, fans, buntings, balloons, table runner and a cake topper. We finalized the transaction on the week of his birthday and I got the decorations before my need date! So fast and efficient. They are accomodating too!

I know you will be saying why do I need to find a supplier, these are the things that can easily be bought elsewhere. Well, for someone who has a lot on her plate, you would rather have something instant than go through the hassle of everything. To be quite honest, it was sulit because we get to reuse them for the next birthdays a few days after like my sister-in-law and I.

We did the ingress the night before. It was no joke setting up even if it came in a box. We had to think of how to put them together!

It was all worth the pagod and puyat.

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After a hard night’s work, we were able to hide the chismis on the wall. What a wonderful set-up!
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Boat not included in the package.
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It’s all in the details.
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Look at that lovely cake topper! Cake not included in the package.
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Here’s our birthday boy and his breakfast party! We served him his favorites: tuyo, pasta and spam!

A few friends expressed their delight with the set-up. So if you want an easy, hassle-free way of doing a party, I suggest you check out The White Box.

Facebook: facebook.com/thewhiteboxph
Instagram: instagram.com/thewhiteboxph

I’ll be writing about his trip to Manila Ocean Park, up next!

This is not a sponsored post.

Sunday Currently | Vol. 3

I haven’t really had a real weekend for the past month. I think my body is actually clamoring for more sleep!

CURRENTLY.

READING. E-learning module.

WRITING. Planning to finish my blog for Lucas. But ha! I am really just too lazy.

THINKING. How to deal with the current situation of actually not going to mass with my son.

SMELLING. Nothing. I have a blocked nose right now.

WISHING. I have enough will power and not just all talk.

HOPING. My internet will keep up. It’s too slow. Why do internet service providers give you sucky service anyway?

WEARING. Shirt and skirt!

LOVING. My new steal. Hahaha. Yes, I bought a phone case.

WANTING. FASTER INTERNET!

NEEDING. I need my life fixed according to the KonMari App.

FEELING. Annoyed because we were supposed to go to mass with my son.

CLICKING. E-learning module.