Hello, 29.

Hello, 29.

When I was young I am excited on how to spend my birthday. Now, I’m not a big fan of spending my birthday. Just an ordinary day on my planner. What makes me more excited? My husband and son’s birthday of course!

As I embark on my final year in the twenties, I find that age is just really a number. I think I stopped counting my age when I turned 25. Our office OJTs guess everyone’s age in the team and when it comes to me, they pick ages in the 30s bracket. At first, I get offended. Really, 30? Do I really look that stressed to make me look 30? Then I realise that they will really think that way! The age gap between me and them is almost 10 years. It is not as if I stopped aging.

Anyway,  Here are things that I have learned in the past year:

  1. To slowly learn to speak up for yourself even in the small things from correct fare up to why my campaign will work, etc.
  2. Motherhood takes a toll on me and that there are times that you just need that me time.
  3. Quality over quantity especially with friends. You make time for people who really matter. No matter how far, no matter how busy the schedule. Of course, you need to take into consideration that there are some situations that will be out of your hands.
  4. Small expenses done everyday become big. (ie: Uber, Milk tea)
  5. It is difficult to break a bad habit.
  6. Finding the correct skincare is important. Each skin is different from the other.
  7. Minimize, minimize, minimize. Don’t hoard.
  8. Buy only when you need anything. Not in advance especially for wants. There’s a tendency I won’t be able to use it.
  9. Exercise or being fit doesn’t come overnight. It’s accompanied by correct motivation and diet which I still need to find.
  10. It is good to admit that there are things that I can’t control.
  11. As I age, I am more open and comfortable to different topics as opposed when I was young.
  12. Material things really don’t last you that long.

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Here’s to another year!

 

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Empties #1

Empties #1

It’s been a long time since I did a post. I’ll try to keep up and do a post in a month. Swear!

Anyway, early last year, I saw that I am accumulating make-up and skin care which I haven’t really used. It just takes up so much space in my dresser and most of them I don’t really use. I had to give some away especially the lipsticks I haven’t been using for quite some time. Now, here we are. I made myself a promise to finish a product unless it has harmful effects on my skin (aka trial and error products) before moving on to a new one.

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This is my first post about products I used from skincare, make-up and fragrance. Looking forward to more of these kinds of post.

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The Face Shop Collagen Pomegranate & Collagen Volume Lifting Toner – You think that by spending on an expensive one will make it better. But my experience with this toner wasn’t good. It reacted to my skin and caused me to have little bumps on my skin. At first, I dismissed it as a reaction to the highlighter and blush that I’ve used. Nope, the culprit is this toner. I took a break from skincare and using make-up aside from my cleanser and the bumps subsided. I almost finished the whole bottle just because I want to ensure that I got the value for my money, I didn’t occur to me that it was the main culprit. I learned my lesson to just work with the usual products that I’ve tried and tested.

Celeteque DermoScience Hydration Alcohol-free Toner – I love this product! It has worked for me and I can’t believe that I replaced this with the TFS toner. My loyalty lies with this. I just bought a small bottle since I want to try it first before buying a big one again after my TFS experience to ensure that it would agree with my skin.

Pond’s Age Miracle Night Cream – I love this product. It makes my skin soft until the next morning. It’s priced P99 at the grocery and it comes a looong way for me.

Christine Lhuillier Parfumerie Green Lilac and Tea – I’m on my second bottle already. I love this cologne and fresh. Pretty cheap for an artisan cologne. Will have to invest on the Eau de Toilette for a more long lasting scent.

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The Face Shop Photo Blur Effet Flou BB Cream – When they discontinued the Lovely Me:ex BB Cream, this was the replacement. I am happy because it’s my go-to “foundation”. Its coverage isn’t full so it gives off a more natural vibe. I avoid using too much though unless I want to look like a geisha.

K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrows 01 – I saw this from my officemate before and how convenient it was to put on. I used it an it gave a very soft effect on my eyebrows.

Sleek Matte Me Birthday Suit – I love this shade. One coat gives you a pigmented shade. It lasts for quite sometime. You still need to reapply though. What I dislike about it is that it is super drying. Even if I love the shade, I will be steering clear from this.

Maybelline Creamy Mattes Nude Embrace – Love the shade. My officemate sold it to me because the shade it super light for her. For me, it was perfect. It’s a nice everyday shade, the reason why I immediately finished it. It isn’t drying but you need to reapply after since the staying power isn’t that long. It’s pretty cheap too especially if you wait for the sale.

BLK Long Lasting Liquid Matte Lipstick Sophisticated – I joined the bandwagon! I have to say it holds true to its word of making a long lasting matte lipstick. Things I love? How pigmented it is with one coat, perfect everyday shade and IT ISN’T DRYING. Though it tends to have a powdery finish after sometime which is the main effect of any liquid matte lipstick. Worth the price? Definitely! Plus, it’s cruelty-free too!

Wow, I can’t believe I finished those! What about you? What products were you able to finish?

#TryLocal

#TryLocal

I have to admit I am an overbuyer. Regardless if I need it or not, I shop and look for things. The internet is a dark place, you can get sucked in the minute you get distracted. However, I found some great finds lately and I am proud to say that they are local brands. These are the ones that thrive via online shops and bazaars. I am a fan and inspired by some of their stories. I got to ask them questions due to my inquiries. They are accommodating to queries which I think is very crucial especially for online transactions.

I’m pretty sure you are now curious with the list so here’s a rundown:

Shiq Bag (@shiqbags)

This brand is inspired by the femininity, combining classic and modern styles. Their bags are of style and function. There I was looking for a bag that can fit my laptop and I came across the Amber tote.  It’s waterproof and can fit my laptop. Well, not actually. It is 13″ so the size of the bag is quite exact. Plus points to Shiq for customized bags. Just add P50 for every letter. It’s the best bag I use when I need errands to do since it seemed small but it can fit a lot.

Designs by Shima (@designsbyshima)

I actually forgot how I found this brand. What got me hooked is the actual bag which can fit a laptop. This time, it’s for real! My order took some time since it still needs to be produced but it was all worth it. I got to buy a wallet to match with it too! It’s amazing as it is perfect for travel because my passport perfectly fits. This bag can be worn 4 different ways: crossbody, shoulder bag, hand bag and backpack. Definitely handy!

Obsession Without Limits (@obsessionswithoutlimits)

My fondness for crystal necklace stemmed from a Christmas gift from my former boss a few Christmases ago. I kept searching on how to create my own but instead stumbled on this. I love their Prescripstone line since the crystals have meanings perfect each personality need. Every piece is unique as the stones are shaped differently. Another plus is that it is tarnish free. Of course, you need to properly take care of it.

Amber MNL (@ambermnl)

Needless to say, I did a whole blog post about it. See link: Head over Heels. I love how comfortable it is! They have a unique design for flats. Their chunky mid heels is pure love too! This brand is now a staple in my shoe closet.

Hey Jow (@heyjowph)

I love this brand and their different collaborations. The designs are unique and classy. It is fit for someone who wants to upgrade their accessory line. Their products are nicely packaged in a box. I got giddy when I received mine. Hey Jow is a piece that I love wearing if I want to amp up my outfit. A little pricey but the quality is superb perfect for special occasions.

Hello 2018!

To be quite honest, I spent the first day of the year sleeping. It’s so good sleeping in. I wish I can savor the holidays more. I am quite unsure why but maybe as you get older you feel more tired or maybe just being plain lazy.

Anyway, last 2017 was really a year of transition for me. During the last part of the year, so much has been happening in my life and the people who surround me. Some people just come and go, I was able to finally fit in and learn more about myself. Bigger milestones for me came in this December in the form of a promotion and being free from financial debt.

I couldn’t be more happy with the blessings I was able to gain for this year. But to be quite honest, my 2018 will be more focused on the things that I need to improve on which is being motivated and creating the good habits. Health is wealth as they say and my metabolism has slowed down, my arms, thighs and puson are growing in a rate that I really don’t like. This is the biggest aspect I will be working on this coming year.

No new year’s resolution this year but since I know what I want and what I can tolerate, I will be using this to continually improve for 2018. I have so much to learn and experience. I excited of what the next year is bringing it.

What’s your new year like?

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!

#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?
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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?