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Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Post About Denim

Last month I attended a holiday party that had denim as a clothing theme. I thought it was an easy enough theme to follow until I realized that didn’t actually own anything denim – not anymore anyway. I own a lot of pants that look like denim but aren’t, and a dress which had a color that was about as close to denim as I could get but that was about it. I opted for the dress but it did make me think about why I don’t own anything denim anymore. 


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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Review: Samsung Galaxy Fit

A couple of years back, I bought a fitness watch from Lazada. It cost less than a thousand pesos and it measured my steps, calories burned, heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels. While my main purpose for it was to count my steps, I found myself wanting more from it and its partner app. Luckily for me, when I switched back to a Samsung phone recently, it came with a free Samsung Galaxy Fit


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Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Sunday Update 4: Family

Another week has passed in 2020. I can’t believe how fast the days have been. I feel like it was only yesterday we were celebrating the new year and now we just celebrated Chinese New Year! Only one more week to go before it’s a whole other month!  

So much has already happened in the past few weeks, it sometimes feels like a whole year of events have happened in that span of time: Taal Volcano, Corona Novel Virus, the US-Iran thing, Harry and Meghan stepping down as royals...I really wish there was more of the good than bad but lately it’s been more of the latter. If this is an indication of what the rest of the year will be like, I don’t know if I should be excited or worried about what the rest of 2020 could be. 

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Recipes Tried: Focaccia Bread with Bacon Chicken Liver Pate

Food is my jam. I love food. I have an appreciation for a variety of food but there are some that I favor more than others. One thing that I am not too big a fan of is bread. My family is a fan of bread but the love of it just hasn’t stuck with me. However, there is one type of bread that I am a fan of, and that is focaccia. I used to buy it from The French Baker when my sister worked there but now that she isn’t, I found myself craving for it so I looked up a recipe online from Sally’s Baking Addiction.



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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Some Thoughts on My Grandparents

As a woman in my 40’s I no longer have my grandparents around. Both sides of grandparents have passed away, with the most recent one being my maternal grandmother who died three years ago. I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone else but I didn’t really know my grandparents. While I considered myself close to my paternal grandmother when I was younger, I never really knew her apart from being a doting grandmother who loved her coffee and soap operas. I never knew my paternal grandfather and did not know my maternal one well either (he was separated from my grandmother by the time I was in the picture). In short, my grandparents were mysteries to me apart from being actual grandparents. 

I never got the chance to know each grandparent as a person: as a human being who was also young once and lived a life full of experiences I would have, in hindsight, been interested to learn about. Now that I am older, I am fascinated by my family history. Looking at old pictures makes me want to know more.  What kind of childhood did they have? What kind of kids were they? What made them into the people that I knew when I was growing up?

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

My Makeup Look

Recently I was talking to my family about makeup. My sisters and I talked about when we first started putting on makeup and just how much we use regularly. Consensus has been on starting in college but never really going full-on until it was necessary during work. Even then none of us have ever been into putting on too much, opting for a less-is-more look every time. The no-makeup look is what we often go for. 

I have never been comfortable with packing on the makeup, even if it is for work. Most days I prefer just putting on some lip and cheek tint and putting some eyebrow makeup (because my thyroid condition thinned out my brows...and because, as they say, “kilay is life”). I don’t even put on powder lately. Just some moisturizer and a little BB cream. 

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Sunday Update 3 : Taal

The past week has been nothing short of eventful. As most of the world knows, Taal Volcano spewed out ash last Sunday afternoon, blanketing towns as far as Metro Manila with the grey powder. By the end of the day, Alert Level 4 was raised, warning the public that a major eruption was imminent in what can only be predicted as being as close as hours or days.  Several towns in nearby Batangas Province, which is practically next door to the town where I work, have been evacuated as they are in the 14km danger zone in the event of the eruption.  Since then there have been constant earthquakes, fissures have been reported in various places in Batangas and a lava fountain has been spotted in Taal. A deadly eruption, according to experts, is expected. 

Our view from home last weekend.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Book Review: We Met in December

One thing people need to know about me is that I’m a sucker for a feel-good, romantic comedy. Add the element of Christmas and you have me hooked. It’s no surprise that I tend to gravitate towards books and films of the same theme (hence my obsession with Hallmark Christmas/Romance movies). When I read the premise of two people who meet, become flatmates and fall in love in the span between two Christmases, it was a no-brainer for me to want to read it.  

we met in december
Cover Credit: Harper Collins

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Art of Habi in Maragondon Cavite

One of the things that fascinated me when I moved to the province was the locally-produced products in my grandmother’s hometown. One of those products is a fabric/textile that people call “habi.”  

Photo Credit: Edrock Photography

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Going Green in 2020

One of the things that I want to do this year is to be more earth-friendly. I have already been more conscious during the past year about lessening my trash and the use of plastics and such, but I feel that this year I need to make it not just a habit or something that I am trying but an actual lifestyle. Here are some of the things that I am currently doing and some that I aim to do this year to make this an earth-friendly 2020: 

earth friendly 2020
Image by annca from Pixabay

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Sunday Update 2: Back to Work

First week of work for 2020, all done!  

How was everyone’s first workweek for 2020? As much as I would like to say that the holiday has left me feeling refreshed and ready for work, it really is very far from that. My brain is still on holiday mode and it’s difficult to adjust to being back at the office. It’s, as a friend of mine said, “trying to normalize work after holiday hangovers.” 

back to work

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Review: Danarra Aromatherapy Oil

I have been a fan of aromatherapy for more than a decade now. I started with the massages until I started using air revitalizers and dehumidifiers, which led me to my obsession with Mia Maison’s scents. For the past few years, I have been a constant user of pain relief rubs/balms, with some smelling more like mint/menthol and others with more aromatherapy-like scents that smell more like perfume than old-person body pain. I recently discovered a new brand for aromatherapy pain relief called Danarra and I am currently obsessed with it!

danarra aromatherapy essential oil


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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

January Playlist: Reclaim



As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, 2020 for me is the year that I am to reclaim the person that I have lost while I have been busy with everything else in my life. For this month, I thought I’d create a playlist that would help me and hopefully other people (women in particular), who would like to do the same thing. Here is the playlist I created on Spotify for this:




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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

My Online Banking Experience

I have a confession to make: I had a love-hate relationship with banks. There was a time that I only had an account because that was where my salary was deposited. For most of my adult life, I saved money the old-fashioned way: by keeping it at home (not that there was a lot of cash to begin with since I usually spent it all eventually). Even when I did eventually become a regular depositor of a certain bank, I was still very hesitant to use online banking. I’ve heard so many horror stories and I wasn’t sure if I could handle the stress if it ever happened to me.  

It was only last year that I decided to take the plunge into the online side of banking. I have to admit that it has made the management of money and the payment of bills easier for me. Not that there aren’t any setbacks to it (because there have been) but in general it has been a convenient way for me to get things done financially. 

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Sunday Update 1: Holiday Hangover

I have been on leave from the office these past two weeks over the holidays and it has been amazing. It’s great being at home and spending time with my family. Not having to worry and stress over things that needed to be done has been such a perk! Just being able to sleep in and relax for two straight weeks has been the best gift I could give to myself; I should have thought of that sooner. 




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Friday, January 3, 2020

Crisis on Infinite Earths Review (Episodes 1 to 3)

For the first few seasons, I had been a fan of the CW shows that feature DC characters/superheroes: Arrow, The Flash, The Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. At some point, I felt a bit of a TV burnout with all the shows that I had been streaming so I slowly quit watching shows one by one until I quit cold turkey altogether. Still, I made it a point to watch the crossover episodes, and this season, it’s all about the Crisis on Infinite Earths. They’re three of five episodes in and so far, I have to say it’s the best crossover ever!

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Word for the Year: Reclaim

Have you ever felt so busy that you just feel lost in the shuffle? When things get too much that you lose the sense of who you are because it gets ignored in favor of everything else? For the past few months, I felt stagnant. I felt like I was not getting anywhere and that I was not feeling fulfilled even with all the things that I do. That’s when I realized that I wasn’t giving enough time for myself, to the point that I feel like I don’t know who I am anymore. I think this new year is as good a time as any to change that. 

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