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Monday, September 30, 2013

Un-Lola Sandals

Hi again Darling Divas!  Remember my Lola sandals ?  Jellybean hates it.  I wore them last, last week when we went to Festival Mall.  It so happened that Payless Shoe Store was having a sale, so he asked me if I could buy a nicer one that I could wear.  I was like, "Is it my birthday already?" woot, woot!!

I got the sandals for 699 pesos, original price was 999 (I think, can't remember).

Loving the seagreen color, so summery.  I'm missing summer already, specially with our bipolar weather now.

I'm liking Payless now, affordable and pretty sandals!!! I will surely watch out for their sales.

Please stop raining now so I can wear you!  Until then, good old LOLA sandals for the win, hahah!

Korean Barbeque Sundate

With Manang 2010 gone for her day off this weekend, and for our Sundate, I have prepared a no-brainer lunch for Jellybean and me.  Allow me to share my version of Korean Barbeque, Jellybean's favorite.  Very easy to do and you'll certainly get thumb's up from meat eaters.

For the barbeque -

Sukiyaki cut beef - any part of the meat, as long as it is sliced thinly.  I bought this at SM Supermarket for 125 pesos.

Marinate the beef in light soy sauce, Mama Sita's barbeque sauce, a bit of sugar and sesame oil - sorry, no exact measurement, I just eyeball it.  Let it sit for 30 minutes or more.

Pan sear it depending on the done-ness you prefer.  I like mine toasted/well-done.

For the vegetable side dish - gotta have my veggies -

Half a head of cabagge (or wombok), shredded

Garlic, onions, leeks, carrots.

Just stir fry the vegetables and season with a bit of sesame oil and salt and pepper.

The beef here looks burnt, but I assure you it's not.

For dessert, okay I know I'm on a diet, but I only ate one promise,

A cousin came home from Singapore and gave this as pasalubong.

So cute, Merlion shaped chocolates.

There goes our Sundate, very laid back and chill.  We actually watched a movie afterwards then slept.  So recharging and we are ready to face the week ahead.  Nothing beats staying at home with the one you love :)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Rainy Day Get-Up

Last Sunday, Jellybean and I had to meet an ex-officemate who was offering additional home-based work.  Even if it was raining, we had to drag ourselves off to Festival mall to meet him.  I thought he would cancel, but no such luck.  I would have loved to stay at home and just cuddle, but we have to hear his proposal and who knows it might be a better opportunity, right?

Well anyway, I was having a hard time choosing what to wear.  I want to be comfortable and warm, but presentable.  I did not want to wear pants as I hate the feeling of wet clothes rubbing my legs.

The bright colors of my dress and cardigan made the day less gloomy for me.

Cardigan - Gap
Dress - Juana - yep, I love going to Diviland, and I had this dress since 2010
Belt - another Diviland find for 60 pesos
Mini Bag -  Coach
Rubber sandal - SM
Accessories - coral bracelet, gold bangle, watch, earrings and necklace

Good thing I had my cardigan with me, I felt cold.  Even if we walked from the parking lot to the mall, I didn't mind even if my legs got wet at least it won't stay wet, unlike if I've worn pants.

I have to tell you about this sandals.  I bought this when Jellybean and I went for our MOA date.  It was raining and I accidentally stepped on a puddle when we were on the "uncovered" part of the building.  I don't want to wear my wet skimmers as it was a long drive from MOA to our place.  I was supposed to buy slippers, but saw this.  Original price was 299.75, got it for 150 pesos.  Jellybean hates this and calls this LOLA sandals.  I like that it's made of rubber so that I won't slip, plus even if it's raining I can wear it.

The LOLA sandals.

What about you ladies, what's your rainy day get-up?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Losing Weight

A few weeks ago, I went to my doctor to have a mini check-up in preparation for my six-month check up.  My favorite OB-GYN doctor, who is more like a friend/favorite aunt did not sugar coat her words, "YOU HAVE TO LOSE WEIGHT."  Ouch, that hurt.

Clearly, I need help.  For months already I have been exercising, but not doing portion control plus I tend to cheat.  Everything was not balanced.  Ever since my mom went to the US, I fell out of the diet plan, so difficult to resist junk food and soda.  I gained a lot of weight and now I have to lose 10 KILOS!!!  It's not easy, but the doctor told me with the right food and exercise I should be able to do it slowly.  Losing weight is not for vanity this time, but for health reasons. 

I know I have to follow the steps in order to achieve my goal.

Eat the right food and do portion control.  I can eat all the fruits and vegetables I want.  The doctor also advised me not to starve myself.  Have a balanced diet.  Drink a lot of water.

Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, low impact aerobics, know my limits and respect pain.

The most important thing is to kick off the junk food in my life.  If there are cravings, the doctor told me I could take small bites, but better and best if I substitute it with fruits and crackers. 

I have to have a lot of discipline to achieve my target weight.  "A moment in the lips, forever in the hips."  It's so difficult but I must if I want to stay healthy and alive.

thank you Google for the images!

Friday, September 20, 2013

BB Cream Craze

I joined in on the BB craze.  Actually, this is not the first BB cream I've tried.  The first one I got was Etude's  BB cream, but it broke me out and from then on, I avoided BB creams like the plague.  Bought this around three weeks ago and road tested it before giving a review.

ZA 12-in-1 Total Hydration BB Cream UV White

I was hesitant to buy this because I was on the lookout for concealers.  This was an impulse buy from Watsons, priced at 425 pesos.

Their claim:  Formulated with:  Double whitening complex, oil control powder, and color control powder.
-Brightens your skin tone in 10 days.
-Non-sticky finish to make make-up last for long hours.
-Corrects skin color and gives an even looking finish without patchiness.
-SPF 50+ PA+++ firmly protect skin against UVA&UVB rays damage.

Only one shade available - BRIGHT

A small sized tube with 20 g of product.

Directions:  Smooth an appropriate amount over your face with your fingertips - I agree!

Nozzle tip applicator is great, no mess, very hygienic and you can control the amount of product.

Swatch.  I only need this amount for my whole face.

Spreads evenly and easily absorbed.

-This product is a good base with just one layer.
-Very mild floral scent.
-It spreads evenly and gives a bit of oil control (I usually oil up in 3 hours, but not with this one).
-Evens out skin tone.
-It works best with face powder to set it and gives a glowy and dewy finish.
-It does not feel sticky at all.
-No untoward skin reaction.
-This looks good in person, but not in photos as it can give a white cast (I tried it and I looked like a ghost)
-Only one shade available, won't suit most skin tones.
-Can't cover blemishes.
-I didn't notice the "whitening/brightening" effect.
-Expensive for 20 g of product.

All in all, I can say that this product just works as a tinted sunblock.  That's it.  I won't repurchase and I regret buying this, I should have bought their concealer.  I am just finishing up the tube then I will buy the concealer.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Creamy Spaghetti

I have already shared my tomato-based spaghetti here and now sharing my version of the "white sauce."  This is a fairly easy recipe.


- Half a kilo of pasta of your choice (Penne works the best though I only had spaghetti pasta)
- 2 cans of tuna - plain/spicy/oil-based just not the ones with sauces, again whatever floats your boat.  You can also use leftover grilled/fried or oven roasted chicken.
- Can of mushrooms
- Small can of evaporated milk
- Cream of asparagus (mushroom/chicken whatever is in your pantry just don't get the ones with potatoes in them)
- Grated cheese
- Black pepper
- Frozen mixed vegetables (optional)
- Garlic and onion
- Olive oil

How To:
1.  Cook pasta in a large sauce pan and follow package instructions.  Once that is done, drain and set aside.
2.  Meanwhile, heat olive oil and saute garlic and onion.  Add mushrooms and cook for 3-5 minutes.
3.  Add the tuna (if it is oil-based you can include the oil if you want, but if it is water-based drain it well before adding).  Stir until well combined.
4.  Add mixed vegetables.
5.  Slowly add cream of asparagus and milk.  Stir constantly and simmer, do not boil.
6.  Once everything is mixed, add grated cheese.  Season with pepper.
7.  Mix in the pasta and remove from heat.
8.  Plate it and serve with a smile ;)

There you go, enjoy!

Monday, September 16, 2013

SM Mall of Asia Date and OOTD#2

Jellybean and I braved the rains last Saturday to catch the 3-day sale at SM Mall of Asia.  We went there after lunch and the traffic was so bad.  I did not shop much cause I got dizzy, I get dizzy in crowds.  So, I only bought one top at Forever21 and a shirt for Jellybean, and one necklace, all on sale.  It was actually Jellybean who was a happy camper as he scored shirts on sale from Uniqlo, his favorite store now, haha - when we had to pay, the line to the cashier was too long. 

After going around Mall of Asia, since it's our date, we had dinner at

This resto was not crowded so, we decided to dine here.

We both ordered Beef pepper rice (Jellybean's upgraded).  We've dined here before and always my opinion of their food is that honestly, it's not that extraordinary.  It's just okay and I think it is quite expensive for a few strips of beef and a cup of rice.  What makes it okay is the honey brown sauce and the excitement of "mixing" and cooking the food on a hot plate, but that's just me as Jellybean likes their shake salad, miso soup and steaks which he had tried before. 

I had a sudden craving for milk tea and had one at

We shared a large sized pearl milk tea (50% sugar).  It was supposed to be wintermelon tea, but Jellybean got confused.

We walked around some more and reached the skating rink.

They were already playing Christmas songs!

Naturally, I had to pose and have my OOTD and have it as my backdrop.

Wore my
Forever 21 denim vest
Camisole (79 pesos from Forever21 sale)
Jeggings from the Landmark
Old skimmers from Keds
Silver cuff from Forever21 and Timex watch
Liz Claiborne bag

Jellybean calls this look, Punky Brewster look - yes kids, we're old.  I don't know if you guys know who Punky Brewster is, hahah.

This date was a blast.  We had fun even if it was raining.  Yes, we also held hands while walking, sweet!  :)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Working at Home

Yes, I have been working at home for nearly 11 years now.  It may sound easy because of the relaxed atmosphere, but really it is not a walk in the park.  To those who are planning on working at home and to those who are starting out, let me share to you my experience and some tips/advice.

Traits Needed for Working at Home:
1.  Discipline:  If working in the office gives distraction, well at home there are a million of them.  The first time I worked at home, transitioning from office to home, my major distraction was the internet and my warm bed.  I browsed and slept all day for a week.  Just focus and alot time for work, when you are most productive, but also do not forget to give time for your self.  Key word:  Time Management!
2.  Independence:  Remember you are a one-man band, meaning you are the tech support - for computer problems, accountant - keeping tract of invoice, in my case the transcriptionist/editor/QA amongst other things.  You have to work it out on your own.  Google will be your best friend.
3.  Good communication skills:  Not only because you are the one directly talking to clients and answering e-mails, but most of all you should know also how to voice out and reason out.
4.  Dependable:  You have to be responsible enough to meet the turn around time so that clients will trust you.  In this kind of work trust is very important. 

Perks of Working at Home:
1.  Less stressful environment/quiet environment - Hey, you can work at the confines of your own home wearing your PJs if you want.  No need to wake up early.  No need to travel.  No pesky/gossipy officemates.  No traffic.
2.  More productive - Since it cuts on travel time, you can do more.
3.  You can actually save on gas, clothing allowance, travel time and save your sanity, haha.
4.  More time with the family - no explanation needed.

Advice I can Give:
1.  Before accepting that home office job, make sure that it's the lifestyle you want.  If you are a very sociable person, I don't think it's tailored for you as you would be in the house 24/7 with only your family around.  It might get too boring for you.
2.  Make sure that the company you would be working for is reputable enough.  Ask around first, better if you know someone so that you can ask insightful questions - how much is the pay, do they pay on time, is if a full time job, what are their terms, etc.
3.  Always have a backup.  What if the internet suddenly disconnected, what about your computer going bonkers, what if there is no ELECTRICITY!!  It helps if you have an extra laptop and internet connection.
4.  I know it's tempting to work all the time especially if you love the job, but you should give time for yourself.  Have enough rest and exercise.
5.  This is important - do not let yourself go!  Meaning take time also to fix yourself, put on powder or lipstick for all I care.  We don't want to be old hags right?  There are also times when you have to video chat with your boss so it's better to look presentable.
6.  Just enjoy and love what you are doing!

I hope this helps.  To those who are considering working at home, good luck and have fun!  Just to give a clearer picture, this is how Jellybean and I look like, see picture below :)

Images are from dear old GOOGLE

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Home-Based Diva

I know this post is very insignificant, a day in the life of the Home-Based Diva.

I lead such boring life.  I stay at home 24/7.  I am a also a very private person, but I will let you have a peek on what goes on my daily grind.  When I’m not busy with my medical transcription/editing job*, I just do house chores, watch my favorite series, read books, exercise a bit, see to it that Jellybean is okay, and surf the net.

There was a time when I had to stop working – when I had my operation and treatments, but now I feel I am ready to work again, though I only get jobs that I can manage, nothing stressful.  I really love my job as it pays the bills plus I can work independently and it is very flexible, I just need to make sure that files are turned in on time and that they are 99% chart-ready.  I work for two companies by the way, a different one in the morning and another at night.  Sorry, I can’t divulge much about the companies I work for (I am an independent contractor and had a nondisclosure/confidentiality agreement) J

Jellybean stays at home too 24/7, which is a good thing as we are together everyday.  He is a homebody like me.  He also works as a medical transcriptionist/editor, though he has a different company, thus we have different schedules.  He also gets to help me with my night work so I don’t have to stay up all night.

Since our companies are based in the US, weekdays for us are every Tuesday to Saturday.  Our weekends are Sundays and Mondays.  We also do not follow Philippine holidays (boo!), instead we have holidays like – Memorial Day, Labor Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day, etc. – US based holidays.

So here it goes, not necessarily on the dot or rigid, my typical weekday …

7:15 – 7:30 a.m. – this is when I wake up.  Upon waking up I pray and thank the Lord for giving me a new day and ask for protection, guidance and blessings.  Give Jellybean his morning kiss, though he wakes up a bit late due to his work.  I do my usual morning prep/rituals.

7:30 – 7:45 a.m. – I check on Manang.  I see to it that she has prepared breakfast or check/supervise whatever task she is doing (she knows her way around the house so I leave her alone and we trust her).  This is also the time when I go to our garden to meditate/stretch and warm up and have my dose of vitamin D from Mr. Sun.

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. – I exercise a bit.  My mom has several dance exercise DVDs or anything I find easy on YouTube.  I then try to cool down.

8:30 a.m. – I download my voice files and talk to my boss online.

8:45 -9:15 a.m. – I take a shower and then have breakfast.
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – It’s work, work, work for me.  I also try to squeeze in a call to my mom, dad and sister - yes I call them everyday using Viber or Tango.  I also check to make sure lunch is prepared by Manang.  Sometimes, if work load is light, I do the cooking.

11:30 – Wake Jellybean up for our lunch.

11:45 – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – I sometimes take a power nap.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Work, work some more.

3:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Free time.  I can either sleep, read a book, prepare snacks, blog, surf the net, basically anything I want.  Kulitan with Jellybean.  See to dinner.

7:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Have dinner.

7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Quiet time with Jellybean or watch TV.  This is also the time I prepare Jellybean's snack at night so he'll have something to munch on if he feels hungry while working at night.

9:00 – 11:00 p.m. (or 12:00 a.m. depends on work load) – Begin my “night” work, talk to my boss some more.

12:00 a.m. – I end my day with a prayer and go to dreamland with Jellybean tucking me in to bed.

So there you go, my “a day in the life.”

Weekends are another thing and a different post altogether, haha.  That’s the time we go out on dates too, wink, wink, my favorite part of the week.

Care to share your a day in the life?  You can do a post about it and link back to me or leave a comment or two  :-)

*What is medical transcription/editing?  - The doctor dictates, sends me the voice file, I type it out or edit and make sure it is 99% chart ready, then send it back to the doctor. 

Images are from Google.