Yesterday was one of my most epic day to date because I finally met one of the world’s fashion icon and Hollywood A-Lister Sarah Jessica Parker up-close and personal. I was able to shook her hand and hug her tight and had a few exchanges with her. Thanks to SM Aura Premiere opening day (May 15, 2013) for inviting her to come to the Philippines and become the new face of SM Store! Yes, Ms. SJP she is SM Store’s brand ambassador now! How cool can SM and the Philippines get by having such one of the Hollywood A-Lister endorse a Filipino mall right?
Oh My! I don’t know how long was the last time I posted Mommy Moments on this blog. But there’s one huge, major milestone involving my daughter and me as a mom. My daughter’s first period. Yes, she had hers tonight. I won’t go into elaborate details but she had her first menstrual period.
I’ve been fearing about how will she deal with this and how will she take it. I’ve been scared for years. I was scared because as you all know, she is different, she has autism. I don’t know how she will take it. But now, all my fears wiped out. She is taking it very lightly, like nothing happened. Just like an accidental pee on her undies! OK, that’s TMI! Hah!
My gosh I still can’t believe it, my baby
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This is a summary of how my regular day at home when I have no event to attend to and when its not a school day.
My alarm sounds off. It is not the typical alarm clock but it could be either my cat Dongyi or my daughter Tasha making noises. My cat , if she was locked out in the garage would yell out my window so loud she would intrude my dreams to wake me. Sometimes it is annoying especially on days I didn’t wake on the right side of bed or if I am having my monthly (you know what). Usually, I would beg for 10 minutes snooze and if I’m lucky get 30 minutes more sleep time. If not, I get up and head to the toilet, then to the kitchen to make my coffee and breakfast for Tasha.
I go online and do boot up for “work”. I check my emails, read news headline and my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram . Approve comments in my blog or delete them if they’re spammy.
Check my “work” dashboard and see if there any waiting task for me to do. Write, post and submit pending task. I’m the type who hates “blog backlogs”. If I attended an event the day before then I write my draft of it and after a few editing and uploading of photos from the event, I post it right away. As much as possible, I don’t like having any pending or delayed post. If an event happen yesterday, I want it posted today. If I delay more than 3 days it is more likely that the event won’t be posted . However my rules are different for advertorial, the client is “the boss” on when it should be posted. So if the client wants the event yesterday to be posted 3 months from now, then so be it.
Since then, I’ve been searching for an ISP that can provide me the service I need and deserve. I chanced upon SKY Broadband website and found the packages they offer. Because of my past experience, I simply just don’t want to sign-up to any service. I’m glad they have this internet usage calculator on their site that allows me to compute my average internet usage and see which package suits my needs. According to that rough estimate , my average internet monthly consumption is about 14GB max. Having learned that, now I know that the SkyBroadband 5Mpbs 15GB package for PHP 999.00 suits my needs which is perfect for my budget . I’m gonna try them out by signing-in heir free trial period and hopefully their system works for me. I might ask about mobile internet if too because when I’m not at home I use my phone and tablet for my Instagram! Yes, I’m an Instagram addict!
8:00AM to 10:30AM
I start to take out my stash of new beauty products and choose which one to play first to review. More likely, lipsticks will always come first. They are the easiest to use and review compared to other beauty products like mascara or eye shadow or foundation.
I do my makeup review in the morning because the lighting is way much better. I like natural lighting when I do makeup rather than have it fluorescent lit. The makeup colors are enhanced in the photos especially on natural light. I do most of my makeup reviews and even my 1st Makeup Tutorial Video on daylight.
After editing the photos (mostly just put some watermark or labels and or do photo collages) I upload the photos on Flickr where most of my photos are hosted and then write the review on my blog and post it immediately. Answer the door for package deliveries in the morning (if any).
10:31AM – 12:30PM
I do my house chores. Sweep floors, dust furnishing, clean room. Give daughter her bath. Take a bath. Eat lunch.
12:31 PM – 3PM
Sit again and browse on my social network. Interact with some of my friends who are online . Read and reply to emails, Twitter of Facebook Fab Page comments and blog. Then take a look at my stash of cosmetics again and choose another product to play with for review.
Btw, in the middle of the morning makeup review, my daughter would play tunes on my laptop and would play makeup with me too! So she always look forward to my makeup playtime because she gets to play with them too (with my supervision of course or else!). She loves lipsticks too!
Again edit photos, upload then post.
3:01PM – 5PM
Chill time. Snack time. Lurk on the internet. Do some light exercises with daughter (by exercises I mean play with the daughter by running around the house, dance around and be goofy with her, make rounds on the stairs and sweat it out!) I peek on my social network from time to time. Sometimes I answer the door for package delivery they deliver around this time in the afternoon.
5:01PM – 6PM
Dinner. Yeah very early dinner because daughter wants to eat early. This is also good for that before 6PM diet. This is probably why I stay slim! Haha!
By this time, Tasha already wants to go to sleep because she woke up early. She can’t sleep without having anyone lay beside her so I go to bed with her no to sleep but just to put her to sleep or before bedtime play. After 30 minutes or so if she’s not asleep it is more likely she will fall asleep at 9:30PM or later so I get up and watch TV (telenovelas or series). Sometimes I fall asleep beside her and woke at 1AM! If I did wake at 1AM I will be browsing around my social network. Check email and my blog dashboards and see if there are pending tasks for posting and post immediately.
1:30AM to 6AM
BEAUTY SLEEP! The best beauty ritual or tip I can give everyone is to have a restful sleep!
Go back to top!
If you can see, my day is very simple and easy. That’s how I like it to be. My regular day as mom and beauty blogger is spent mostly at home and online. So if my internet service provider fails me, it will be chaos for me and my blog/s! I don’t need much from my ISP, all I want is that they have flawless uninterrupted service and reliable speed (not turtle speed) for my photo uploads and if I made a video for my video uploads. I have an average of 8 tabs open in my browser mostly my emails, my Twitter, Facebook and blog/s and ops dashboards, and photo uploads.
How about you, how is your regular day spent? Do you know your average internet consumption a month? Care to share?
Stay gorgeous everyone!
On my bed side table, my laptap and my mobile phone lay. So even before I get out of bed they are the first two things I check on to. With my eyes still half closed I look at my email and social media account to see how many messages, comments and interactions I have before doing whatever activity lies before me for the rest of the day. But I’m sure you all know, it is so difficult to fully digest everything you read just right after you wake. So, to make sure I don’t mess up my replies I make make myself a nice cup of coffee. Albeit not brewed, I love my NESCAFE Classic. It has this pure coffee aroma and taste that fills my every sense. It immediately gets me alert all day.
NESCAFE Classic is good to go as it, but I like my coffee with cream, especially the new Nestle Coffee Mate Creamy Caramel, it gives my coffee a new delicious twist, just like the ones in those expensive coffee shops!
How about you, what is your morning ritual?
Stay gorgeous everyone!
Shallow people are easiest to please. I’m one of those shallow ones. I appreciate every simple gestures and acts of kindness towards me and it makes me happy, a lot! With that said, I am one of the happiest person in the world today, just because Daniel Matsunaga, one of the Philippine’s hottest male actor/model/celebrity that everyone admires greeted me a Happy Happy Valentines :*** (a smiley and kisses!)
I’m super mega kilig right now. (Honestly I don’t know the exact English translation of kilig but it is said that only women feel kilig, but it is nothing sexual or anything like that, it is some sort of a feeling of elation, an inexplicable ecstacy or happiness felt when something pleasantly surprising happens or if someone you have a crush on suddenly said he notices you, something like that!)
So yeah, when Daniel Matsunaga sent me a Tweet at 9:34PM of the eve of Valentine’s Day (February 13, 2013) I was so ultra mega kilig to the max!
Life is a journey that never stops, no matter how bad things seems to be, always live life and look forward for a better tomorrow. So Cheers to that!
Half of this year was not so good as mom got very uber sick that she was bed-ridden for more than a month. It drained all of us and it was not a good feeling. My big brother and his family is going through a not so good situation right now. As much as we want to help, some things are better left undisturbed and let those who are involved find the solution to their problem. All we can do is pray for each and everyone of them enlightenment.
Anyway, the good thing was that my mom got better before the year ended and she is now her usual funny sometimes annoying self (You can read her silliness in the Facebook page I made for my mom here). I Thank God for making my mom better again.
The family tradition has always been to wear polka dots and look your best when welcoming the new year. It was also a tradition to have an abundance of food, mostly sweets and round fruits and a lot of money in your pocket (mostly coins) so you can shake shake shake them all out. This symbolizes calling for a prosperous new year and that our pockets will never ever ran out of money ever… so we did…
We popped a good bottle of wine last night, Moet and Chandon, to be precise, and announced a toast for good health for each and everyone of us all though out the 2013!
I had my hair curled for the night… as a practice to my new do for 2013!
and no, I’m not wearing falsies, that’s The Best Mascara of 2012 for me, the Fairy Drops Volume Express!
I also wore the clothes I got from my Ukay shopping last Christmas and the shoes from Shoo-In that I got from Zalora at half-price! This symbolizes my gonna be thrifty year promise to myself so I can spend more in my out of town or country trips!
My daughter likes to jiggle and wiggle so the noise went loud but soft and pleasing to the ears!
Tasha is wearing the cats ears headband by Anagon Collection and a dress from SM Kids Fashion
I was also wearing this look when I went out to buy church chairs and donate it to our parish church. It is a good feeling to be able to give something for a good cause on the first day of the year.
Stay gorgeous everyone!
2012 was a good year. But I know the best is yet to come in 2013. So here’s to looking forward to the best in 2013. Here are the three things I look forward to this new year:
2. Dye my hair with a much bolder shade or a new style/cut
3. New projects and collaborations
This year I also hope to:
1. Practice more patience
2. Minimize my shopping impulses
3. Put more money in my saving or time deposit.
I would like to make my resolutions but it would be so hypocrite of me to put them into words but never into action. So I will try my best instead to be the better version of me this year.
Let me share to you some inspiring quotes from a lady who is very much misunderstood and loved for the wrong reasons, Marilyn Monroe. Someone who could have been a great mom and a model to all womankind if not for her early demise:
“This life is what you make it. Not matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, somg go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And babe, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soul mate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
― Marilyn Monroe
With that said,let me bid 2012 goodbye and the warmest welcome to 2013! The best for all of us is yet to come!
Smile and Stay gorgeous everyone!
“Presents don’t really mean much to me. I don’t want to sound mawkish, but – it was the realization that I have a great many people in my life who really love me, and who I really love.” Gabriel Byrne
With that said, I would like to thank those who remembered me this Christmas and for making me continue to do what I love and love what what I do. I love you all! Thank you for the lovely presents.
Beauty Box Makeup Organizer from Cherry Tan
And for these December Swags
From Spring Asia Beauty
Philips Go Gear from Philips
OMG! I forgot. The earliest to send their Christmas gift was Shu Uemura Philippines c/o the gorgeous Nina Solano
and Maia Ang of Maybelline Philippines
Now I need to head out to the drugstore and get some nasopure . I am having allergy attack again for playing too long with the cat.
How about you, what did you get this Christmas?
Stay gorgeous everyone!
In 2000, we were all hyped about the so-called end of the world as we know it, just because the computers and machines were not configured over 2000 years or something like that. The Y2K virus and all sorts of that computer mumbo-jumbo got those computer geeks become a millionaire because everyone wanted their service. There were talks about sums of money lost and so many false predictions about the end of everything.
This year, another end of the world prediction is coming. Come December 21, 2012, everything will end. How? I don’t know it’s a mystery. But well the ending was said to be predicted by Nostradamus, the master of scary premonitions and the Mayans whose calendar ends December 21, 2012.
Personally, I have nothing to lose if I do or don’t believe about the world ending. If it does, then good me, all suffering, pain, hurt and everything in between will cease. Period. Nada. If there’s such a thing as the after life I don’t really know. I have died thrice in this lifetime already and all I can remember is where I was when I wasn’t conscious in this world as we know it, I was in a same place like this only everything was like a dream. An alternate reality perhaps? Maybe.
Anyway, if we will all be gone by December 21, 2012 I am ready. I just wish we all die fast, not too much pain and suffering. So we all die in peace with the people we love (family or friends) I hope (because we will never know when/where and what time the end will happen).
If we all die three days from now, let me just say this now. I Thank You all for coming into my life. If you made me happy and never hurt me or did not think ill of me I am blessed to have you in my life. You are one of a kind and a treasure. I hope I made you happy as well and never thought ill or did not hurt you in any way. If you are someone who had caused me pain or hurt me. Thank You also for making me the person I am right now, strong, cautious and dubious. It is so hard to fool me now . It is even harder for you to hurt me again. I may have regret meeting you once upon a time, when the pain was still fresh, but now I have move on and buried whatever grudge I hold against you. I hope you never cause pain to anyone and I hope you will leave this earth in peace the way I know I will if the world ends right now.
There’s so many things I wish I can still do but three days is not enough so I will just put it here in case we still all live to spend 2012 Christmas day and see 2013 alive and kicking!
- I’ve been called conservative (with the way I dress) so if we all live to see they year 2013, I will try to wear something provocative and sexy, maybe cleavage showing or super mini-skirt or super body tight. Maybe I’ll wear that on New Years Eve party!
- Have a shoot with me wearing a wedding dress! Bwahahaha! Well, getting married is far from my mind right now but wearing a wedding dress and visit some bridal shops in Spartanburg SC is something I can do. Maybe because I’m gonna be a wedding planner or something? Or just an OOTD for my blog to showcase inexpensive wedding gowns for the bride-to-be’s.
- Fly an airplane. A small aircraft will do.
- Flirt in a bar . I’ve never done that ever. I might as well try after all I’m mid-30′s! I have the license to flirt because I’m single and you know it. LOL! Don’t judge me okay! Haha!
- Work abroad maybe.
This all sound like a dare to me. Yes I am challenging myself to be off-the-grid from time to time. I’m too serious in my life I should let loose and live as if it’s my last.
How about you, any thoughts on the so-called end of the world in 2012?
Natawa ba kayo sa list ko? Hehe. Gawa ka narin ng sa’yo!
Stay gorgeous everyone!
As I stare at the vastness of the sky last night trying to see that meteor shower , I realized I haven’t done this thing in ages. This thing , which is doing nothing but lay on the roof and gaze at the beauty of the sky without having my thoughts wander about the things I still need to do. I haven’t hang-out on the roof that long when my head started to wander and wished I had my gadgets up with me so I can do something while waiting.
But wait, doesn’t that depict my purpose of star gazing. Lay there, do nothing, wait. I didn’t bring the gadgets up with me because the back light will distort my night sky vision and I will not be able to see the stars or meteors (if any) clearly.
The report said there will be 25 meteors per hour . If that is correct there should be a meteor every 3 minutes. Where the heck is that meteor shower!
Oh! Did you know that on average a person gets impatient after 5 minutes of waiting?
Thoughts running through my head again.
Wow! I realized I missed being lazy like this. I miss the times when I was not in a rush. I miss being laid-back taking things slow and just let things be and pass by. How I missed those days.
This era is always on a rush, everyone is on a hurry. Everyone doing more than one thing. Everyone trying to be the first. Now life is more fleeting than ever. People these days don’t have that cherish the moment.
What happened 6 hours ago would be considered old news now because of the internet and social media. Everything is reported and told on the dot, and if you miss it, your bad, you are too slow to pick it up! You weren’t plugged or logged in! You are just too slow my dear. Hurry up or you will miss the next !
Why are we all so into what’s next and not enjoy what’s here right now!
People, we should all learn to slow down. Take time to enjoy each and every moment. Because we can never ever go back.
What happened? Why did we get this way?
I think I know why. I blame the internet. I blame social media — this era’s alternate reality, where one can only see and talk to the people they wanted, eavesdrop and stalk other people , something we really can’t do in real life situation.
Today, people are so attached to gadgets and social media that they rarely sit and just have a good time with a friend without having to peek at your BB, iPhone, iPad, Tablet or any gadget you own and inform your social media friends what are you doing at the moment!
Think about it, do they, the people in your social media, really need to know it now, like right away?
Why do you need to tell them right away?
To tell them you have a life outside social media?
I think you do such things to have something to say in your social media! Wake up!
Damn! Where are those meteor shower, I’ve been in the roof too long.
Impatient, I went down and browsed my Facebook and decided to go to sleep. I don’t have time to do nothing.
Did you just read that? Did you have the same question? Crazy head I have don’t I? Haha!
Happy midweek and Happy Meteor Shower watching. The show will be on until October 21, 2012 and best times to view is 12 midnight until dawn.
Stay gorgeous everyone!