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Thursday, August 29, 2013


Ever since I heard this song, ROAR by Katy Perry, it has been running through my head over and over.  My last song syndrome.  This song really hit home to me.  Sure, the tone is very catchy, but to me it is more than that.  I can truly relate to the lyrics.

I dedicate this song to myself, to Jellybelly, my family, our theme song after all that I've/we've been through.  Really, I can beat my sickness, I know it cause I am a CHAMPION!  This also goes out to those who are fighting and still fighting, we can do it! Let us not just be a statistic, and we can BEAT IT!  God is good, just BELIEVE!!!

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held me down, but I got up
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
Louder, louder than a lion
Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar

Now I’m floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero

You held me down, but I got up
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You'll hear me ROAR
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You're gonna hear me ROAR...

Roar-or, roar-or, roar-or, roar-or, roar-or

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me ROAR
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You'll hear me ROAR
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You're gonna hear me ROAR...
P.S. Images are from Google

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Perk Me Up Smoothie

I have been feeling sad for the past couple of days.  I have just learned that my dad suffered a mild stroke.  Thank God he is okay now.  The labs showed no clots, which is a good thing.  He had a right hemiplegia, meaning weakness on the right side.  His blood pressure went up, and he spent a few days in the hospital, but now he is out of harms way as he is now stable.  In times like this, I wish I'm with them.

I am praying with the right meds, diet, exercise, and a good dose of LOVE, he will get better since it is just a mild stroke.  Good thing my sister is a physical therapist, that and her friends who are so selfless in extending their help - cardiologist, speech therapist and occupational therapist.  Thank you Lord for friends, bless their kind souls.

Anyway moving on, I have prepared a healthy smoothie and hopefully my sister and mom will also prepare this for my dad.

What you will need:

One cup frozen strawberries, would have been nicer if you can get fresh strawberries

Around three to four bananas

Half a glass of soy milk (I use Silk or SoyFresh) or any milk of your choice

Put everything in the blender.  Optional:  You can add a heaping tablespoon of Muscovado/brown sugar or peanut butter (we ran out of peanut butter, hehe).  You can also add water if you don't want the smoothie too creamy (my ratio: 1 glass of water to 1/2 glass of soya milk).  

You can also add ice cubes.

This is actually good as it fills you up, plus you'll get a lot of vitamins and minerals from the strawberries, bananas and milk.

Easy smoothie to jump start your day!  I hope you get to try it :) 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Nichido Gorgeous Eye Pencil Girls Night Out

I really don't put a lot of makeup on an everyday basis as I stay home most days.  Whenever I go out, on weekends for grocery shopping or going on dates with Jellybelly or sometimes I need to do errands, etc.  I just put on lip and cheek tint, powder foundation and lip salve, that's it.  But sometimes I want to add just a pop of color to my eyes.  No, not eyeshadows as I only put them when attending special occasions. 

I just discovered Nichido Gorgeous Eye Pencil Girls Night Out.

These are colored eye pencils.  Inexpensive at 80 pesos each and can be bought at Watson's and SM stores.  On one end is the pencil tip while the other is the rubber smudger, though I find the smudger to be of no use as it is quite hard and just removes the color.

You can use these to line you upper and lower lash line for a fun look.  On my oily lids they stay for 4 hours and fades a little bit.  What I do is, I dab a bit of powder first on my lids prior to applying so it has something to grab on to, as my lids are pretty oily.  I think one can use this as a base for eyeshadows, though I haven't tried that yet.

Swatches:  05 Vivid Turquoise, 06 Deep Plum, 01 Bronze Glow, 02 24 K, 02 Deep Blonde and 03 Cool Blue.

My favorites are Vivid Turquoise, Deep Plum and 24 K as these tend to show up more and makes for a fun, happy look. :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Basic Makeup Tools

With nothing much to do for the past few days because of the monsoon rains, I had the chance to sort out my stuff.  I do own a few makeup brushes - nothing grand.  Once in a while I get to practice my, uhmm mediocre makeup application skills, hah!  When I attended my cousin's wedding, I decided to do my own hair and makeup, hopefully I didn't look like a clown in the pictures.  I figured it was time to show off what I've been practicing all along, thanks to YouTube gurus - that and I was trying to save PPP for my kikay fund, harhar!

Of course, nothing beats clean fingers when applying makeup, but having a few brushes will come in handy(hehe) as well.

To keep off dirt, I store them in a clear zip top plastic envelope, which I sanitize always with alcohol.

Pink eyelash curler and pencil sharpener from The Face Shop, which I had for years.  It curls pretty well and fits my eyes, doesn't pinch.

Face brushes:
Etude House Dual fiber brush - I got two, one to blend and the other as a spare - haha.  When I'm lazy I just use this brush for foundation, powder, blush and for blending - multipurpose.

Etude House Foundation brush - It sheers out the foundation, which I like, so you can layer on without looking like a geisha (no offense).

Clinique Blush Brush - the other end is for contour, the other for regular blush application.  This brush I had on for years, a freebie.

My "tall" eyebrushes:

Fashion 21 eyeshadow brush - good for giving a wash of color on the eyelids.

Ever Bilena - good for packing in the eye shadow color, or sometimes since it's quite pointy, i use this to line my eyes.

Elf Blending Brush - Pfffttt! never mind, so scratchy that I don't use this.

Vintage Estee Lauder Brush - fits my eyelids, good for blending - this one mysteriously disappeared from my mom's kit and found it's home in mine.

The "cream" brushes:

Life & Companion Brushes - I had these for years already, used as crease brush.

Estee Lauder Brush - another eyeshadow brush, can be used for blending since its fluffy.  Another brush I "borrowed" from my mom.

The "black" eye brushes:

Paganini Angled Eyeshadow Brush - used to sweep color (I like to use this one on lazy days).

Generic Brow Shader, Countour Shader, Dome Shaped brush

Brow Brush and Comb - for well groomed eyebrows, can also be used to remove clumps on eyelashes from mascara.

My vintage Caboodles, where I keep all my makeup.  This one I had since college days.

It has two "trays" on top which you could swing sideways to reveal the bottom part.  If you notice, I have an old tube of Sugary Baby Pink Ink, I don't want to throw it away for me not to forget this brand.  It's one of the best lip and cheek tint in my opinion.  It has long been empty. 

The messy bottom part.

Some of my brushes are really old.  Thankfully, they haven't shed and still retained their shape.  I take care of them by giving them a good wash using baby shampoo, either Johnson's or Nivea. 

That's about it.  Thanks for reading lovelies!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


It has been raining nonstop for the past few days, monsoon season is upon us once again.  All classes are suspended and even work.  We are glued on TV watching reports, many areas are now submerged and people needing help.  Let's extend help in any way we can.

I thank God for keeping us safe and dry.  My mom's house (southern part of Metro Manila) and our own house (Laguna), thank God are okay.  We have been calling and texting family and friends, they are all okay.  Thank God!

I also pray that all of you are safe and warm!

Sending you my home-made egg drop soup


slightly burned French toast.

I know we can rise above this calamity.  Filipinos are very resilient people!  I hope that we can learn once again to take care and value our environment more than anything.  Hoping that Mr. Sun would shine down once again.

"If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain."

Thursday, August 15, 2013

No Cook Congee

It was raining one time, Jellybelly wanted me to cook congee.  Who wouldn't want congee or anything soupy on cold damp weather right?  Something to warm the tummy.  I was feeling lazy that time (who wouldn't want to snuggle under the covers when it's raining!) and being the lazy cook that I am, I thought hard and went into our mini pantry.

So here's what I've come up:

Instant Oatmeal - yes, the "just pour hot water" type - around 5-6 tablespoons

Ginger, egg, scallions, fried garlic/garlic chips and any other toppings you want hmm - chicharon - which I've omitted.  

So, once you have all of that prepared, just combine the ginger and oatmeal in a bowl.

Pour hot water and cover.  Consistency of the porridge depends on how soupy you want it to be, you can add more hot water or if you want it thick just put less water.  Wait for 3 minutes.

Put all the toppings.  Flavor with salt or fish sauce and a dash of pepper.

So easy right?  Serve with a smile!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

15 Minutes of Fame

Dear Darling Troll,

For the past three days, you have been lambasting me on my Facebook account leaving private hate messages at first and now posting rude comments/nasty remarks that only you can think of, you little devil you.  Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to get worked up over this.  In fact, I feel so honored that you're giving your precious attention to little old me.  So sorry I've been busy living my life.  I know who you are, no need to hide under your false name.  I'm not even involved in the issues you are throwing at me to begin with, I guess that's just how your brain cells work.  I'm not blaming you.  So sorry that you can't move on even if the issues you're accusing my mom had been settled legally. 

I've thought of calling the troll police about this, but I guess I'll just let you have your day.  Just huff and puff all you want until you turn blue or green, which ever color you prefer, but I think green suits you more.  

Are you happy now?  My friends and family all showed love and concern, I hope your troll friends did the same for you.

Time's up!  Now go hide under a rock.

Just remember darling Troll, whatever you do will bounce right back at you, let's play tag sometime.  Tag you're it!

Little Old Me

All images are from Google. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bouquet of Awards

I am so thankful to receive another award from Shee of My Dolce Vita a very sweet gal from Cebu (always on my travel wish list).  What I love about her blog is that she gives honest to goodness reviews on her dining experience in various restaurants down south.  I was given the Sunshine, Versatile Blogger and Best Moment Award.

The Rules:

1.        Display the award on your blog:

2.              Announce with a post.  Make sure to post and link back to me as a thank you for the nomination.
Sis Shee, thanks so much for the award!  Now, I can say that I know someone from Cebu J

3.              Present up to 15 awards to deserving bloggers.

Sally of - A fashion blogger with good tastes and outfits that won’t break the bank.

Adrianne of - A loving stay at home who chronicles her experiences as a mom and wife.

Jocris of - A cool mom and patient online teacher.

Mommy K of - Her blog is about a mom's take on the world of parenting, womanhood and everything in between.

4.              Drop them a comment after you have linked them in the post.

5.              Post 7 Interesting Things About Yourself:
*I love to cook and tinker around in the kitchen.
*I’m a very shy person, but once you get to know me I can be fun.
*I love to read.
*I’m fascinated with the Japanese culture and I want to travel there someday (bucket list).
*I’m a kid at heart.
*The only sport I can do is swimming as I love, love, love the beach.
*I want to learn how to sew, put on makeup properly, learn how to cut hair, perfect my nail polish application – simple hobbies for a simple person like me.

Thanks for the award Sis Shee!  Hugs and kisses!!!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Old School Treat

I have been craving for chocolate.  Saw this at the grocery, can't help but remember good old times with my sister.

My mom would buy just one box for us to share.  To make it last, we would share.  I would eat the biscuit part while she would eat the mallows.  Good thing I have Jellybelly to share it with now.  Care to share your favorite old school treat?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Easy Shrimps

Weekends (Sunday and Monday for us) in our household are laid back, lazy days.  It’s also the time when I cook and experiment in the kitchen.  I try to come up with recipes that are easy on the budget and not time consuming as it means more fun enjoyable time with Jellybelly.  Besides, Sunday means rest day (day off) for Manang Version 2010, so nobody would help me around the kitchen as I hate chopping, peeling, etc.

I have a picky eater here (ahem, Jellybelly).  I love to eat fish, seafood and vegetables while Jellybelly is a meat lover.  He also likes seafood like shrimps, oysters, some fish, crabs, etc. cooked in a certain way – steamed, fried or broiled.  There are also vegetables he won’t eat.  So, I try very hard to incorporate those veggies he likes in the foods I cook.  It’s very challenging!  He’s like a kid, really.

It’s so nice that I chance upon a very, very simple free cookbook from Mama Sita when I bought their oyster sauce.  Yey, for freebies.  What’s good about the cookbook is that there are a few recipes that even a newbie can try.

Dish for the weekend, looks easy and promising.  You can find it also here .

I had to improvise though.  I didn't have annatto powder so I omitted that, didn't have siling labuyo, so I used Sriracha Rooster hot sauce (you can see the hot sauce here), and I only used half a kilo of shrimps since it will be just Jellybelly and me will only have it for lunch.  To add more flavor, I sauteed the shrimps in garlic and onion.

Of course, had to use Mama Sita Barbeque marinade, but only used 1/4 cup of it and added water to dilute (I had to watch my sodium/salt intake).


Before turning off the heat, I added leeks and bean sprouts.

This was served with steaming brown rice, and it turned out to be a very yummy, savory, sweet dish that Jellybelly craved for more.  With a little tweaking here and there, I have again successfully incorporated what he likes in a simple dish that's easy to prepare.  I will be including this in our menu from now on.  Thumbs up for my other mama, Mama Sita, hehe.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

100% Juice

I have a confession to make, I miss drinking SODA big time.  I crave miss that fizzy pop goodness and sugar high sodas give.  It's something my doctors told me to avoid at all cost.  In order for me to really kick the habit, I've tried very hard to look for alternatives.  I've tried juicing, but it was such a tedious, time consuming process that I would just rather eat the fruit right away.  Those ready to drink ones available are too sugary and bad for me as well.  Some were just, too sour.  The organic ones tasted herbally to me (sorry!).

During our weekly grocery trips, I've chanced upon this brand of juice and bought the small tetra pack ones.  I liked the taste and bought the full sized ones.

Ceres 100% juice in Apple, Red Grape, Cranberry and Kiwi.

Its claim - 100% fruit juice, natural juice of selected fruit.  A source of Vitamin C.  No sugar added.  No preservatives.  A product of South Africa.

I like that it says, no added sugar.  Making it good for those who watches their sugar intake.

This is the apple juice, has a nice amber color.  This is Jellybelly's favorite.  Mine is the red grape, the flavor is close enough to the real thing and has a nice purply color.  We don't care much about the kiwi and cranberry.

If ever I get tired of drinking my juice, something that's also made of fruits, I'll drink this instead . . .

Just kidding!!! (this was the wedding favor from my cousin's wedding).