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Friday, January 28, 2022

The Challenges of Intermittent Fasting

For the past six months or so, I have been doing intermittent fasting to help with my weight loss. It’s something that I have tried more than once before but I found it to be too challenging for me so I stopped. 

These days, however, I finally got the hang of intermittent fasting. Usually, I fast for 18 hours, then have a six-hour eating window. When I can, I even go for a 24-hour fast once a week. If I don’t have much time to fast because of certain occasions where I have to eat with other people I go for a 16 hour fast at least. 

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When people ask me what I did to lose weight, it sounds simple to say calorie deficit, intermittent fasting, and exercise but it is not as easy as it sounds. Just with intermittent fasting alone, there are challenges that go along with it:


Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Netflix Picks: Emily in Paris Season 2

Finally got around to watching Emily in Paris season 2. Took me a while to digest this second season compared to the first one for some reason. No binge-watching for me this time around. Not that it means that the show was bad, it’s just that I wasn’t able to do it this season even if there were (still) only ten episodes that lasted less than an hour.


Monday, January 24, 2022

Still Staying Safe

This 2022, we are going on our third year in this global pandemic. So much has changed, but so much has stayed the same. We now have vaccines, and there is now more positive news about medication that can be given to treat those who are infected. However, there are new variants that keep popping up when we least expect them to. It feels like whenever things are slowly starting to go back to normal/pre-pandemic levels, something happens that makes us all go back to taking extra precautions and adding new protocols to keep everyone safe. One step forward, two steps back. It can be very frustrating and annoying. It’s so hard to make plans when things change like this. 

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The thing that baffles me is how despite all the news about how serious this virus is, there are still so many people who take this all for granted, especially now that many have been vaccinated. I feel like there are a lot of people who still do not understand that the vaccine does not prevent you from getting the virus. It only prevents you from getting a serious version of the disease. It helps you to avoid hospitalization and death. You can still get it and you can still spread it around to other people. You can still infect someone who is unvaccinated and it could cost them their health or their life. 


Friday, January 21, 2022

Makeup Under Your Mask: Yes or No?

To all the ladies out there I have a question: how many of you wear makeup underneath your mask?

I only ask this question because I do. But I have also had people talk to me about how silly it feels for them to wear makeup during this pandemic because it makes them break out from wearing it under a mask all day. Some have commented that they did not see the point of wearing makeup if people won’t see it anyway. 

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Wearing makeup under the mask is not easy. During the first few months of the pandemic, I tried it and realized that the normal way I put on makeup meant that everything was going on the mask. By the time I took it off to eat lunch, most of my makeup was practically wiped off by the mask. Maybe it was because my makeup, while normally smudge-proof, was underneath the mask and I was probably sweating underneath it. 

For a time I found the whole smudge thing annoying so I stopped wearing makeup altogether. But then I realized that I wasn’t feeling “dressed” going to work without makeup for some reason. I felt like mentally without makeup I was not in a professional mode so I decided to try wearing makeup to work again. 

It was not easy to find the right combination of makeup that I could use that would not smudge off underneath the mask. Here’s what I do for makeup at work:


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Netflix Picks: Made You Look

After I graduated from college, one of the first things that I wish I could do for a living was to be a museum curator or someone who worked in an art gallery. The arts was one of my two majors in college and it was something that I was passionate about. Unfortunately, life happened and I went on a different career path.  The closest I’ve been to art now has been visiting museums and watching documentaries on TV like Made You Look on Netflix.

Made You Look tells the story of fake art, particularly how one person was able to dupe one of the oldest art galleries in New York in a span of ten years into certifying works of art from artists such as Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock despite the lack of provenance (proof of history and ownership).


Monday, January 17, 2022

The Annoying Act of Catfishing

This pandemic has everyone going online for everything. Shopping, food deliveries, dating…just about anything that you can do online is currently being done online. Apparently, even scammers have become more active online as well. 

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There are so many people that I have encountered online recently who have been messaging me on my Instagram account. I never had a problem with it before but it seems that with my weight loss I have had messages from men a lot lately who are showing “interest” in me. I told my family about it and they said it wouldn’t hurt to see if it was real or not and that I should reply. I tried it a couple of times but every time I did there were all these red flags that showed that these guys were just catfishing (pretending to be someone they’re not) to message with me. I have read about instances where people do this to get the woman’s interest and scam them out of their money. No way will I ever be interested in that. 


Friday, January 14, 2022

My Pandemic Skincare Routine

If there is one thing that I am happy that I never had a problem with growing up it is my skin. I was never one of those kids who had acne issues. I’d have one pimple one day and it would go away in a few days, but even then what was very rare. As an adult for the most part my skin has always been clear. No breakouts. No major issues.

I guess in a way having clear skin all the time has made me take it for granted. I remember having friends in school who already had skincare routines back then while all I did was wash my face with facial wash and water and that was it. No moisturizer, no sunblock. I just washed my face and pat dry and that was it. I did go to a facial care center from time to time, but it was not a regular thing. More of a little reward to pamper me every now and then than something for skincare. 

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Now that I am older, I am beginning to see the value of having a skincare routine, especially now that I have lost a lot of weight and I was worried about how it would make my face look with the weight loss. I remember someone telling me I should have started a skincare routine earlier so that my face would still be fresh when I got older. Let’s see if trying at this point will still save me.


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Netflix Picks: The Blacklist

One of the TV shows that I loved watching since it started was The Blacklist starring James Spader and Megan Boone. I remember watching the first season in 2013 and following this crime series as much as I could. I think I watched the first season from start to finish, then for the next seasons, I would watch a few, enough to catch up on the storyline until the eighth season. I think at some point I was merely reading up episode recaps then deciding which episode to watch/catch up on (since we get the show on the same week as the original airing).

Recently, as a way to pass the time on the elliptical on my daily workouts, I have started binge-watching The Blacklist. I’m on the elliptical for more than an hour daily, so there are days when I watch the show when I’m on it, Since I work out daily, I have been able to finish catching up on all eight seasons available on Netflix. I think the current 9th season is being shown somewhere on cable, but I haven’t been able to figure out the time. I think I’ll catch up on it when it goes to Netflix later.


Monday, January 10, 2022

January '22 Playlist: Sing with Me

Any person who knows me well would know that I love music, which is why I have playlists that I feature on this blog. I don’t think I can go a day without listening to music. Plus, as a Filipino, it is a part of the culture to enjoy singing as a pastime, which is why we normally have karaoke sessions when we have parties or get-togethers.  As someone who has had my share of these karaoke experiences, I have a list of songs that I often sing during these times.

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Friday, January 7, 2022

Product Review: Three-in-One HiFu Device

As I have been posting about last year, I have been focusing on working out more during this pandemic. Mostly just to make sure that I stay healthy enough so that my body/immune system would be strong enough during these crazy times. One positive effect of this practice has been weight loss. I have lost a lot of weight in the past few months as a result of diet and exercise and one thing that I made sure to pay attention to was my worry about sagging skin on my face. One thing I’ve noticed about people who lose a lot of weight is that they tend to look older in the face after so I thought I’d make sure that it did not happen to me. This is where this product from Kissed Beauty MNL comes in: the Mini HiFu portable device.

I had heard about the concept of using high-focused ultrasound to make your face firmer and slimmer before but it was only when I was going through some stores on Instagram that I learned that there were devices that you could buy for home use. When I discovered this device, I had messaged several stores before I finally decided to buy it from Kissed Beauty Manila. They were very easy to contact and were able to give me all the information I needed to know about the product. An added bonus was that I could pay via credit card, which I preferred since I would rather not go out to pay for it or use cash to pay a delivery person. They have been very helpful from the purchase to the delivery process, along with the after-service when I had a lot of questions during the first time I was using it. 


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Netflix Picks: Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal and Greed

Does anyone remember Bob Ross? He was this painter who was on TV who would make these works of art during his TV show called The Joy of Painting during the 80s and early 90s. I don’t remember when I was able to watch his show exactly, I just know that I got to see the show on one of the local TV channels when I was younger, probably in grade school. It was fascinating to watch him paint and he made it all seem so easy. I think that it was because of this show that when I was in high school I decided to choose art as an elective so I could learn more about making art myself. 


Monday, January 3, 2022

My Wishes for 2022

It feels like every year for almost all of my life, the new year means coming up with resolutions or goals for the year. It could be a list or your word for the year (or mantra) that you want to live by. For the most part, it is about reaching or striving for something for the new year. I have been doing this annually and honestly, I would like to do things differently for 2022. I don’t have any set goals for myself this year. No targets to achieve or kind of lifestyle or personality that I would like to uphold (because of that word for the year thing). I just want to go with the flow and see where life takes me. 

We are already two years deep into this pandemic and I feel like having resolutions or goals for myself just feels like too much additional pressure for a person who, to put it bluntly, is just trying to survive during this COVID era. I think the best thing for me is just to do my best at whatever life throws my way and take things as they come. I’m not really into planning things these past couple of years because things often seem to change at the last minute because of this pandemic. Whenever I want to plan something, the news is almost always about a new variant of COVID or stricter protocols. In my experience, things that were not planned end up happening more than unplanned ones. I think that for 2022, I would rather just take whatever opportunities come and make the most of what every day has to offer. If it’s there, I’ll take it. If not, then better luck next time. 

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