Friday, April 23, 2010
My best friend is currently studying make-up application with Make-Up Forever at The Fort, Bonifacio High Street. A few days ago she asked me to be her model. Of course I agreed.
I am not much of a cosmetics person. My whole routine consists of a lip and cheek tint and gloss. That's it. I was caught in a time warp. I honestly thought that make up today is the same as it was in the 80's which consisted mostly of powdered cakes and those foam brushes. So it totally took me by surprise when I sat in the make up chair and saw the wide array of brushes set on the table. They looked almost identical to my set of paint brushes! Not one "foam brush" applicator was used. The whole session was like a painting class wherein instead of a canvass you painted on a model's face. very interesting indeed. You get to blend colors on a palette and apply them to the face with sable brushes just like you would a painting.
I am seriously considering studying make-up myself after this session. I am just not sure if it is worth my 30 grand. That's how much it costs for one course.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I had the most delicious salad at Mamou two days ago! I forget the name. Eversince I gave birth, my short term memory has been really bad. Anyway, just ask the waiter for the "Alukbati and Camote Tops" salad. My GOD!!! It's divine. Certainly an unexepected mix of greens but surprisingly their flavors blend extremely well together. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that you could eat Alukbati or Talbos ng Camote raw, much less as the main greens in a salad at an upscale restaurant.
Friends, it is glorious!!! Heaven in the mouth! (no pun intended) The salad is drizzled with a mild fruit based vinaigrette which has just the right sweet-sour balance. Blue cheese gives a stark contrast to the flavors making it all the more interesting. The addition of boiled, diced squash and saba banana (which I personally don't really enjoy, but in this case, LOVE), adobo flakes is fantastic. It's something you have really got to try to appreciate. While you're at it, also order the Lorenzo's Oil Pasta. It's spaghetti with truffle oil infused cream sauce. Smells divine and tastes as good as it smells.
Mamou's co-owner, Tita Annie, was also kind enough to have a chat with us outside over a few cigarettes. She is really nice and from the few minutes i spent with her, I could tell that she is also a very sweet but strong person. Anyway, she said that the next time we come back, we should try this salad. Again, I forget the name, but I remember that it is named after a specific wine rehion in Northern California. It has walnuts, cherry tomatoes and a cranberry vinaigrette. Can't wait to go back and try this!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I have been using the "Mositurizing Aloe Mandarin Line" shampoo and conditioner for quite some time now and I just have to share with you all that the difference in my hair is nothing short of awesome! I used to have really dry and coarse hair from all the abuse I used to give it. Too much sun exposure and dyeing...I tried a lot of moisturizing shampoos and conditioners as well as "at home hot oil treatments". These worked as long as you use them everyday. If you fail to use the conditioner or hot oil treatment for a day, your hair would immediately go back to being dry, dull and coarse. But this is definitely not the case with Human Heart Nature's shampoo and conditioner. I swear that after just a couple of washes, your hair will immediately turn softer and silkier. Even during warm days or days when I'm totally rushing and don't have the time to use the conditioner, my hair is still soft! Even after coming from the beach, my hair is still the same. soft and silky! Even my daughter's hair is so much softer now and she doesn't even use the conditioner. All she uses is the Kids Nature Shampoo and Body Wash in Watermelon.
I am certain that chemicals put into drugstore brand hair and body care products are just put their to cut down on cost and keep you hooked just like bad heroin does to an addict.
If you're not into organic products yet, you are missing out on A LOT!
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Thick Suam na Kalabasa
My best friend hails from iloilo and their "manang" at home is a superb cook! We basically grew up together. We've been best friends since fourth grade so although I'm not an Iloilo native, I have learned to love their cuisine. These are some dishes that I want to try making at home. I'm no "Manang Lai" but I hope it turns out even just a little bit close to hers.
I honestly can't believe that something like this can happen. Don't they even check on their daughter before going to bed? Even just a peek that would last a second? I have a 3 year old daughter and as a parent, I don't see how something like this could honestly happen no matter how tired I am. Something should be done about careless and heartless people like these.
What bothers me more is that it's not an isolated incident and nobody has been indicted ever.
What a sad, sad story...
Monday, April 19, 2010
We experienced some car trouble on our way back from the beach...
People of the Philippines, do not get stranded in the province. It is an extreme hassle and also quite scary.
We had two cars going back, an Innova and an Explorer. The Innova needed gas but the guys figured it still had enough to get to the nearest gas station in Tagaytay. It so happened that the Innova's gauge was broken. The car came to a full stop during our convoy from Calatagan. It stalled somewhere in Nasugbo. It was about 10-11 in the evening. FYI, gas stations in the province close by 7pm, some by 5pm. The nearest gas station was all the way in Tagaytay, a good 30 minute drive at more than moderate speed. Thank goodness we had 2 cars!
The guys stayed behind and we left to get gas with the driver. I felt pity for the men. Big as they were, you could see that they were quite frightened and unsure of the area as well. I don't blame them...it's really dark with no street lights. And for people from Manila, too quiet to the point of eerie.
So anyway, we got back with the gas but the Innova runs on diesel. Yes, we got diesel., but the thing with diesel run cars is that when they run out of gas, unlike gasoline run cars where all you have to do is refill and crank the engine, diesel cars need to be pumped. This took long! And because of the many attempts trying to start the engine. The car's battery got discharged. So in the darkness and solitarity of the place, we had to change batteries, series and put gas all with a flashlight and some lighters. To add to the drama of it all, while we were there trying to get the car to start, a group of men from the "perya" (fair) down the street came running past us calling out names to a second group running after them, the whole time throwing stones at each other. Scary! All those Carlo J. Caparas slaughter movies suddenly came to mind. Good thing they just ran past us. Shortly after, the car finally started and we were on out way back to Manila.
picking out shells, coral and starfish to make into necklaces for my friends...
a friend of mine and "Duke the Dog" getting ready to bike the trail
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LET'S ALL GO ORGANIC!!!
I just came across this site and would like to share it with as many people possible. All you have to do is sign up (which takes less than five minutes), no gimmicks, and they plant a tree for you complete with a certificate and everything!
I haven't been blogging lately, well, eversince I got back. There's been so much to do! The day after we got back, our maid's brother passed away. So she's on leave for a week. It's been quite an adjustment for us especially now that our household is into "zero-waste". Chores take up a little bit more time but it's definitely fulfilling nonetheless. I can't wait to see our water bill this month. I'm pretty sure that it's gone down quite a bit.
We've been using organic, biodegradable cleaning agents and body care products in our house. I am able to save the water we use from laundry, dishwashing and even baths for watering my plants, cleaning the floor and pet areas.
My compost pile is also growing larger everyday and my plants are loving me for it. This is especially challenging since I live in a condo and I have to do it in containers. I really hope that someday I'll have enough money to move my family into a house with a garden.
Friday, April 9, 2010
See you guys next week! I'm off to the beach for some very much needed R&R. The city is getting too toxic for me!
The beautiful pictures below are of Kubo sa Dagat in Cororn, Palawan. No, that's not where I'm going but I sure wish it was! maybe next year. I just found out about this place. The resort is eco-friendly and uses solar energy. Excess electrical appliances like radios and haridryers are not allowed. It's not that big so it gets fully-booked quite often. I hear you have to make your reservations months in advance to get a slot. By the way, they can also schedule a dive trip for you.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Heaven in a bottle!
I have read and heard from different people all over that grocery bought feminine washes could actually be more harmful than beneficial to your health. Some OB-GYNEs say that their ph balance is too high and prolonged use could cause various types of infections like uti in mild cases and cervical cancer for more severe cases. I drink a lot of water, I have never in my life experienced uti but I have heard from a lot of people that it hurts. It's something I don't want and need to go through but I also enjoy "feeling fresh down there".
All organics feminine wash makes you feel instantly fresh, clean, cool and protected. You really notice the difference. It may seem a bit pricey to some for feminine wash (P150 a bottle) but it's really worth every penny. You also don't need much. Just push on the pump about 3-4 times, out comes a light foam and that's enough to keep you feeling clean and fresh for several hours.
This is a mUST TRY!
This summer has been extra scorching hot and the temperature makes it very difficult for me to go to bed. Instead of getting shut-eye, I end up browsing the internet for hours on end until my eyes get so tired that they have no choice but to sign off. TOnight was one of those nights and I found myself on Etsy once again. I was looking at stuff randomly when I came across Aida Coronado's shop. I love her stuff! They're just quite pricey but the embroidery is magnificent. Her clothes give off such a sincere bohemian/hippie/gypsy vibe. Looking at the pictures overcome you with a wave of nostalgia. It's time travel to the summer of love.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Human Heart Nature's Banana, Carrot, Propolis Hand & Foot Salve has a beautiful creamy consistency that is almost identical to the much loved whipped butter of Pancake House. It smells delicious (my sister-in-law says it smell like Runts) and it works wonders. This is something you definitely have to try yourself.
It's a steal at P99.95. I am a hand cream afficionado. I used to spend thousands on expensive creams. My favorites WERE Caswell Massey's Rose Hand Cream and L'Occitane's. If I remember right, Caswell's small paint tube used to cost me about P1600 and L'Occitane's large paint tube was about P1200. Despite the hefty price tag, I would still splurge on them. My hands need a lot of care because I am always working with them. Without a good cream, they would crack and have a tendency to get quite rough from all the abuse.
I didn't have high hopes when I purchased HHN's Salve. I honestly didn't expect it to "do the job" since it was so cheap. I just loved the smell and wanted to try it out. On the way home, I opened it up in the car to give it a try. My god was I surprised. Your hands get INSTANTLY soft and smooth just like when I used to use Caswell Massey's. Unbelievable. It works as well as Caswell and is a lot better than L'Occitane's. All for below a hundred!
People from Manila usually head off to the "bundoks" or the beach during Holy Week. I never really did. Maybe I did it once, but I swore that I would never do it again!
It takes you double or triple the time to get there, once you arrive after hours on the road, you're confronted by thousands of other vacationers. During Holy Week, it's like 40% of manilenos migrate to Baguio, another 40% to Boracay, maybe 10% Puerto Galera, 5% other places, 5% stay. So what happens is that you spend a lot of money for this vacation to get away from the strenous city life only to be followed by the same people, traffic and noise you wanted to get away from in the first place.
I prefer to enjoy the quiet city for a week. Revelling in the empty roads...
Monday, April 5, 2010
I have always been a "hippie" at heart. Nature, enjoying it and being close to it, protecting it, has always been something I strongly gravitate to. In the past, "going green" didn't only mean patronizing all organic and "earth-friendly" products and manufacturers, it also meant spending a lot of your hard-earned (money)"green" on skin care and household products. Green products were usually sold in Healthy Options and a bottle of shampoo could cost as much as half your total food grocery bill. That's definitely not practical.
A few days ago I discovered Human Heart Nature. I am so happy I feel like running around in circles and kissing everyone along the way! HHN's products are so affordable and yet they work EXTREMELY WELL!!! I bought several items from them and I'll be making a review for each one over the course of the week but I'll start with their toner first.
Before I found Human Heart Nature, I used to buy Olay. Olay was working okay for me but I felt like it was too harsh on my skin and also a bit pricey for a drugstore brand. So I went back to Watson's searching for an "alcohol-free" toner. The only one they had was by Belo. I grabbed it since it was only P50 a bottle. When I got home and tried it, it felt like my skin was on fire! My upper lip region started to turn red and it stung a lot.
Human Heart Nature's toner is gentle. You will notice this as soon as you wipe it on your face. It has a pleasant, non-evasive smell and boy oh boy does it make your skin look radiant afterwards! The best part is that it's 99.8% all natural and organic, 100% biodegradable, everytime you buy human heart nature products you help our local farmers and gawad kalinga, plus it only costs P99.50 a bottle! Certainly can't be beat and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! I swear it's at par with some of the most expensive toners available!