Nails, Nails, Artsy Nails

During my niece’s first birthday party last Sept.3, my mother and I tried

Meijiaer Fake Nails

something we’ve never done before – wear fake nails.  I know her to be someone who would always grow her nails long and put on some fancy nail polish.  This time she bought 2 sets of Meijiaer fake nails from Divisoria.  One set already has adhesive under them, while the other set needs a separate nail glue to use.  So I convinced my mother to wear them to the birthday party.  One set for me, the other for her.  She chose the one with adhesives attached already.  Good choice, Nay.

Anyway, the night before the party my sister-in-law told us to put the fake nails on already since we might not have enough time the next day as we will all be busy and rushing for the party.  Our bad, we didn’t listen ‘coz on the morning of the party, my mother and I decided to put them on few minutes before leaving the house.  Though the instructions were easy and gluing them on each nail is quite quick, some nails easily snapped off with light pressure.  Since it was like that, well at least for the set of nails I chose, I had to re-apply nail glue on some nails (thumb and pointer).  It looked fabulous on our nails and my aunts were all asking how we got our nails done.

The set I got was a bit tricky as I had t0 apply more glue on some nails and after a few hours and the glue has really set, the fake nails felt like real nails already!  They were really stuck on my real nails and really hard!  By night-time I was wanted to take them off already coz I’m not really used to having long nails.  I couldn’t do some household chores with ease.  It was so difficult to take them off as the glue has really set.  It was also painful.  Luckily on some fingers, the fake nails were a bit easy to remove since I only applied a small drop of nail glue, but for those fingernails which snapped and had to reapply glue, maaaan!!!  They stuck like super glue!  I had to dip my nails in hot water and wait for few minutes before applying pressure to snap them off.  Gosh it was painful.  I was so relieved when after few minutes of dipping my fingers in hot water, I was able to get them all off, but not without pain.  So, no  pain no gain hehehe.

Overall it was nice to use them.  Gives you that professionally done nail art on your fingernails.
What’s also great is that you can re-use them to your next important occasion or event.  Forgot how much a set costs but I am sure it wont be more than 500 pesos.  It could be way cheaper like less than 100 pesos.  I will surely use fake nails next time.  I’ll buy a different set next time, but for now I’m happy  with my trimmed unpolished nails 🙂

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My Trip Outside PH After 20 Years

I thought it would reach me a year to write about the most recent travel I had that is out of the country.  The first time I was able to go out and travel to another country was way back in 1996.  That was my highschool graduation gift.  This not-so-recent trip I’m going to tell you about actually happened last December 2016, and I am only writing about it now.  Why?  Cause I have hundreds of excuses, which I will not enumerate anymore, hehe.  Imagine how long I have kept those wonderful photos on my phone really careful not to delete any of them,  But hey, being the social media person that I am, of course I have uploaded some photos on my social media accounts already during my trip though not all of them.  What I’d like to share here are photos, which I was not able to upload back then.

So the trip was in Taipei City, Taiwan.  It was a company trip/Christmas party/teambuilding for our company.  We checked in at Golden China Hotel, which is in the heart of Taipei.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take photos of the room and restaurant where we had our breakfast so no reviews of any sorts 🙂

Sharing here a gallery of our trip.  Enjoy!

Leaving PH…

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TOUCHDOWN TAIWAN!!!

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Upon arrival to Taiwan, we headed straight to our lunch and tour to Yehliu Geopark and boy the place was so amazing!

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More of Yehliu Geopark…

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After Yehliu park was some free time to look around the city where we had our dinner…

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Free time to go around before dinner

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Groupie first!

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Ximending Shopping center

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My yummy dessert 🙂

 

Day 2.  National Museum Tour

 

Next stop:  Chiang Kai Chek Museum

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That was me by the gate

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The Gate

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Mahangin sa labas

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Spot the

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Difference (Jan, my roommate)

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SQUAD GOALS – Officemates (with wind effect)

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That’s a long staircase

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Finally reached the top!

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Ceremonial change of guards

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So many tourists

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This was really beautiful

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Chiang Kai-shek

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Next:  Taiper 101 and dinner!

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After a few drinks some of the girls and I went to Raohe Night Market, but wasn’t able to take some photos of my shopping spree because, girl I  was so busy SHOPPING!!!… … and budgeting my pocket money!  😀

And what is a Taiwan trip without going to this restaurant?!!!  The gang at MODERN TOILET RESTAURANT

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The only shopping photo that I had and this bag is full of food to munch!

That’s all!  I hope you enjoy the trip through my photos.  Sorry I’m not really very good at taking pictures, but I can still improve 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Smile always!

 

My Ideal Weight Reached!

I cannot remember exactly how many times I’ve mentioned working my heart out to achieve the ideal weight for my height and body type. This is because I have been underweight all my life and I have been skinny ever since. I would like to happily share that I have already achieved this and maintained it for the past year already!

With the help of a vitamin supplement, Ling Zhi, I was able to attain my ideal weight in just a span of 2 months. Actually, I started gaining weight by the 2nd week of taking Ling Zhi. I could say that my food intake increased significantly well and I noticed that of me. I stopped Ling Zhi by the time I reached 95lbs., and this was some time December 2016. From then on I just maintained my appetite, well that’s the only thing that I was able to maintain ‘coz my sleeping pattern was bad since there were weeks when I would lack sleep due to work and other errands for the house.

I’m just so happy now that from 80lbs since I was in highschool, I am now at 100lbs. I know many are working their ass of to lose some weight while I’m on the other side of the fence. I guess we all have our own battles and goals to face and live with. Mine was something I thought was hopeless already, but I guess this time, after so many attempts and loads of different multivitamins, the odds were on my side. Good thing I didn’t give up. Below are some of my photos from then being skinny to now at my ideal weight:

Me as of this posting…

What they say is true. As long as you focus and work hard for your goals, you will reach it in due time. Good luck on all your goals, readers. God bless.

First Blogger Event: Kikaysikat’s Anniversary Party

I would have to thank my dear classmate, Reylen Castro, who is new blogger (MadeItThroughMum), for tagging me along to the anniversary party of KikaySiKat‘s blogsite.  I am going to tell you that I enjoyed every bit of it.  Came a bit late though at Tokyo Bubble Tea in Eastwood City, Libis, where it was held last July 18.  The party was simple yet meaningful, especially to Kaycee who celebrated the 5th year of her blog site.  Some kind of passion, huh?  I can’t barely keep up writing regularly here, hehehe.

We started the afternoon with delicious food and drink from Tokyo Bubble Tea while answering a slumbook type of registration form.  Creative, right?!  And then a game was held, where we exchanged forms with other guests and ought to get a good grasp of the info written about the person we exchanged forms with.  It was a fun get-to-know-each-other game as I met other bloggers, youngsters if I may say, who share the same passion in blogging as Ms. Kaycee.  Then she, Ms. Kaycee, recognized and expressed deep gratitude to her first ever and loyal follower who came all the way from Cabanatuan City.  Sorry I didn’t get his name.  Inspiration knows no distance.

The afternoon was all about thanking and being grateful for the people who appreciate ones work, be it written, spoken, made or performed.  I know so little about Ms. Kaycee, but during that party I saw and felt in her genuine love for work and having fun in what you do could go miles away reaching people from all walks of life and inspiring them to do well in life as well.

It was a short party but it was truly worthwhile for me.  Here are some snapshots of the party:

Me and my dear friend Len (www.madeitthroughmum.blogspot.com)

Me and my dear friend Len (www.madeitthroughmum.blogspot.com)

Fab products for answering correctly during the game.

Fab products for answering correctly during the game.

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Ms. Kaycee (off-shoulder top) and one of the guests.

Back to Full-Time Work

Being a mother is already a full-time job.  Nobody will contest me.  But sometimes even if you just want to stay at home and be with your kids 24/7, there will come a time that you will want to give more to your children than just your time.  You’ll want to give them nicer clothes for every occasion, healthy food, toys, books, gadgets, etc… The list could go on and on, but with the current economic trend, you cannot just have one parent providing for those stuff.  Of course you’ve got to help, and being a mother you just have this innate desire to go out there and get it for your love ones by all means possible.  Working from home didn’t do the trick for me.  Maybe I’m just not one of those who’ve been successful doing it.  So I’ve got to go out there.

It has been a firm decision that I would go back to working full-time since last year after my daughter turned 1, but somehow something just gets in the way of putting that decision into action.  Then finally when we faced this dreadful situation when all 3 of our kids were hospitalized due to measles, that’s when I said “no, no more delays”.  So the soonest I’ve got all of them fully recovered, I started sending my resume to every company I could come across with, from Jobstreet to JobsDB to LinkedIn.  I went to all scheduled interviews most of them I tried to set on days when my husband is off from work because there’s no one to leave our kids with since we didn’t have any yaya.

Then after 4 months, I signed up for a job a million girls would NOT kill for.  I took it anyway because it’s with one of the strongest companies in the advertising industry.  The position?  It’s a junior level job.  Again, I took it anyway because I feel that I’m going to have to restart my career and with doing so it should be with a strong company.  I believe I am in the right place now.  It maybe unlikely but what I’ve got now is a chance – a chance to rebuild whatever was broken, to gather whatever was scattered, and to make something new in my life.  So I thank all the powers in the world beyond mine.  I am forever grateful to the people who have helped me along the way,especially during the times when I was out of control and was such a mess.  I thank the people who have understood whatever I was going through the past few years.  I thank the people who endured my “kakulitan” and “kalokohan” ways, believe me, I never thought I’d go through something like that that’s why my reaction is like that.  I think I was tested.  To the people who have caused me so much pain and misery, well I guess that’s who they really were.  Whatever they’ve done is their purpose in life, so “bahala na si Lord sa inyo”.

So now being back to a full-time corporate job I really don’t know what lies ahead of me.  I humbly raise all my concerns and troubles to God.  After all, I said before that He is my rock, I shall not fall.  I am currently training for something that my 35-year old mind is really being challenged to absorb.  I hope that what I have envisioned myself to during my younger years is something I will be able to do and accomplish now since I am already complete and have reached the true essence of being a woman.  Now, life begins to continue. Good luck to me.  I know I am never alone.

The Stay-At-Home Me

Hello there! Well I’m back here again! Gosh I missed blogging. I remember saying a few months ago that I’m gonna be more active here, but unfortunately some things just screw up your plans.  What am I saying here?  Well there’s the case of mismanagement of time, simple laziness, and people who would rob you of good motivation, hehehe.

Anyway, I’d like to move my self to take charge and make things change.  I wanna do this before 2014 starts and everybody would be so into drafting their New Year’s Resolution list.  So mine’s gonna be a tiny bit different.

So, yeah here we go!

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The Me as of Nov 2013

I’ve been making resolutions lists or goals lists like forever, and unfortunately have not actively worked on each item I had on every list.  There was actually one list I’ve made wherein I was able to achieve around 9 items of the 35 items I had there.  Really bad huh?  Oh well,  I’ve got a lot of things on pending, and right now I think I finally have the chance to really work on them – I hope!  I’m just praying that the nanny I got this time would stay with us until such time that my kids can be independent enough.

Honestly, I’ve been struggling with the idea that I have to be a stay-at-home mom for most part of the year now.  I actually didn’t consider the possibility of that when I was pregnant with my second child.  The reason is that I didn’t want to underestimate myself for having kids and still be able to keep up with my  job.  Career-wise you can say that I am a late bloomer, hey actually I’m a late bloomer to just about everything, hehehe!  So I was trying my best to be a “career mom”.

Like many other mothers out there who’ve been through the same situation that I am in now, things weren’t going the way I wanted and planned them to, so I submitted to the idea.  I did several things to convince myself that staying at home could work for me.  I did things like baking, cooking, reading novels, though in digital form, and even video blogging.  Those were some of the efforts which I thought was fun doing especially that I’m not worried with some deadlines or meetings.  Of course it is given that I get to spend enormous amount of time with my children.  That my friend is priceless indeed.  I’d agree with anyone who’d say that that is the ultimate perk of staying at home.  But my friend, there are also challenges.

As an observation, when you are in the office, you are able to manage your time according to the tasks that you’ve planned for yourself based on the urgency of tasks or on your prioritization.  At home, that is a challenge for me.  Some experts would say that you can apply time management at home and with your kids.  It’s actually good that you can introduce your kids to time management at their very young age, but I have observed that kids, even though you train or discipline them while still young, have their own moods and coping mechanisms.  They have their own style in taking their time to adapt to change and development, and a parent like me has to be sensitive and attentive to that.  And I am admitting that I almost always fail in doing so.  Knowing that now I’d say that staying at home is kinda like a new job opportunity for me to take on.

No-Make-up Look

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Another No-Make-up Look