Lifestyle Blog from the Philippines

Friday, April 26, 2019

Getting the Election Fever

With the elections coming up in less than a month, the campaign period has been in full swing. Every single day I hear a campaign jingle for the candidates and whenever I go out, I cannot avoid the onslaught of campaign posters on vehicles, homes, or any blank wall along the road. The news is never without anything on the people campaigning for national-level positions. The same goes for social media. 

I don’t know what to feel about how politics is here in the country. So much of what is going on leaves me conflicted about who to vote for.

Image by Andreas Breitling from Pixabay

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Have You Tried Confetti?

Does anyone remember my old post about the trivia app called HQ? It’s an online trivia game where the contestants have to answer 10 straight questions right to win the pot money for the day. It is US-based, so I haven’t been able to win because of all the very American trivia questions that are in the set of questions. I’ve always wondered when they can have a local version and now there is one: Confetti Philippines.  

Photo Credit: Confetti Philippines

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Summer is Burning Up

First things first, I need to be upfront about this: I hate summer. I’ve never liked the heat, I’m not a big fan of the sun. I prefer my weather to be cold and gloomy. I prefer the rain. I know that sounds depressing to some, but for me, summer makes me grumpy and the dark, gloomy, rainy weather makes me feel the opposite. That’s just the way I am. 

I know there are so many more fun activities that can be done during the summer, but you can do the same thing during the gloomy weather, right? There doesn’t have to be rain, I’m flexible about that. I just don’t like things too bright, sunny, and – most importantly – hot. I mean, does anyone actually LOVE the heat that we’re getting these days? Seriously? We’re all burning up like crazy!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Book Review: 29 Dates

I’ve always been a fan of Melissa de la Cruz, which started when I first read her Blue Bloods series (which I still wish could be turned into a movie or TV series in the future). Since then I’ve made it a point to check out her other books whenever they came out. When I read on Twitter that she had a new book called 29 Dates, I decided to give it a try.

Cover credit: Harper Collins

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Monday, April 22, 2019

TV Show Review: Bloom

What would you do if you were given a second chance? If you could be young again? Would you take it? What would you do with it? This is the premise of the Australian TV series Bloom, which I discovered online and finished watching in one week.

Starring The Vampire Diaries/The Originals Star Phoebe Tonkin, Bloom is about a town where five people had died in a big flood. For some reason, in every location where a person had died a new plant bloomed, with fruit that can miraculously turn the person who has it younger. There are only six episodes in the series and it’s a quick watch if you’re interested in finishing the story right away. It can be a bit heavy with its theme but it does make you question the things about yourself, it makes you wonder what kind of person you might be if you were placed in a similar situation. 



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Sunday, April 21, 2019

World of Dance US Season 3

World of Dance Philippines has wrapped up and FCPC Baliktanaw won and is going to audition for the next season of World of Dance US, which is now on Season 3. Here’s what I think about the US version of the show so far:

Image by ArtTower from Pixabay


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Saturday, April 20, 2019

My Big Bad Wolf Experience

Last February, a couple of friends of mine from work and I decided to go to the Big Bad Wolf Sale at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. We had heard of this sale before but have never gone to it. Since the sale also coincided with a long weekend, we decided that we could go and give it a try.  



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Friday, April 19, 2019

My Unplugged Policy

Back in my early days of working, I remember getting stressed out a lot because of calls from work during days off or after work hours. I used to take pride in the fact that I worked harder than most but after a while, I realized that things just got a little too far. People began to take for granted that they can call me anytime they need anything, even if I am sick. It was only after a friend advised me to stop taking calls outside of work hours that I started to value my time away from work and gave myself a little peace of mind. 

I was supposed to have a separate phone for work until I realized that all I had to do was put my phone on airplane mode. I’ve been doing that daily. Right after I get off work, I turn on airplane mode and I turn it off in the morning. I also put my phone on airplane mode on weekends and keep myself offline (or at the very least, invisible) from online-based messaging apps during my free time. Having this quiet time has been good for me, especially since I get stressed easily.  Since I am often just at home during my free time, this has not been a problem. I only turn off airplane mode during my free time when it is absolutely necessary, which hasn't happened that much.
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

My Epsom Salt Experiments

If there is one thing that I have been (slightly) obsessed with these days, it’s trying to detox. I know that most people say that our bodies can naturally detoxify themselves but I feel that it doesn’t hurt if I can help move things along, right? I’ve been reading a lot on this on Pinterest and one thing that got my attention was the use of Epsom salt. 



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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Matters of the Heart

Once when I was in grade school, my mother told me that I had fainted and that it gave my teacher and my family a big scare when it happened. I don’t remember this, but I do remember having to go to one hospital and doctor after another taking all sorts of tests to find out what was wrong with me. It was at that young age that I found out that I had heart disease. 

My parents were very protective of me when they got the diagnosis. As much as I enjoyed running as a child, they never allowed me to do sports again. Any dreams I had of dancing, taking classes, and such were not encouraged because of how often I got sick. I rebelled against that for a while, taking gymnastics classes without my parents knowing about it, joining the dance troupe and cheering squad in high school and college, and going to the gym on school lunch breaks to work out with my best friend. I didn’t want my disease to define me, I did not want it to limit me. But eventually, it did.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Holy Week Stories

Yesterday marked the official start of the Holy Week for all Christians. I may not be a practicing Catholic (I’d like to think that I’m more spiritual than religious) but I do have a great amount of respect for this season and what it means. 

Image by cgrape from Pixabay

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Catching Up With the Game of Thrones Train

Tomorrow is the start of the last season of Game of Thrones. There are only six episodes in this final season and a lot of people, me included, are looking forward to finding out how everything will play out. I know that there are a lot of theories out there, but I prefer to just wait and see how it will all play out. I have my own theories but considering how I have not completely caught up on the show yet, I’m not sure if I have anything right.

Is it nuts that I want to see Jon and Daenerys jointly sitting on the Iron Throne and ruling together? I’m rooting for either one of them to eventually be the rightful heir to the throne but if they can rule together, that would be even better. I am also partial to the theory that the Night King is also related to them too and is also a Targaryen. I’d like to think that there is more to his story and that is how Jon and Dany would end up on the Iron Throne. It might be too much to ask, but it’s just my theory. Like Jon Snow, I know nothing. 

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Friday, April 12, 2019

When the Water Supply System Fails

“Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.” 

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


Climate Change is real...I think many of us here in the Philippines experiencing this weather right now know and feel just how real this all is. The heat is excruciatingly unbearable. The humidity only makes it worse. The fact that we are having problems with water is exacerbating the issue too.

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Book Review: The Accidental Beauty Queen

I’ve always been a sucker for rom-com chick lit books. I’m also a sucker for a good cover. When I spotted The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson, I knew that I had to read it. And after I read it, I knew I had to do a book review and share what I thought of it!

I remember reading this and picturing this as one of those romantic Hallmark Movies (of which I am a big fan). It wasn’t that much of a surprise later on when I found out that Teri Wilson actually wrote some of those movies that I have enjoyed watching.

Image by skeeze from Pixabay

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Crown Princess on GMA

Who else is watching The Crown Princess on GMA? To regular readers of my blog, it won’t be a surprise that I am watching this Thai drama now that it is being shown on Philippine TV. I became a big Nadech and Yaya fan since watching the show and I loved it so much that I am more than happy to watch it again, this time dubbed in Tagalog. 




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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Thoughts on the Holiday: Bataan Death March

Today is a holiday – Araw ng Kagitingan here in the Philippines, otherwise known as Day of Valor in the US, which commemorates the Bataan Death March from 1942. The death march was the transfer of thousands of American and Filipino prisoners of war by the Japanese during World War II. They traveled more than 100 kilometers from Bataan to Tarlac where many were physically abused and killed during the journey. 

bataan death march
Photo from Pixabay

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