Catching Up: Going Back to Basics.

Catching Up: Going Back to Basics.

Practicality is a big word for me. I’m not sure if you will call it being thrifty or cheapskate. But who cares? if we alll know that the value of our money decreases over time. When it comes to my personal care needs I make
sure that #1 it is AFFORDABLE. I have spent my money on products that I’ll just once or thrice then just toss or dump it somewhere in my room, I’ve realized over time that I don’t need to spend extra more money on basic personal care or hygienic products I use on a daily basis. Well if there are cheaper alternate products I can use with same function and quality.

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So Soft Wet Wipes (Lemon Scented, it also has the unscented variant).
Suited for makeup removal. I use this after I got home from work to remove my makeup and any traces of dirt on my face. For just 29 bucks at Watsons (orig.price is 35). It has 20 wipes in one pack . Compared to what i usually purchased at Watsons which is 45pesos for 2 packs of makeup remover wipes which 10 wipes per pack. For me, makeup removers shouldn’t need to be fancy unless your skin is really senstive. Others actually just use regular baby wipes as their makeup remover. Anyways, you still wash off your face after.

Eskinol Spotless C Calamansi Toner
Yeah this one is just 29 bucks too. I opted for this instead of purchasing another bottle of Kojie San Toner which is 43 or 44 Pesos. It might be a bit a harsh on your skin but this toner claims to lighten blemishes or dark spots and even whiten your skin. I just don’t see any need to buy Kojie San Toner even though I love the product, My mild acne or pimple still shows up once in a while. What made me decide to reunite with this toner is because of an IG post of a blogger whose acne was worst back then. I asked her what toner she use and she said Eskinol Spot Less C. It removes any traces of dirt and makeup on my face well. Lightening? I don’t know I still rely on my TRETINOIN CREAM 0.025% for my acne blemishes or redness.

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119 Pesos Lippies

LA Colors Matte Lipstick ( Shade: Caramel Cream)
I was browsing thru Zalora’s online shop when LA Color Lipsticks catches my eye because of course it is affordable. I got my first LA Colors lipstick which is the Moisturizing Variant, shade is Pink Sand, But I didn’t like it since it is too shiny on my lips and the color makes me look pale. So I got this Matte variant of theirs. The shade Caramel Cream suits my skin tone. It is more on the coral shade I think, I’m sorry I’m not familiar with how to categorize lipstick shades. But I love the color on my lips. Being a cheap lipstick it is the color will not lasts on your lips. You may need to reapply it as needed.

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LA Colors Moisturizing Lipstick. Shade is Pink Sand. 119 Pesos only.

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LA Colors Matte Lipstick in Caramel Cream. 119 Pesos only.

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Other shades to choose from LA Colors Matte Lipstick.

Avon Simply Pretty Sweet & Sassy Split Lipstick

I’m not sure how long this product has been in Avon but I just discovered this a few days ago after borrowing a colleague’s brochure. What made me order it is because it has 2 shades in one lipstick for a price of one, It has 3 shades: Passionate Pinks, Rich Reds and Captivating Corals. I choose Rich Reds because the colors are bolder and fierce, I didn’t go wrong because I was looking for a shade of lipstick that is more on the Berry shades. I was also surprised that this lipstick is pigmented and semi matte, Longevity is 4/5. I was surprised that after 4 hours I still can see the color on my lips. I was planning on purchasing the Captivating Corals shade. Well, I hope they still have it in their upcoming brochures. Guys this lippie is worth a try for 119 pesos only.

ITS LIKE BUYING 2 LIPSTICKS IN ONE PRICE!!!!

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Avon Simply Pretty Sweet & Sassy Split Lipstick in Rich Reds. (1st swatch: DARK, 2nd swatch: LIGHT, 3rd swatch: COMBINED)

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Avon Simply Pretty Sweet & Sassy Split Lipstick available in Avon brochures.

Lipsticks on my Lips

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From the top: LA Colors Moisturizing Lipstick in Pink Sand LA Colors Matte Lipstick in Caramel Cream Avon Simply Pretty Sweet & Sassy Split Lipstick (left and right shades)

BodyXpert Stretch Mark Lotion

Long ago, I’ve posted a review on an anti-stretchmark topical treatment known in most countries around the world. The brand is called Bio Oil. I’ve consumed 2 bottles where each bottle costs P495.00 which for me is quite hefty. But thinking how the product goes a long way, you just need to save up at least P150 each month to be able to purchase a new one. On my case, since I wasn’t able to save up that amount due to unexpected expenses, I stopped using it. It indeed help in my stretchmarks dilemma but not to the extent that it erased or diminished those lines. I mean if you’ve read my post or review about this product there is no topical or over the counter treatment that will eliminate it in an instant. Sort of like your fairy godmother uses her magic wand and does it all for you.
I stopped looking for treatments since all of the products you can find at a local drugstore are priced almost the same (P400 plus and up). But just this Sunday, I was surprised to find a stretchmark product that really suits my budget. My boyfriend and I went to Watsons Megamall after watching a movie so that I can buy him a nose pack that I’m using. As I got what I’ve been aiming to buy, I was trying to look around and luckily got to the section of stretchmark products. As I said to myself, yeah they’re all priced the same (Glyderm, Bio Oil, Palmers). To my surprise this product catch my eye. The brand seems new to me since this is the first time I saw this at Watsons. I checked the price, I was in awe how affordable it is add to that that it is discounted also, I even verified it to the sales rep. if the price is correct. So without hesitation I grab it and pay for it.

BodyXpert Stretch Mark Lotion

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What the box looks like. It is very sleek and sort of eye catching.

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At the back of the box,where you can find the information and what the product is made of.

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Unboxing. This is what it looks like inside a tube containing 120ml. of the product.

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This is what the product looks like.

Product Features
BodyXpert Stretch Mark Lotion is enriched with Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E that help reduce the appearance of stretchmarks.
This is just a partial review so far since I just started using it.

Pros:

Easily absorbed by the skin. The consistency is runny that is why during application the skin absorbs it easily
It is non sticky and non-greasy.
The smell is nice. When I open the flip top tube, I immediately check on the smell.
Packaging is good. For this product so affordable, I cannot complain about the packaging, The box looks sleek.The tube is not messy.
Very affordable. It is discounted at a price of P119 from P149. Even though it is priced at P149 I would still purchase it.
Is it effective? As I mentioned from my previous review or blog about Bio Oil, there is no topical product that would diminish stretchmarks completely, In my almost 3 weeks of using this product, my tummy felt smooth and soft for almost 8-10 hours. It seems to lighten it also but not to an extent. I’m not sure if this would change if I continue using it for months. Let’s see. But honestly, I’m quite impressed on how this product performs. I’m not expecting too much from it since this is really cheap compared to most anti stretchmark products in the market.

Cons:
My only complain so far is the accessibility or availability of this product in the market. It seems to me that you can only purchase this at Watsons and probably at SM Dept. Stores.
From the looks of it, the stocks might be limited.

Recommendations: As it says in the packaging, you can use this before, during and after pregnancy. I would highly recommend this to moms or mom to be out there who are budget conscious
like me. Instead of jumping to high end stretchmarks treatment you can try this as a start.
**I would be updating this post after few months of usage.

Our Typical Sunday

Sundays, usually spend it with your family. But for me, I spend it with my boyfie. It is given the fact that I spend 6 days with family and dogs.:)

So my boyfriend and I went to our usual hang out place ( that where he prefers to go out on a Sunday) Greenhills. Since it is just a 20 minute car ride  from this condo and the parking most of the time is not a hassle.

I accompany him going around tiangges inside the Greenhills mall. There area really lots of things to choose from in Greenhills. From shoes, clothes, bags,etc you name it. But before the tiring stroll inside the mall we went to eat out Hakaw (our favorite) which is only 60 pesos (4pcs). I forgot the name of that stall but the Hakaw is good and affordable.(sorry I wasn’t able to take a photo). Knowing my boyfriend who really eats a lot, he boguht 4 pcs. of California Maki. Then he asked me after that if I want fries? I said NO!!!!! LOL…

After endless checking at different stalls and tiangges. He bought 2 shirts and an electronic shaver. Enough of that though (hehe..), the highlight of the day is our dinner at Everything at Steak.

ADS will end in 10 sec. (LOL)….. (my FOTD Sunday)

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What it looks like iinside. Image Source: https://www.zomato.com/photos/pv-res-6304176-r_NzMwMzY4OTg0OD#

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This is not their MENU though. A list of the food they served. Image Source: https://www.zomato.com/manila/everything-at-steak-little-baguio-san-juan-city/menu#tabtop

CK39BTpUEAA8CZ_   Everything at Steak has 3 branches But this one is at  Continental Court, 47 Annapolis, Greenhills.  I ordered their Liempo, and  Twice Baked Potato. My boyfriend ordered T Bone Steak ( I think, LOL) and Meatball.

The food is tastes great. The meal is quite heavy. I think the meatball pasta which on the 2nd quadrant below is the bomb!! It is really cheesy. The Twice Baked Potato is nice too though I find the dressing on top quite sour. I was actually expecting it to be cheesy but  not. I also like the fact that their food is affordable.  Each of their steak comes with a side dish already. Their steaks cost less than 300 bucks. You can never go wrong with their food. If you’re on a hunt for a place to eat GOOD FOOD yet not hefty then consider this is on your list.

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Oldie But Goodie. #ChildhoodMemories

As I was getting bored, tried thinking of something to watch over YouTube. Suddenly, this Japanese animated series came to my mind. I remember this as being aired on one of our local TV channels. As far as I remember it was during elementary days or probably High School days.

Miracle Girls
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Year: 1993
Series: 51 episodes, 25 min.
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Studio: Asatsu DK
Director: Annou Takashi
Description:
Mikage and Tomomi Matsunaga are Mirace Girls, they have a telepathic link with each other and can teleport when they link their little fingers. Tomomi is a sports star and has a boyfriend called Noda. Mikage is the smartest student in the school and is in love with her sempai. He moved to Londonto study but they still kept in touch, that is until a selfishprincess called Marie decides that he should come with her back to Diammas. Back in Japan the twins are having various problems of their own. But they soon realise that there is a link between Marie, an ancient legend and a girl they know called Emma.

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Mikage (left ), Tomomi (right)


It is really fun and enjoy watching one of your favorite childhood animated series. I prefer this kind of genre when it comes to Japanese. I know this one has a bit fantasy in it since we all know teleporting is mere impossible. But I like that it has comedy and romance involved in the characters. Good thing it has English Subtitle on each episodes. I think it is better learning Japanese language and not relying on subtitles since it is painstaking finding it in Youtube. 🙂

Please feel free to share any other animated series that I can watch.

You can watch these series via http://en.animesoul.tv/drama/713-miracle-girls.html#.Va1ygfmqpBd

Compared to Youtube, this one has each episode all in one unlike the ones in YT wherein each ep. is split into two.

I came across this old Japanese animated series via the site : en.animesoul.tv

Brother, Dear Brother
Oniisama E…
To My Brother…
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Year: 1991
Series: 39 episodes, 25 min.
Age restriction: 13+
Studio: Tezuka Productions
Director: Osamu Dezaki
Description:
When starting at a new school, Nanako is thrust into the world of female rivalry and love. She is choosen into theSorority, giving her an enviable postition according to all the girls left out. However, since Nanako is not from a wealthy family, most girls find it unfair that she was choosen. Nanako is left to protect herself from wicked rumors and mean plots to make her leave the school. Along with her best friend since preschool, and new friends made along the way, she uncovers the past of some of the more popular girls in school and on her journey through highschool she learns of love, loss and her own family’s secrets…
Yuri (百合 ?, “lily”), also known by the wasei-eigo construction Girls’ Love (ガールズラブ, gāruzu rabu ?), is a Japanese jargon term for content and a genre involving love between women in manga, anime, and related Japanese media.
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   I really like the story of this one. At first, it would be a bit confusing in terms of some of the characters sexuality. That is why the series why is under the genre Yuri.What makes it unique somehow is it uses symbols and poetic passages on each episode.It has a bit of comedy but mostly drama, romance/love and tragedy.

Something to Try: PureDerm Exfoliating Pore Cleansing Pad

I came about this product via an Instagram post by one of my friends in IG (@greenappletini). She posted a photo of her favorite makeup wipes brand PureDerm. What catches my eye is the Exfoliating Pore Cleansing Pad. It was like wow!(something new to try). Coincidentally, I forgot my makeup remover wipes at home. I was spending my long weekend(due to 4th of July) at my boyfriend’s condo. When we went to Greenhills to eat our lunch/dinner I dropped by at Watsons to buy this. Yeah, I was really itching to get a hold of this.

PUREDERM Exfoliating Pore Cleansing Pad

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Photo 1: What the packaging looks like. Photo 2 (1st quadrant to the right): The front side I think. Photo 3 (2nd quadrant): back side of the pad. Photo 4 (last quadrant): After using the pad.

* Dual-sided and pre-moistened Purederm Exfoliating Pore Cleansing Pad, enriched with Aloe, Collagen, Witch Hazel and Hylaruonic Acid, is designed to clean deep down to the pores leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. This pads is textured on one side to gently exfoliate and smooth on the other side to lift away dirt, oil, and make-up that can clog pores and cause breakouts.
How to Use

①Lift the front seal and pull out one pad.
②Gently wipe over eyelids & around the eyes to remove make-up.
③Make sure to reseal the pack after each use. Dispose of pads in trash receptacle(do not flush).

What I love….

  • I’m  surprised on how it removes all the makeup on my face although the pad is pre -moistened or a bit dry.
  • The pad is very handy. It is the exact size of a usual cotton pads.
  • Non-irritating and hypoallergenic.
  • My face felt smooth and soft after using this.

What I quite don’t like..

  • The smell is not nice. Exact smell of a PESTO SAUCE.
  • It is quite pricey for me though it is Php 29.00 only. But if you are planning to use this often it is not budget friendly compared to using your regular makeup remover wipes.
  • What I don’t like about the packaging is the back side contains a lot of texts or information to think that is printed in tiny letters,.I can’t easily find the instruction on how to use it.
  • Only available at Watsons or SM Dept.Stores( with limited stocks I think, i got the last pc. at Greenhills branch)

Clip on how I use this pad. My video sucks I know.. LOL

FOOD EATS: LE CHING TEA HOUSE VS. LUK YUEN

My boyfriend and I share a common thing, WE LOVE FOOD. I think this is one of the things that eat up most of my budget and his as well. But we don’t regret it since FOOD is one of our topmost basic needs. Enough said 🙂 , we also do our sundate thingy and that means eating on one of our face restos. These Chinese restos is quite popular here in the Philippines. Filipinos love Chinese food from the basic dimsum which we called ‘siomai”  to own version of Congee which we called  ” lugaw”.  Chinese had influenced much of our Filipino dishes.

There’s More to Hot Noodles at Luk Yuen!

Deer Garden, otherwise known as Luk Yuen has performed the art of popular Chinese cooking and transformed its conception of food into something truly distinctive.

From its modest beginnings in 1981 as a traditional noodle house, Luk Yuen has since grown beyond its favored specialties of congee, noodles and dimsum. Its vision was to deliver Chinese comfort food that focused primarily on quality, freshness, consistency and affordability. Today, Luk Yuen works towards that same principle – keeping to heart its background based on home-style, authentic cooking despite its transformation into a full service Chinese restaurant.

Luk Yuen embodies the warm, casual familiarity of a classic and well-loved noodle house. Diners come assured on any occasion that they can rely on finding the same comfort in their favorite dishes that are offered with the restaurant’s warm service and unwavering standard of quality.

Its menu answers for more than just a satisfying meal. Expertly specialized recipes devote themselves to taste and indulge any appetite with a love for flavor, going lengths beyond what is expected from just a simple bowl of noodles.

After almost three decades and counting, there’s truly more to hot noodles at Luk Yuen.

               MENU FROM LUK YUEN

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Le Ching Tea House also serves almost the same variety of food as Luk Yuen.  There are just few small difference on the menu and the taste.

MENU FROM LE CHING TEA HOUSE

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These are the food that we usually order from both restos:I wasn’t able to take a photo of the Hakaw (from Le Ching) because that is the first thing they serve and since we didn’t take our lunch we immediately ate it. LOL

From Le Ching Tea House

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Halo Halo Noddle Soup. It has dumplings, beef brisket, etc.

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Chicken Feet

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Halo Halo Congee – my BF ordered this.

 From Luk Yuen.

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Hakaw and Spare Ribs

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Congee for my BF again.

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Chicken Strips Noodle Soup for me again. LOL

TASTE

  •  Both restos’ Hakaw, tastes the same ( really good). For me, I would prefer Luk Yuen over Le Ching Tea House. The noodles is better at Luk Yeun but Le Ching’s is good too. Both restos have the best chilli sauce. 🙂

SERVINGS

  • Le Ching only has one size serving compared to Luk Yuen wherein they have small and regular sizes for their congee and noodles. It is better for me having options when it comes to size servings since I don’t eat heavy on one meal.

AMBIANCE

  • Both restos where situated in Greenhills but there are other branches also. My first Luk Yuen encounter is in Mega Mall.Luk Yuen has a better ambiance than Le Ching. Le Ching has like a carinderia type of place. I’m not sensitive to places but that is just my observation.

PRICE

  • Luk Yuen is cheaper than Le Ching. If you check their menus above. I’m not sure on their other dishes though.

SERVICE

  • The waiters or servers are nice and accommodating. One thing that you might not like in Luk Yuen since lots of people are coming in, is the wait time. I think most of the time especially if it is on a weekend or family day their resto is jam packed.

Both restos offers good quality Chinese food. You can never go wrong and your money is worth it. Another Chinese resto we love is Won Ton in Greenhills too. Their rice spareribs and hakaw it too die for.

Ow. By the way, I just want to share the best Baked Mussels I’ve tried so far. I wanna brag it because of the size. It is bigger than the normal mussels I ate. My boyfriend introduce me to this restobar in G/F Restaurant Row, Liberty Center, Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City, Wack-Wack, 1550 called GOOGEL ( I didn’t mispell the famous search engine Google).  It is an open space area infront of Puregold Shaw. Very relaxing and laid back. Plus, the live bands are really awesome. They perform old school schools.

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Googel’s version of Baked Mussels. Perfect with ice cold beer.

You may want to share with me where was your recent eats here in Metro Manila? 🙂

The 10 Most Compelling ‘Unsolved Mysteries’

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The 10 Most Compelling 'Unsolved Mysteries'The Best of Unsolved Mysteries

If you’re anything like me, you got your youthful distrust in the world from watching Unsolved Mysteries. As a child of the 90s, holding out hope that one day you might solve a mystery is sometimes the only thing that gets you through the day.

If I could have chosen my own grandpa, it would have been that trenchcoat wearing badass Robert Stack, not even a question. I am the hyper-vigilant person I am today because of my longstanding UM addiction. I consider myself the foremost expert on all things Unsolved.

What you are about to read is not a news broadcast. I have compiled the ten most compelling Mysteries and the lesson to be learned therein. Also, I threw a bit of mysterious Stack trivia so salacious it might be the best Mystery of all.

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1. The Circleville Letters

Why So Mysterious:

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