Unboxing Part 2: Beauty Holiday Giveaway from It’s Apples World

Hello there everyone!  Hope you’re all having a fabulous time. Recently,  I won some fabulous skin care and makeup products from beauty blogger and good friend Apple Caplis. Her Official blog, YouTube,  Facebook,  and Instagram is It’s Apple’s 🍎 World. Please follow her account because she gives honest feedback on products that she uses. 

I got word from Apple that I will be getting it soon,  and it will be arriving via the LBC courier. At last,  the package arrives Monday afternoon. 

Here is a glimpse of the contents after I opened the top part of the box:

Now, I present to you what’s inside:

Coco Line Naturals Lotions

Yes,  there two bottles of this coconut- based lotion and I’m glad they’re paraben-free. I will be doing my review on this soon

A Variety of Sheet Masks

Holika Holika’s Waterdrop Tinted Foundation in Honey Shade
I am glad to have gotten this because I was running out of foundation. I want to give this a try. 

W is Important Lip Tint

HopeGirl Magic Lash Long and Long Mascara

Pony Effect Deep and Pure Lip Tints in the Colorful and Blissful Shades 

Etude House Dear Darling Tint

Elizavecca Skin Liar Primer 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I feel lucky most of the products that I got are made from Korea. I hope you have a great day. Will be going out to meet some friends. Take care everyone!😍😍😍😍

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My Christmas 2017

Hello there,  hope you’re having a great. So far, I am sharing events that kept me busy during the holidays. I hope you have enjoyed Christmas too. Maybe you can share a list of things that you did during Christmas.  I would love to hear you stories! 

1. I got Christmas chocolates as presents from family

2. I met an old friend at Market Market in Taguig.  It’s been a while since last saw Mel, a co-worker I met ehen I was working for a pharmaceutical company in Makati. 

3. Sang in a choir on Christmas eve with the Family Choir 

4.  Ate pre Christmas lunch at Wang Fu Restaurant with the family 

Project Kindness

Earlier I have witnessed an act of unkindness from someone whom I least expected to show that negativity. I was affected that I got sick afterwards. Yes, I had fever and headache right after that. 

There’s a quote that goes,  “Sticks and stones may break my bones,  but words never hurt me. ” I beg to differ,  therefore I say that words hurt especially those said negatively. 

I truly believe there is power in the words people utter toward each other, regardless if it’s done in a positive or negative manner. 
I don’t want to dampen anyone’s spirit here when I say this. Having first hand experience of unkindness serves as an eye-opener to the reality that this is a tough world we live in. I am suddenly reminded of a Charlie Chaplin movie called Modern Times wherein Charlie gets caught in the web of the modern age, frustrated at life.

It’s easy to give in to revenge towards the person who wronged us. And if we give in to such behavior,  we become  exactly  as that  person who hurt us.  So the best answer to this is to be magnanimous and learn to rise above the waves of unkindness.  

This 2018, I will ensure to say a kind word to anyone who passes by,  and to anyone I neet along the way.  

Himalaya Herbal Products to Check Out

Lately, I am wanting to try more local beauty products in my home country Philippines. So I headed for Mercury Drugstore because I have been eyeing this brand for quite sometime. It’s called Himalaya Herbals. 

So far, reading the label, I found out that they don’t test on animals which is a good thing for me. Aside from that I noticed that the price is affordable as well, less than 200 Philippine Pesos (approximately US $ 3.00). Himalaya Herbals is perfect for skin -conscious people on a tight budget.

Here are some of the products that I will try. I will give my review about them in future posts. I am so excited to give my feedback. 

For more information about Himalaya Herbals, please visit the Himalaya Herbals Philippines Facebook page.  

Get Better this 2018

How was 2017 for you? Personally I think I think it’s a comme çi comme ça year for me.  A standstill moment. In other words, I’ve hit a plateau.  I am still waiting for my breakthrough. 

I think one mistake people are doing is that when they hit a plateau,  they stop and do nothing. I’ve been in that situation. I think the better thing to do is to pause and reflect on what you’re going to do next. In other words,  you got find something else to do.


In spite of the flat line events of our lives, this situation calls for a proactive and prudent decision. Think of rut moments as being in the airport,  waiting for our flight,  and while we do so,  we find something productive to do. It’s not being idle,  staring at the starry sky. 

 However,  I suggest that activities you choose are those that can make you a better person. I remember a Blogapalooza speaker named Carlo Ople quote from one of his favorite authors ( I forgot the author,  my bad)  that if you want to be good at something,  you gotta spend 10,000 hours learning it.  

Man,  that is a tall order.  I want to challenge myself next to do something better,  and end as a more awesome version of myself,  as How I Met Your Mother character Barney Stinson exudes awesomeness. Keep the faith everyone!  

Christmas in the Philippines (Part 2)

More places here are decorating and preparing for Christmas. The City Hall of Paranaque has started to put up their own display.  I am glad to live nearby because U was able to take photos with gusto.

I wish I had a better camera when I captured these images. Oh well,  this is better than no blog entry whatsoever.

Without further ado, here are some of the shots that I took with my smartphone.

Christmas Lantern display at the entrance of the City Hall lounge area

Christmas Tree 

The entire Christmas display behind the silhouette of the  statue of  Doctor Jose Rizal, touted as the Philippines’ National Hero.

Getting Over the Fear

They say that when you dream about water, it represents one thing: PROBLEM. There may be a problem in a person’s life right now. The severity of the problem can be seen with regards to the type of water that appears in the dream. Is it deep? Is it clean or dirty? For me, I think the water in my dream represents my fear.

This fear is deeply evident in my favorite book called The Velveteen Rabbit. Yes, I can relate with the little bunny here whose only wish is to be loved. He got the love from the most important people in his life. Yet there were some characters in the book that  made the bunny feel unloved.

There will be times that you will meet people who are brimming with negativity to the core. Name that character, they have it. Bad, crass, evil,  rude, and all other awful descriptions you can think of. Initially, the autopilot response is to be afraid. However, if we let their negative behavior affect us, we will be living in fear for the rest of our lives.

 

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For the last years of my life, Fear is that one thing I am having trouble with when I am about to start something new.  Next week, I am planning to look for employment. My options are in the BPO industry. I am considering working as an email support agent in either in Cubao or here in my hometown Paranaque. I am postponing my Nursing career because I have to renew my license, and update my skills. It’s been a long while since I have practiced my Nursing profession. I worked in a hospital for two years.

I have uncertainties in my head because I am in my late 30s. What if they don’t accept me?  Unfortunately, ageism is one concern that every Filipino person faces here in my country. Right now, I am working out my brains looking for ways to earn passive income that even when I retire, I can still earn and do the things that I love.

Why does fear persist? The reasons people have vary, and it’s all dependent upon their past life experiences related to anger, hate, shame or other life situations that others may deem as unworthy such as poverty, mishandled finances, relationship mistakes, and many more to mention. People have different responses to such crises. Some take the bull by the horns. Some choose to walk away from the problem. Some smile on the outside, but inside their being they are crushed.

Regardless of our circumstances, what is the answer to getting over fear? Simple. We have to acknowledge that we have this fear, yet we are going to do something about it.

I respect people’s coping mechanisms. I can’t force them to overcome it immediately especially if the life experience is a traumatic one. It needs time to be processed.

But the first step to dealing with the fear is to face it squarely. For starters, we need to have a life line. We need our support system for this situation. It can be anyone you trust, a family, a friend, a best friend, your spiritual director.  It’s up to you.  We all have a person who is our lifeline, right? I know it’s not easy, but it’s all about taking baby steps.

It’s not too late to start over. Face your fear. I am leaving you with an inspirational song from Clean Bandit’s Stronger, and Jess Glynne’s Hold My Hand, and Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

 

Credits:

YouTube Clean Bandit video link Stronger 

YouTube Jess Glynne Hold My Hand

YouTube Jess Glynne Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself 

The Velveteen Rabbit book cover  link