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CW Christmas Hair Makeover by Cynos

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Couchwasabi | Asian Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

Great news (especially for Southern Belles)! I am so excited to announce my Christmas raffle this year. Thanks to Cynos, the newest professional hair care brand in the market today, I’m picking FIVE (5) lucky readers to win an awesome hair makeover and Cynos gift packs. Here are the mechanics:

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August 2013 SaladBox: Focused

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Hey yo!  This post is almost 3 months delayed already. But still, I just want to show you what’s inside my August SaladBox.

As I been telling you in my previous reviews of my beauty boxes. I will try to cover all the beauty boxes I had last August (It was actually quite a lot that I didn’t subscribe anymore in any beauty box for the next months after August except when GlamourBox is open for subscription for their special boxes). Anyway, I received this August box from SaladBox sometime in September already. It was so late  that I actually missed the thought of it being an August Box, all the time, it was a September Box to me until I rechecked the guide card enclosed in the box.

With that, I remember that it is November already and I haven’t received yet my September box. That is what something I hate about this particular beauty box subscription. There are always delays with the delivery of their boxes and constant follow ups and adjustments are needed for you to receive your box.

I remember my first box from them is something disastrous. I don’t want to lament all over again about is, so I guess you can just read it on here: https://rosalietangonan.wordpress.com/?s=SaladBox

What’s inside the box?

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Anyway, August 2013 SaladBox is all about beauty tools. It is composed of 5 items with one treat. I like the idea of having beauty tools in a box but since I waited so much for it, I guess the essence was forfeited and I am more of irritated about the transaction I had with them.

I will just enumerate the things inside their August 2013 box, describing each as written at the guide card provided inside the box or as per how I perceive it to be. The 5 beauty tools they got are the following:

Photo grabbed from SaladBox's website.

Photo grabbed from SaladBox’s website.

·         Duchness Makeup Tools Royal Blender Sponge: designed non-disposable sponge to apply your base foundation or BB (or CC) cream evenly and effortlessly. 1 sponge/ 390php

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·         Duchness Makeup Tools Artemis Blending Brush: ergonomic brush to blend on your eye shadows. (This is my own description) 1 brush/ 210php

Photo grabbed from SaladBox's website.

Photo grabbed from SaladBox’s website.

·         Go Fickle Hair Bun-maker: a bun maker that’s very effortless to use. It is designed with a material capable of being twisted  making it more of elastic with a great grip and shape. (This is my own description) 1 pc/ 120php

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·         Clou Pearls: The most popular nail innovation to date, these cute beads are the perfect tool to achieve that Pearl Manicure look! 10g/350php

·         Clou Sparkle Sand: Add some sparkle and texture to your nails with the newest nail trend. 10g/350php

My Thoughts

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They also got a treat in the August Box which is a 1,000php OFF on the October 19th Advanced Make up Sparty. It is an exclusive subscriber treat where they are slashing off 1K from the Advanced Sparty Ticket. It is actually a very nice treat, but since I got the box super late, giving it away will not make it to its due date dated September 20. (I think I got the box September 19) It made me sad that it went to nothing. It feels like a TRICK and not a treat on my part.

To this date, I was able to use only 2 of the items they got from the box. I love the Royal Sponge Blender Sponge from Duchness Makeup Tools which I found very useful for putting on my make up base. Atleast now, I will not be using my hands top blend on my liquid foundation. I also find their Hair Bun-maker from Go Fickle very awesome. It is a convenient way to make a perfect bun in seconds.

Will I subscribe again?

I actually have a 3 month subscription with SaladBox.  It started from August to October. But due to some not so good circumstances all the boxes I am subscribed at were delayed and worse I haven’t received my September and October boxes yet. With that I guess, this one will be my last subscription with SaladBox. I am dismay about their service though I must say that they reply instantly to my queries and follow ups. I think a good service doesn’t need follow ups from their customers regarding their transactions . For me, to always check the status of my beauty box and adjust to their service is something way too tasky.

Lately, when I asked about my September and October Beauty box, they suggested to move it and let me have the November and December box instead. That is actually way too incompetent, since as far I am able to recollect I am originally subscribed to July-September boxes only. But since there were problems regarding their delivery services, I granted their request for me to have the August-October boxes instead.

Based from my transactions with them, they said that they finally change their courier but still I think they have to be more focus now on tracking down the subscription of their customers so that they are not missing any. I have been reading wrath opinions from my fellow bloggers about their SaladBox subscription. Some even just give it away because of their dismayed to the company’s service.

As for now, I should let myself rest from following up my beauty boxes from them. I just grew tired I guess. Though they got nice promos, if it will eventually give me a headache, I think it would be better for me to save up for other boxes that will at least make me feel the essence of the monthly subscription and treats that they are giving.

This is just an honest opinion in my part and it is not influenced by anything aside from my observation and experience from them. I will be having my next SaladBox Subscription maybe after they already fix their service and prove their worth to the consumers. I just hope that it would be soon.

Have you tried to subscribe with SaladBox? How was your experience? I would love to hear from you sweeties. Just leave your comments below. ‘Til then.

Love Human Nature? Join this Giveaway!

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Photo grabbed from Every Mom's Page website :) *CREDITS*

Photo grabbed from Every Mom’s Page website 🙂 *CREDITS*

Due to boredom of my daily tasks, I go blog hopping again and I stumbled upon a blog entitled Every Mom’s Page This blog focuses on variety of niches such as parenting, home living, beauty and fashion, product reviews and a lot more!

One of the first posts I read from this blog is about her Human Nature Giveaway. Human Nature, it is a product of skin care products from organic materials. She is currently giving away 1,000php worth of Human Nature Products! Yes you read it right!

For more information about this giveaway, you may check on her site through this link:http://www.everymomspage.com/2013/11/november-giveaway.html#.UnzSNXAbAhF

Also, you may join my current giveaway that will run until November 28, 2013. Just head on the link below the related articles.

Mwah! Keep safe everyone sweeties!

CEBU Day 3: Tracing Back our Roots

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Our last day in Cebu was something worthwhile.

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We were scheduled to go to Taoist Temple and I really enjoyed our short stay that was left during that day. Though I am not that familiar with the Taoist culture, I feel belonged since it looks like really Chinese. ( I love Chinese culture… and for that matter, I love Chinese food most!)

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That was a long way to go to the temple.

That was a long way to go to the temple.

Am I happy? I think the picture can answer that.

Am I happy? I think the picture can answer that.

I felt like a shampoo commercial model here :)

I felt like a shampoo commercial model here 🙂

with my sister :)

with my sister 🙂

The overlooking veranda.

The overlooking veranda.

Looks so nice right?

Looks so nice right?

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Just an awesome landscape architecture there.

Just an awesome landscape architecture there.

After our tour in that place we went to explore Ayala Mall in Cebu. Their mall looks so peaceful and quite. I admire the architectural design they have there.

Lines everywhere.

Lines everywhere.

We visited their Starbucks branch there to chill for sometime.

We visited their Starbucks branch there to chill for sometime.

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We also had our last visit to the Magellan’s Cross and bought some souvenir key chains in the nearby sellers.

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Lastly, we went to Island Souvenirs to get nice printed shirt as a remembrance of our awesome adventure in the Queen City of the South.

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Being in a place for the first time is something wonderful and worth to be treasured. As my sister and I started it this year, I am looking forward for more travel adventures in the next few months.

While waiting for our flight back to Manila.

While waiting for our flight back to Manila.

Exploring different places is such a great way to know yourself more.

Thank you for the nice experience Cebu! I know you will get through the disaster brought by the earthquake and soon you will flourish more in His name.

It was indeed a fun and fab adventure!

It was indeed a fun and fab adventure!

God Bless everyone!

CEBU Day 2: Where’s The Sea?

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For our Day 2 in Cebu, we planned to go to a place where my sister and I can get some fresh breeze of the sea. But far from what we planned, the ship heading to Camotes Island, the place where my big sister planned to have our getaway went earlier than expected and we were left with nothing to do.

I don't know if our being tardy has something to do with enjoying the McDonald's branch across the suites where we are staying. I just can't help but to share how I admire their interior decoration. We ate their for our breakfast.

I don’t know if our being tardy has something to do with enjoying the McDonald’s branch across the suites where we are staying. I just can’t help but to share how I admire their interior decoration. We ate their for our breakfast.

To our dismay, we just walk around from the pier and look for a nice resort to stay, which lead us to Coco Palms Resort. Good than nothing right? In that place we were able to enjoy the view of the sea but too bad that it was not along the shore so I can’t play along the waters as I don’t know how to swim (lol!). But to have a high note, that the place has a very nice over-looking pool with this cute slide that makes the stay in the resort worthwhile.

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At the resort's reception. Sitting pretty while my sister is dealing with the resort's staff.

At the resort’s reception. Sitting pretty while my sister is dealing with the resort’s staff.

The view :)

The view 🙂

How the pool looks like with that slide :)

How the pool looks like with that slide 🙂

My OOTD at the resort 🙂 Quite conservative 😉

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Look our smiles. We're just so happy to see the sea :)

Look our smiles. We’re just so happy to see the sea 🙂

With kuya Levi.

With kuya Levi.

Playing around with the breeze and my sarong is priceless...

Playing around with the breeze and my sarong is priceless…

We did not stay too long in the resort. After lunch we went back to the city to try out the best Lechon in the place- CnT! When were there, with all the growling tummies, the news was a bit disastrous as their best selling Lechon proved its demand and was sold out right there and then when my sister is about to order. With that, we have to wait for about 2 hours for the next set to arrive. Sort of bad luck I guess. But to end that journey positively, we were able to wait and savor their mouth watering Lechon. And yes, it was really worth all the wait! Best Lechon I tasted so far!!!

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While waiting for their Lechon to arrive we munch this Chicharong Bulaklak (Fried Large Intestines of Pig). Yummy!

While waiting for their Lechon to arrive we munch this Chicharong Bulaklak (Fried Large Intestines of Pig). Yummy!

Finally!

Finally!

That was a blast for us! So yummy!

That was a blast for us! So yummy!

After that, we still have the energy to go to our next stops (Yes with S!!!). We decided to buy already some pasalubong so we will not be rush tomorrow before our flight. We went to a dry market called, Tabaon Market where we bought my favorites- dried squid (pusit) and danggit! Yummy! The prices in that market are really low compared to the ones they have in the nearby souvenir and pasalubong shops in the hotel. If I only knew before hand, I bought 3 kilos of both. lol!

Mountains of dry and mouth watering goods :) Feels like I want to buy everything.

Mountains of dry and mouth watering goods 🙂 Feels like I want to buy everything.

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Oh yes! selfie again at Taboan Market with Kuya Levi.

Oh yes! selfie again at Taboan Market with Kuya Levi.

Since we’re already buying treats for our loved ones, we went straight to Shamrock, where delicacies such as pastries from Cebu are being sold. And without me noticing, I got my pasalubong basket so full that almost dried out my pocket. Lol! But it was fun shopping there.

The clover leaf is the  official logo of Shamrock.

The clover leaf is the official logo of Shamrock.

We had a shopping spree!

We had a shopping spree!

We dropped by again in front of Basilica de Sto.Nino. That time, we were able to take good pictures already because it was Monday and only few people are going tio church.

We dropped by again in front of Basilica de Sto.Nino. That time, we were able to take good pictures already because it was Monday and only few people are going tio church.

This was the place I was telling about that was in front of the basilica where the priest say his homily.

This was the place I was telling about that was in front of the basilica where the priest say his homily.

For our dinner, we went to Larsian. I am a fan of ihaw-ihaw (grilled) foods. That’s why I was really looking forward to eat in that place. Aside from the blue marlin that was served half-cooked, I had no problem with their food. I was able to finally eat again with my bare hands and finally got to try their famous puso (the way they serve their rice). It is inside the coconut leaves mesh. Interesting and artistically crafted!

Dinner time :)

Dinner time 🙂

Chicken intestines :)

Chicken intestines 🙂

Grilled stuffed squid and blue marlin

Grilled stuffed squid and blue marlin

PUSO <3

PUSO ❤

My sister is teasing me because it was long time ago when she last saw me using my bare hands for eating.

My sister is teasing me because it was long time ago when she last saw me using my bare hands for eating.

I am not so used eating with my bare hands because of my long finger nails. But I have to do it there because they don't provide utensils and besides, I was really hungry already.

I am not so used eating with my bare hands because of my long finger nails. But I have to do it there because they don’t provide utensils and besides, I was really hungry already.

And yes, after the long day, we went to Glam Spa which is just at the hotel lobby where I got my body scrub as a reward for myself with the long walk we had over the day.

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While waiting for the attendant :)

While waiting for the attendant 🙂

It was a great day! Though misfortunes come along our way, I proved that me and my sister will be fearless to take a step ahead. We are trained to survive and explore everything. It was such grand opportunity to witness how we make it through unexpected circumstances.

I realized that during travels like this, you should be ready with your plan Ato Z 🙂

God Bless everyone!

Launching of Brilliant Earth’s Wisteria Collection: Autumn Inspired Jewelries

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IMG_5734“Diamonds are woman’s best friend.” as the old saying goes. That’s why I do believe that every woman is entitled to own atleast one piece of fine jewelry that will reflect not just her style but her personality as well.

Recently, I stumbled upon a website of fine jewelries known as Brilliant Earth. Its brand name captivates me as much as the elegant fine jewelries they have on their site. Soon I know that the mission of this particular company is equally superior and those are: to provide the highest quality of jewelry originating from pure sources and harvested using socially responsible practice; foster change by providing education about the social and environmental issues affecting the jewelry industry and identifies ways to help; and promote growth that supports underdeveloped communities ravaged by the jewelry industry by donating a share of their profits. A jewelry company that maintains the finest quality of each craft but still manages to be eco-friendly.

Aside from their elegant, vintage and timeless collection of jewelries they will be launching today, their newest and nature-inspired collection named as Wisteria Collection. This collection is inspired by the beauty of autumn season such as falling leaves and graceful curves of bare branches combined with fluid designs. Pavé diamonds are added to those designs that bring a dazzling light to the natural glamour of nature’s beauty. The exceptional designs from this collection aim to capture the light and the movement of magnificent autumn.

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The rings in this particular collection artistically manifest curving and overlapping bands that represent two lives intertwining like branches and vines during autumn.

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While the earrings as well as necklaces are infuse with subtle movement that manifest falling leaves.

Each piece from the Wisteria Collection is intricately and exclusively designed and made possible by master jewelers in their San Francisco studio. As part of their mission each fine piece in the collection is hand-crafted to order according to the highest standards of quality and beauty with assurance of no compromise between beauty and conscience. It is also bounded by ethical sourcing that only .01% of world’s diamonds meet Brilliant Earth’s standards for pure sourcing and exceptional quality.

This thrust is proven by the graceful curves, layers, texture and airy radiance of the pieces included in the collection that truly captivates the beauty of vines and branches. All of these results to dynamic and delicate, contemporary yet timeless and much nature itself fine jewelry pieces. A perfect reflection of every exquisite woman that can only be compared to nature’s eternal beauty.

Since, I can get enough of their collection, I must pick my personal favorite and that is the Allison’s ring. Simple yet delicately crafted. It looks so perfect for engagement, wedding or even just an investment. It is worth to own up to its last significant dollar.

Allison's Ring

Allison’s Ring

You may check out their site for more details about their company and the Westerian collection through the following links:

http://www.brilliantearth.com/engagement-rings/

http://www.brilliantearth.com/eco-friendly-jewelry/

VIP at Sample Room + My First VIP Samples

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Yey! After long months of thinking it over I finally decided to buy points from Sample Room and be one of its VIP members. Maybe for others it is nothing but for me it can be considered as a gift for myself for all those hard work I did from the previous semester.

Photo downloaded from Sample Room's website.

Photo downloaded from Sample Room’s website.

Being VIP Member of Sample Room costs 599php and entitles you to 1000points that you can use for 2 months.  That will make you avail more samples offered by premium brand partners of Sample Room. Also, one of the perks of being a VIP member is that you will receive earlier notifications of their product uploads. And the biggest part is having an exclusive access for contests, promotions and events of Sample Room.

All of those made me decide to push through with my VIP membership. And just so timely when I purchased my points, Vidal Sassoon products were available. I was so excited and I was able to avail my first premium samples from Vidal Sassoon Premium Base Care Series, composed of full-sized shampoo, conditioner and treatment of the same brand. IMG_5531My first transaction as a VIP member has this nice packaging from Sample Room and Vidal Sassoon.

It looks like a gift right?

It looks like a gift right?

I must say that I never grew tired of Sample Room's logo. It is so chic yet elegant.

I must say that I never grew tired of Sample Room’s logo. It is so chic yet elegant.

Tadaaahhh! My first samples from my VIP membership :)

Tadaaahhh! My first samples from my VIP membership 🙂

Currently, I am just done transacting with my second batch of orders as a VIP member of Sample Room and I am feeling so great having that privileged. So what are you waiting for? Be one of Sample Rooms VIP member and experience the difference!

For more details about being a Sample Room VIP member you may head on to this link:

http://www.sampleroom.ph/Vip-sample-room-member

CEBU Day 1: Church Hopping

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During the first days of September, in the midst of the loads of work, I took a leave from work and have my travel-bonding with my big sister. We don’t usually do that. In fact, it is our first.

For our first out of town together (yes, we go out  of town together before but usually to our relatives’ place) we want to be quite experimental and go to a place where we don’t have someone, a relative perhaps that will guide as through. It is a sort of trying to be independent in our part while enjoying each other’s company.

At departure area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

At departure area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

Before boarding, I made sure to take a snacks. Well, rice meal is snacks for me. lol!

Before boarding, I made sure to take a snacks. Well, rice meal is snacks for me. lol!

Just before we go inside the airplane.

Just before we go inside the airplane.

This post will be the first of my 3-part instalment travel adventure at the Queen City of the South. As I stayed 3 days and two nights there, let’s see what were the places we visited and what were the insights I gained each day.

We also have with us Kuya Levi, a good friend of my sister.

We also have with us Kuya Levi, a good friend of my sister.

The weather looks very fine as I look outside the airplane's window. This will be a good day for the real adventure!

The weather looks very fine as I look outside the airplane’s window. This will be a good day for the real adventure!

After 30-45 minutes, we already arrived at Mactan International Airport.

After 30-45 minutes, we already arrived at Mactan International Airport.

It was easy to pick a cab from the airport. There was no traffic then because it was Sunday.

It was easy to pick a cab from the airport. There was no traffic then because it was Sunday.

The weather was very favorable. I admire the architectural design of this bridge where the cab we rented pass by going to Sampaguita Suites where we had our room reservation for our stay in Cebu.

The weather was very favorable. I admire the architectural design of this bridge where the cab we rented passed by going to Sampaguita Suites where we had our room reservation for our stay in Cebu.

From the airport, up to our way to the suite, I must say that Cebu is really adorable. The places where our cab passed by were clean and seems to be peaceful.

From the airport, up to our way to the suite, I must say that Cebu is really adorable. The places where our cab passed by were clean and seems to be peaceful.

We arrived afternoon of September 1, Sunday in Cebu. From the airport, we checked in at Sampaguita Suites, one of the most affordable hotels in that town and was suggested to me by one of my readers from Cebu. The hotel looks very decent and has a Wi-Fi connection, with that I have no problems anymore.

The lobby.

The lobby.

I'm quite ignorant with hotels and I must say I was amazed by this one. I am not really familiar with this as an electric switch for the room. it was a "wow" for me. lol!

I’m quite ignorant with hotels and I must say I was amazed by this one. I am not really familiar with this as an electric switch for the room. it was a “wow” for me. lol!

One of the things I like about the hotel where we checked in is that it is just a walk away from different cathedrals and churches there. It is also near the Magellan’s Cross which is not more than 5 minutes walk from the hotel itself. With that, we decide to have a church hopping for our first afternoon in Cebu. We went to a total of 3 churches just by merely walking around and crossing each street. Let the pictures tell you how we did it.

First stop, Magellan's Cross.

First stop, Magellan’s Cross.

At the bottom of the cross you will find bunch of colored candles for prayer petitions.

At the bottom of the cross you will find bunch of colored candles for prayer petitions.

There I met Aling Rosalinda who offered to pray and dance for me in their language as I bought a set of candles from her. Though I don't entirely understand what she is praying I feel good that someone is praying passionately for me.

There I met Aling Rosalinda who offered to pray and dance for me in their language as I bought a set of candles from her. Though I don’t entirely understand what she is praying I feel good that someone is praying passionately for me.

Aling Rosalinda was generous enough to let Kuya Levi took a picture of us. She is very accomodating as well, as a curious tourist she did not grew tired of answering my queries. :)

Aling Rosalinda was generous enough to let Kuya Levi took a picture of us. She is very accomodating as well, as a curious tourist she did not grew tired of answering my queries. 🙂

Second, Sto. Nino Basilica where we line up just to see the first Sto. Nino image given to us by the Spaniards.

This sculpture captivated me. It is a good reflection of our faith to Sto. Nino.

This sculpture captivated me. It is a good reflection of our faith to Sto. Nino.

The elegant and vintage altar of Basilica de Sto. Nino.

The elegant and vintage altar of Basilica de Sto. Nino.

We also lined up to see the Sto. Nino.

We also lined up to see the Sto. Nino.

While waiting in the line, I am entertained by various holy portraits along the corridor.

While waiting in the line, I am entertained by various holy portraits along the corridor.

The Basilica was so adorable with its architectural designs. While the Cebuanos and the tourists like us were hearing the mass from the other side of the Cathedral, the priest presiding the mass is outside the cathedral on an elevated stage with the microphones and speakers and a video coverage. When we went inside the cathedral the people are seated facing the altar without the priest and when the priest asked them to stand, they will stand and face outside turning back to the altar. That was their way of adjusting with the number of people attending their Sunday masses, for me, a tourist and a fellow Catholic, I can see that as their faith.

Lastly, we went to Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the newest church in the town.

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The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. I love the kampanaryo in this place. I rarely hear bells in Manila before the mass starts. In the old tradition, that it a way of announcing to the community that there will be a mass or gathering in the pueblo.

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The lights in this cathedral is welcoming everyone to solemnly pray and talk to Him.

The lights in this cathedral is welcoming everyone to solemnly pray and talk to Him.

Me and my big sister, Aby.

Me and my big sister, Aby.

After our Church hopping, we went to AA Sutukil Restaurant to have our dinner. We got sea food for our dinner that made my tummy absolutely happy.IMG_5562

Their menu. During that time it feels like I want to eat everything. Their transaction in the place is like the "paluto" we have in Manila, where you need to buy first at their mini market and tell the cook how you want your food to be cooked- grilled, sinigang, baked...

Their menu. During that time it feels like I want to eat everything. Their transaction in the place is like the “paluto” we have in Manila, where you need to buy first at their mini market and tell the cook how you want your food to be cooked- grilled, baked, with soup…

Their pitcher looks awesome. It looks like a big clear flower base. I am actually tempted to drink directly from it.

Their pitcher looks awesome. It looks like a big clear flower base. I am actually tempted to drink directly from it.

We ordered a fish (which I forgot the name) in miso soup.

We ordered a fish (which I forgot the name) in miso soup.

We also had baked oyster. Their shell lokks different their in Cebu. I don't know why. :)

We also had baked oyster. Their shell lokos different their in Cebu. I don’t know why. 🙂 We also had other seafood meals like bangus belly. I even remember myself ordering pork meat because I was really hungry. *pigging out*

I must not forget their condiments. It was so yummy and serves as my appetizers :)

I must not forget their condiments. It was so yummy and serves as my appetizers 🙂

It was a perfect dinner for me. *burp* lol!

It was a perfect dinner for me. *burp* lol!

That was a good adventure for us in our first day in Cebu. I am really astonished by the volume of people going to mass there which I rarely see here in Manila. I do regularly attend masses but I just see those number of people in Baclaran during Wednesday and in Quiapo during Fridays. I must say that Catholic faith is really evident in Cebu.

I feel so lucky to visit the place before the tragic magnitude 7.0 earthquake came last month. But a part of me can’t help but to feel sad because as we went there I see how each places we been in Cebu reflected the culture and tradition, not to mention the faith that our Cebuano kababayans have. Basilica de Sto. Nino  is one of the churches destroyed by the earthquake.

Aside from that, the landmarks and churches (cathedrals) are true reflection of the Filipino Catholic faith. With the sculptures and the architectural designs of churches there, I must say that those are real cultural heritage of us. Too bad some of it were destroyed by the recent earthquake but I am positive enough that with the faith of our fellow kababayans, nothing is impossible and God will truly make a way to establish His church again- more sturdy than before.

I also read that the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) as well as the government is taking some steps to restore the churches (as much as possible) that were destroyed in the place with  minimal changes with its architectural designs.

Bangon Cebu! (Rise again Cebu!)

Have you been to Cebu? How was your experience sweeties?

Quote Starters: Something Real

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This week’s quote starters is something unique since the quote I got is from someone who I’ve been with for months now. Can you guess who she is? Who would have thought that in the midst of an activity at work, I would be able to get something for this regular post of mine? And yes, it is from someone I usually encounter at work, from a student.

The deep sense of thought she have was something admirable that’s why I choose to feature it here. From their recollection, one of my students said this:

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It actually made me stop and think. She’s just only in Grade 7. Probably, 12-13 years old. But this thought of her awaken me.

 Yes, in our lives we committed mistakes. People judge us based on what we did. Though we are trying to correct the mistakes we had, there is a point in time when these mistakes are going back to us. People around us throw it back in our face, without considering the good things we did just to be a better person.

But at the end of the day, it is not about what others think about you. It would be what you think about yourself that matters most. As she said, we are worth it.

We should not grew tired of being good while correcting those mistakes we had, because that is the only way we can make ourselves feel better. That is the only way we can see our true worth.

Making mistakes is part of life. We learned from them. Those actually make us stronger, fiercer and bolder. Never ever let those mistakes to pull you down.

Just always remember, “YOU ARE WORTH OF SOMETHING GOOD DESPITE OF EVERYTHING!”

Have a great day sweeties.

Accessories Giveaway 101

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Fashion is my game. I love it ever since. I still remember myself experimenting with the fad over and over in a low cut budget when I was in high school and college.

I learn a lot through it. I’ve been into my “worst dressed” scenarios (yeah, several times) and also to my so called “best dressed” attires. I feel good whenever someone gives a good note on how I put up my outfits. Still in a budget, but more creative and appropriate.

With those, something did not change about me and that is the love for accessories. Yes! I am a fan of accessories. From the ones I personally make to those somewhat classy that I eventually can afford with my hard earned money.

I’ve been cleaning up lately and I found a lot of my accessories unused and I feel bad about it. Some are even new and unused because sometimes, I am the kind of buying anything that I want than regretting and thinking about it over and over. Once, someone told me that if I am not able to use something in a year, might as well give it away. So, I sorted out my accessories and viola! I was able to put up an accessories sale on my page. (You can check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.676441552390010.1073741841.668043599896472&type=1)

But still, that sale is not enough and I was thinking of just giving away some more. Because I am quite sure that I will be buying again soon at the Christmas Bazaars all over the metro and will be getting more as Christmas gifts (Yeah, I already expect that). I also need some room for my new and upcoming ones, and since my siblings nor my other relatives are not fond of it as much as I do, might as well give it to the ones who will value it more (of course, those are still my babies).

With those, I decide to put up a giveaway! Yes! Finally, after few months I am now back. I am actually planning to have 2 more giveaways before the year ends and hopefully my schedule will permit me to do so. Here are the items up for grabs for my one lucky winner.

set of bangles, 4 bracelets, pairs, 4 pairs of earrings, 5 rings (4 garterized and one from Hodge Podge), a strawberry key chain and 5 necklaces... Wooh! Many :)

set of bangles, 4 bracelets, pairs, 4 pairs of earrings, 5 rings (4 garterized and one from Hodge Podge), a strawberry key chain and 5 necklaces… Wooh! Many 🙂

I just can’t think of any nice title for this giveaway so let’s just keep it plain and simple, Accessories Giveaway 101. Please take note that most of the items in this giveaway are pre-loved but rest assured of its quality and durability. Some of it are even from Hongkong, Forever 21 that I was able to use just once (specially the bangles) because the gift giver wants me to see wearing it. I don’t usually wear bangles because I’m too thin… and it will surely just fall off.

Anyway, for this giveaway, you just need to follow the steps given by the rafflecopter below. Nothing more nothing less.

Click here to enter Accessories Giveaway 101.

I will be announcing the winner at the end of the month. With that, goodluck sweeties!

Just a happy TREAT to everyone.