New Year, New Mindset

Sometime in 2013, I started drifting away from my usual daily routine. Before, my mornings were devoted to this blog. However, due to the mixture of various changes in schedules and priorities, I started leading an unbalanced scheme and living an “ALL WORK, NO PLAY” disposition.

This year, I want to change that! That’s my mission. This year, I shall find time to continue doing the things that I love to do. Be it, style blogging or simply writing about the things that I’m interested in. From deep subject matters like latest news up to mundane stuff like my latest fashion or beauty must-haves, I’d just go and put them into words and post them here. Besides, that’s how my blog was way back 2005, it was a place where I poured my heart out. I used to be content with the simple thoughts that I get to share in my small part of the World (Wide Web).

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This is not a New Year’s Resolution, this is a New Year’s Mission. My mission is to keep afloat and start giving time to pursuing things that would keep my life balanced, more fun, and more meaningful. Not saying that working hard doesn’t make my life balanced or meaningful, it’s just that too much of something is indeed bad. I’ve been thinking hard about it, and I’ve got to admit that I’m getting obsessed with the idea of earning. All I have in mind is just to work, work, and work because I’ve to earn more. But seriously, what’s the primary effect of this mindset? STRESS. A whole dose of it. Sometimes, I like to take a breather, aka sleep. But we all know that when we sleep, we lose seconds in life that should’ve been spent in doing more valuable things. In my case, these things may involve playing with my kids, or reading books, or watching TV series or movies.

Now, how does that relate to my blog? Remember before when I’d emphasize that THERE IS ALWAYS TIME? I guess that’s the key to living a balanced life, to always find time to do things that make you happy and make your heart sing. Hopefully, by going back to blogging, I can bring back the mantra about always having time.

So there, no promises, just high hopes for this year. :)

xx, A

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  • 2 months ago

#MaringPH


Let’s say a prayer for those gravely affected by the weather that we’re experiencing at this very moment. 

xx, A

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  • 8 months ago

Give Yourself The Love That It Deserves

"We get the love we think we deserve." This line came from the book/movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I couldn’t agree more with this. For one, I’ve always been a firm believer that we get what we deserve in life. We draw the paths that get us to where we are. We create actions and visions that help us achieve what we want in life. As cliche as this may sound, we are the captain of our own ship. And this applies to love, respect, and trust as well. Respect begets respect. Trust must be done mutually. As to love, it will also be reciprocated, as long it’s given sincerely and whole-heartedly. 

We all know that life will never be all rosy and smooth sailing. As we travel along the paths that we choose to take, we will meet different kinds of people. There will be an inspiring lot that will motivate us to become better version of ourselves. On the downside, we will meet people who will challenge us negatively. These people will shake the self-assurance that we have. Some will even go in a different kind of low and try to step on us, belittle us, and attack us on whatever way imaginable. 

Life as such is but normal. Meeting these people - both those who become our friends and foes - come into our lives for a reason. We are then expected to make the most out of these  experiences. 

There is no disguise on the purpose of meeting a great support system in the form of our friends. Are we to question why we become friends with our friends? And what will become of us if we become friends with our friends? 

Yet various questions prevail when meet the foes, when the “challenging” people come into the picture. What do we make of the situation where we encounter these people? How should these people affect our lives? What’s the purpose of knowing these people? 

I always consider my foes or people I’m not particularly fond of as people who help boost my self-assurance and authenticity. The more that people try to belittle me or step on my toe, the  more I become self-secure. I guess that’s the importance of loving yourself and of being sure of your capabilities, no one can bring you down no matter how hard they try. 

At the end of the day, it’s knowing that you’re doing the right thing and knowing that you never shortchanged anyone by becoming your true self and by doing your best. 

Unfortunately, others mistook delusion of confidence for self-assurance. There are those who wind up living in an illusion of grandeur - materially and skills-wise. But the thing is, if you are fully aware of your strengths and weaknesses, you can avoid committing these mistakes. 

Self awareness may begin with acknowledging what you can and cannot do and embracing both your assets and liabilities. Recognizing your failures and successes is an important factor to become 100% sure of your authentic self. If people live with the wrong notion that they’re perfect, they would eventually end up losers in real life. 

A well-examined life is the key to becoming self aware, and we can only become fully aware if our mind, body, and spirit are in sync. In other words, if we are self conscious

We must never expect people to fully know or understand us if we don’t even fully know or understand ourselves. We cannot expect others to love us, if we don’t give ourselves the right amount of love that it deserves. 


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xx, A


(Written sometime in June.)

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  • 8 months ago

Canada Philippine Fashion Week this June

(More than) A month ago, I was invited to attend the press conference for the very first Canada Philippines Fashion Week (CPFW) at SMDC Showroom in MOA Grounds. 

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The event introduced the concept of CPFW that was initiated by renowned Canada-based broadcaster, creative director, TV host, and executive producer Jeff Rustia. 

CPFW aims to celebrate and showcase the best in haute couture, style, innovation, culture, and creativity of the Philippines. Its goal is to be the perfect platform to spotlight both the Filipino and Canadian cultures, by featuring the most innovative and pioneering Filipino designers from the Philippines and Canada. Everything will happen from June 10 - 16. 

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On June 12, in celebration of our Independence day, CPFW will present “A Fashionable Evening with Jose Rizal,” a tribute to our national hero through fashion, film, and exhibit at the Bell Tiff Lightbox Theater. This particular event will showcase the newest docu film on Rizal, titled “Jose Rizal, The First Hero.” It will also feature a Rizalian-inspired fashion show, spearheaded by John Ablaza. 

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Some of the designers to be given the spotlight on the weeklong event are John Ablaza, Francis Libiran, Noel Crisostomo, Roland Alzate, Norman Noriega, Leonardo Co, and Brian Maristela. 

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CPFW will be in aid of the Kol Hope Foundation for Children. Kol Hope Foundation for Children is a Canadian charitable organization that provides support to children born with Trisomy-related disabilities and chromosomal disorders. It is named after Jeff Rustia’s son, Kol who was born with Trisomy 13, a fatal genetic syndrome. 

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For more information about CPFW, visit canadaphilippinefashionweek.com.

Here are more photos from the press con: 

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  • 11 months ago

Oxygen Botanical Anti Ageing Intensive Facial at Bioessence

Exactly a week ago, I dropped by Bioessence - Slimzone at Greenhills, Shoppesville to try yet again one of their amazing services. This time I had the chance to try their Oxygen Botanical Anti Ageing Intensive Facial, which is one of the exclusive facial treatments that the company offers, given that Bioessence is the exclusive distributors of the Oxygen Botanical Line (from Canada) in the country. 

The facial treatment uses 99% pure oxygen, which cleanses the face through its essential and natural nutrients and anti-oxidants that target specific skin problems.

It’s a complete package that includes black heads and white heads removal and infusion / infuzion (my favorite part of the treatment), among others.

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Unlike some ordinary facial treatment, Bioessence follows a thorough process on their services, which is a signature of the company, that leaves clients pampered, refreshed, and relaxed all throughout the treatment. 

They also evaluate first the skin type (or body type for their slimming treatments) of the clients to ensure that the treatment they’d recommend  to them would be appropriate for their needs. 

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When it comes to facial, the first step is to have the face checked via this… 

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This device spots the impurities around the face. 

Before heading to my room for the treatment, I decided to tour around their Slimzone branch, as I did the last time when I went to their West Ave. branch

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Where I got pampered for an hour and a half. 

The Oxygen Botanical Anti Ageing Intensive Facial treatment of Bioessence lasts about 1.5 hours. You could literally fall asleep during the session. I tried not to, but the relaxing massages and cold creams all over myself got the better of me so I snoozed for some brief seconds throughout the treatment. 

Priced at PHP2,500.00, an intensive facial such as this one surely gives you your money’s worth. Plus, how amazing it is to be pampered using natural products! Having this treatment at least twice a month (two weeks interval) would provide best results. 

I enjoyed it a lot, and my face felt really smooth and moisturized after the treatment. Kumbaga eh, sobrang maaliwalas talaga. 

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Here I was trying to contain what I really feel…but in reality…see the photo below. 


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All-smiles and happy after the treatment! :)

 

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Thank you so much again to Ms. Anj, the accommodating staff at the Shoppesville branch, and to Bioessence in general for providing excellent pampering services that both men and women must indulge in. 

So, if you guys want to try out their services, some of their branches in Manila can be found at SM Mall of Asia, Banawe, Binondo, BF Homes, Paranaque, and West Avenue, QC. 

For more information about their services, visit their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter to get updates on deals and promos. 


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Photo c/o Bioessence

Be part of their client list to keep abreast on their latest offerings. I actually received an invite yesterday for a free trial on their latest face and body treatment called “Trattamento Romantico,” an Italian-inspired romantic treatment for two that uses the finest ingredient from Europe.

If you and your guy or bestfriend cannot decide what to do over the weekend, why not try this one? Or their Swedish Massage? Or the Oxygen Botanical Anti Ageing Intensive Facial? Yes, Bioessence’s wide array of facial and body treatments won’t leave you without an option. :) 


xx, A

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  • 1 year ago
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