Thursday, October 28, 2010

Are Skin Toners Part of Proper Skin Care?

I remember going to the dermatologist for the first time when I was in college. My mom took me when she noticed I had very oily skin and big pores. Luckily, I didn’t have any pimples or acne, but my face was constantly an oil slick, particularly my T zone. After a facial treatment, the dermatologist explained to me the virtues of maintaining a proper skin regimen. She explained to me the importance of using a toner, especially for someone who had such oily skin like me.

I’m just happy that my mom cared for me enough to worry about my skin. =) Someday when my daughter is old enough, I will also do the same for her.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Getting into the Right Business

A few months ago, my sister gave me a copy of The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles. Basically, it is a book about the law of attraction. It tells of how a person can form anything through his thoughts…including riches. It is a really inspiring book, makes you believe that you can be abundant and rich, just by simply changing your attitude. I breezed through the whole book, but was stumped when I got to Chapter 13 Getting into the Right Business. It generally proposes that a person has better chances of getting rich when he is into the right business. According to the book, a person will do best in the business “which will use your strongest faculties – the one for which you are naturally best fitted”. I just couldn’t relate.

I always knew I wasn’t in the right business. I knew when I was in college, I knew after I graduated, and I, of course knew, when I was already working. I just felt I had no choice. A wake up call for me was when I read a statement in the book that states: You will get rich most easily in terms of effort, if you do that for which you are best fitted, but you will get rich most satisfactorily if you do that which you WANT to do. Ouch!

Doing what you want to do is life, and there is no real satisfaction in living if we are compelled to be forever doing something which we do not like to do, and can never do what we want to do. Double Ouch!

I knew I wanted to do something else. “Desire is the manifestation of power”.

I always knew I wanted to write. I may not be the best at it, but I am certainly better at it than in crunching numbers. I always knew I wanted a change. I always desired something else for me.

Thankfully an opportunity presented itself to me. Now I get to write articles about anything and everything I want to, without thinking about keywords and blogging niche. Now I get to do what I love (write), and earn from it. I feel happy. I feel fulfilled whenever I see that my article has been published.  I feel inspired again.

So now I am still stuck with the same old job, but I have hope, that things will change, that someday, when my skills are honed and I’m better at my craft, I will get rich most satisfactorily, doing what I WANT to do. (yoohoo, universe, are you listening?!?)


Monday, October 25, 2010

Homemade Remedy for Dry Hair and Scalp

A woman’s hair is her crowning glory. Every woman who cares enough about her beauty and appearance, also takes good care of her mane. Poor me. My hair has been in such a pitiful state these past few months. It has been ages since my last hair treatment. I just don’t have the time (and the budget) to go to the salon and have my hair treated. Thankfully I found this recipe for a homemade remedy for dry hair and scalp in this site. It is made of organic and all natural materials readily found around the house. I will definitely give this homemade conditioner a try. Hopefully it works for my hair, if so it wil be bye-bye dandruff and dry hair and my hair will be my crowning glory once again.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Photo Hunt: Orange

I know... i know. My entry is so expected... it's almost halloween and all, hence the pumpkins. Let me explain. In our country, halloween mostly means costumes and horror movies. Pumpkin carving is not part of our tradition, and i don't even think we have the type of pumpkin typically used for this purpose. Imagine my surprise when i saw these authentic carved pumpkins as part of a mall's decoration. I just had to take photos! I usually just see them in movies and magazines.
And then i went to the grocery and this is what i saw: decorative gourds for sale for 200 Pesos per kilo. They are cutest little pumpkins ever! They are meant as decors and apparently they can stay fresh for as long as 2-3 months.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Chamber of Horror at Eastwood City

Contact your friends now and schedule a trip to the latest horror craze that has hit the metro. Dare to enter the Chamber of Horror at Eastwood City Walk 2. Now Open from 4-11pm beginning today until October 31!

For info, contact (02) 709-0888 • 709-9888 • 0917-8380111 or head on to their site:

Friday, October 22, 2010

An Ode to My Afternoon Coffee


I love my coffee. I like my coffee black and extremely warm. Not necessarily scalding hot, but extremely, jerk-you-back-to-reality kind of warm. As I stir, I savor the aroma wafting from my ancient porcelain coffee mug to my eager nostrils. On a particularly chilly day at the office (like today), hot coffee offers comfort to my freezing hands. I embrace my icy fingers around my coffee mug and immediately I am enveloped with warmth and joy that radiates from my fingers to my toes. I take my first sip, and I alternately endure and enjoy the searing pain on my lips and my tongue. A small sacrifice in exchange for the privilege to savor the bitter taste of coffee that is just so good.

This is my tribute to pure, bitter, good old fashioned coffee. May you continue to warm both my heart and my tummy.

Monday, October 18, 2010

October 2010 Certified Public Accountant Board Exam Results Released in One (1) Day

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 3,973 out of 8,216 passed the Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination for October 2010.

Check out the links here:




Congratulations to all new CPAs!

Hello Stormy Monday!

Traffic was horrendous today. Not very surprising for a Monday morning, but it was quite surprising for a stormy morning when school on some levels have been suspended.

Classes are suspended because we are bracing ourselves as super typhoon “Juan” (international name “Megi”), with winds up to more than 250 kilometers per hour makes landfall today, October 18, 2010.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) placed the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela under public storm signal no. 4.

PAGASA said the wind strength of Juan could uproot trees, blow away houses made of light material, trigger landslides, and cause storm surges in coastal areas.

PAGASA has placed Batanes, including the Calayan and Babuyan groups of islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Quirino and northern Aurora under Signal No. 3.

The provinces of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Abra, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya and the rest of Aurora was placed under Signal No. 2.

Pagasa has placed the provinces of Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija and Polillo Island under Signal No. 1.

Metro Manila, on the other hand, is not expected to be affected by the typhoon but disaster and rescue authorities are not taking any chances.

Residents from flood-prone areas like Marikina and Cainta have learned our lessons when Typhoon Ondoy wreaked havoc last September 2009, wherein thousands of families lost homes and properties and hundreds lost their lives. Local government from these areas swears that they now have competent contingency measures (both high tech and low tech) in place just in case we are also affected by typhoon Juan.

Here’s to hoping typhoon Juan changes his mind and his course, and leave the Philippine area of responsibility with the least damage and inconvenience possible.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Photohunt : Miniature

Last august, we attended the 3rd CAMPI Philippine International Motor show. Hubby is such a car enthusiast that the moment we stepped in the venue, he was in heaven. A part of the car show is a gallery of miniature cars and garages. here is a sample. Our little girl loved this part of the exhibit ... she thought they were toys! =)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Things I Need to Do

I've never been that good in goal setting and multi-tasking. That is why i have accumulated several things on my To Do list:

  • Upload pictures on my webshots profile. I have a pro account, i might as well maximize its use.
  • Update my blogs. I need to beef 'em up for adsense moolah.
  • Organize my closet.
  • Read my books.
  • Practice writing everyday.
  • Take more pictures. the little girl is growing up fast, and i have not been as dedicated in documenting her growth as I should be.
  • Scrap.

Oh well...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

BGC Photowalk Oct 16-17 2010

Bonifacio Global City (BGC) holds a Photowalk with advertising digital photographer Francis Abraham and advertising photographer Jay Tablante. Abraham and Tablante will share tips and techniques on digital photography. Participants will learn about landscape photography, maximizing digital camera features, and blending artistry and technology. On Oct. 16, Tablante takes participants to a photowalk of the interactive art pieces in Bonifacio High Street. On Oct. 17, Abraham will lead the group’s photowalk around BGC to capture the beauty of the monumental public art pieces installed in the district. Registration is at 3 p.m., Bonifacio High Street B8, Tensile Fabric on the same dates. No fees are required. These photowalks are good learning sessions, especially for those participating in the ongoing Click BGC photo competition.


The Risen Christ and Me

This afternoon, instead of my usual routine of eating my snack at the canteen, I decided to go to the chapel here in the office. I can’t explain it, but for some odd reason, I felt the need to go up there.

The chapel was thankfully empty. I had in my hand my St. Padre Pio medal and novena. For the first time in a very long while, I really prayed. I had no particular reason for being there. I had no really pressing concern aside from the usual stuff. And yet I found myself kneeling on the front pew and praying my heart out. I prayed my novena prayer, then I talked/prayed to Mama Mary and then to Jesus Christ, and I immediately felt lighter. I looked into the Risen Christ’s image, with His open arms, His forgiving face, and I felt comforted.

God has His ways, and this is probably His way of calling me, quieting me down and wanting to be alone with me…Usually I go about with this heavy feeling in my heart, and yet in those few minutes that I looked into the Risen Christ’s eyes, I felt …clean…and happy… and wanted…

Thank you Lord for this feeling. Thank you Lord for taking the time to call me from my busy schedule to talk to me.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cebu Pacific Air Fun Tours

If you are looking for the cheapest round trip airfare and lowest accommodation on hotels, you can check Cebu Pacific Fun Tours on Sale. There are a lot more that awaits you with Cebu Pacific Promo Fun Tours. If you want a dinner cruise or a city tour or outdoor activities and even entrance fees the some the best theme parks, then try Cebu Pacific Air Fun Tours.

Check out some of the Fun Tours on Sale Promo this October 2010.

Fun Tours on Sale
• Manila to Laoag 3D2N from P1,990 per pax
• Manila to Davao 3D2N from P4,218 per pax
• Manila to Dumaguete 3D2N from P6,718 per pax

Best Hotels Deals
• Bangkok hotels from P3,226 per night
• Busuanga hotels from P2,827 per night
• Beijing hotels from P2,379 per night
• Bacolod hotels from P1,212 per night

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Attention All Women : October is Breast Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And we are again reminded of this fact through pink ribbons and pink what-have-yous. Next month, we will celebrate my mom’s 12th death anniversary. She too succumbed to the deadly disease. So the Breast Cancer Endeavor is really close to my heart, and I am happy that there are a lot of supporters of this movement.

That’s why I was so happy when I found out a major brand like Sketchers also support the Breast Cancer Awareness Month that will definitely benefit a lot of women out there. In fact, Sketchers is taking it a step higher by launching a limited edition shoe that will show support for the movement.

Skechers’ revolutionary Shape-Ups technology simulates barefoot walking on soft ground such as sand—which helps promote weight loss, tones leg and butt muscles, improves posture, reduces stress on knees and ankle joints, among a long list of proven benefits. The super-soft kinetic wedge and rocker bottom technology that allows Shape-Ups to offer all these benefits also make the shoes very comfortable.

The limited edition Shape-Ups Awareness—specifically designed to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month on October has already hit Philippine shelves.
For every purchase of the shoe, Skechers will donate $10 to I Can Serve Foundation Inc., a local organization that promotes breast cancer awareness for early detection and prevention. The shoe features a distinct pink ribbon that signifies our support for the campaign against breast cancer.

Now isn’t that just wonderful? One can enjoy the benefits of a good and comfortable pair of shoes while given the chance to touch the lives of millions of women who are at risk of breast cancer everyday.

Skechers’ Limited Edition Shape-Ups Awareness are available in the following Skechers stores: TriNoma, Glorietta 5, Market! Market!, Festival Supermall, Marquee Mall, Ayala Center Cebu and other leading department stores.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Celebrate 10.10.10 with Caltex

The Surprising Offer!
HSBC cardholders get to pay only PHP10.00/liter, up to a maximum of 30 liters of any CALTEX fuel type (i.e., Gold, Silver, or Diesel).

Who Qualifies?
Other than being a Caltex patron, cardholders* must use his/ her HSBC credit card in the fuel purchase. Marshals are also assigned in the area to screen the cardholders based on the following:

· must present a valid HSBC credit card;
· must be present in the queue within the specified time as announced on radio and shown at the on-site timer during the event; and
· can only avail of the offer once during the event.

When and Where?
The fuel sale will happen on 10-10-10! Listen to RX 93.1 or Magic 89.9 and wait for the DJ to announce what time you should head on to 10 participating Caltex stations within Metro Manila.
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