I want to shout to the whole world, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, to all mommies, nanays, mamas, mothers, inangs out there most especially sa mommy ko, Erlinda M. Adams. I never really quite realized how much sacrifice, pain and hardship being a mother entails until I became one myself. It's no walk in the park, it's the hardest thing in the whole wide world and yet here is my mom, surviving all of life's challenges with my dad by her side in order to provide a good life for us three siblings to the best of her ability.
Sunday, May 08, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016
The following is a detailed account of the experiences my facial skin went through from February 18, 2016 up to present (April 26). This is not to generalize the effects of the various skin products I used because there so many factors concerned which is why effects on skin may vary from person to person depending on existing variables like skin type, age, hormonal changes, genes, etc.
My skin is not flawless nor perfect. It was just okay. Even as a teenager, I didn't have much problems with it and I could survive by just putting makeup and my face would then look all fine and pretty.
Then when I got pregnant last year, so many things were off limits including the use of facial products like Proactive which I have been using since 2010. Add to that the fact that my hormones were going through the roof so aside from mood swings, over-fatigue, aches and pains brought about by my pregnancy, I was also having a major facial breakout much worse than when I was a teenager. It was disheartening but because I was a stay-at-home would-be mom all cooped up inside our small apartment in Dumaguete at that time, plus I was always asleep 15-16 hours a day and didn't go out that much, it didn't really bother me. Anyway, it was just bebeko Hanz who saw me day in and day out so it was fine.
My Skin During and After Pregnancy
Thursday, March 24, 2016
We had plans of spending the Holy Week at the beach with my parents and nephews. My mom suggested Calaguas and since we haven't been there yet, I got excited at the thought of it. Since I couldn't anymore find the time to handle the planning for that trip, I delegated it to Bebeko Hanz. He was doing a great job researching for everything, from hotels we can stay at, to places to see in the area, things to do, what we need to buy, etc. when the boatman he was texting said that the coast guard won't be allowing any infants in the boat trip. The kid has to be 2 years old and up before they could board and go island hopping. Oh no!!! To make this long story short and to my dismay, we decided not to go anymore. Baby Tuz is just 4 months old and we don't want to go anywhere without him. We'll just wait for him until he turns two and that's when we'll revisit our Calaguas plans.
So it's already the Holy Week and we don't have any other contingencies. Everywhere else is booked, if not, rooms are available at twice the price or more since it's peak season. It's gonna be one heck of a traffic ride going to and fro, and we'll just be stuck in a stressful situation if we decide to book a last minute beach vacation.
What to do?
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
I've been asking myself where am I getting all this energy I have day in and day out? Despite feeling oh so tired at times, I always feel excited about life. Then I thought about my life list. I started listing stuff I wanted to do with my life back in college. I was 18, around the same time I began watching Oprah on TV and had this little mantra in my head that I'd recite every morning and night to help me get out of the rut I was feeling and live a fulfilling life despite poverty and hardships.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
I just got back from our long weekend trip in Baguio and I haven't really rested yet -- photo below --- (was working at night the whole time, helping bebeko Hanz take care of baby Tuz and touring various tourist spots at day time) when I decided to take a peek at my blog.
An anonymous person commented (I'd like to believe it's out of concern) that people soliciting investments in the name of Global Intergold might get prosecuted. So of course I got concerned. And just to put everyone's mind at peace, I am not a sales agent of Global Intergold soliciting investments from people. I don't solicit investments. I don't ask people money. I am simply a client of the company buying gold from their website and sharing my personal experiences with them on my blog. This is after all my online diary. I buy gold from them and follow their terms and conditions and once I fulfill the company's requirements, they reward me with 100 grams of mini gold bars found in my online gold vault inside my account with Global Intergold. It's like buying music from iTunes or buying books from Amazon.
But just to be on the safe side, I did message them a while ago about this and here is Global Intergold's reply:
Friday, February 26, 2016
This blog post is related to the very first blog post I did about how I got rewarded more than 500 grams of gold worth more than one million pesos in Global Intergold. In short, How I Became a Millionaire via Global Intergold.
This is also related to that post I did about How to Say No When People Ask for Money (and why I don't and never will lend money to family and friends.
Having money (or not having it) brings up a lot of varying issues and emotions. To think it's just a thing, something to help us in living a life free of worry and poverty. It doesn't buy happiness per se, but it can give you a sense of security and peace and thereby aid you in your happiness. I know a lot of people who are cash poor but happy. I myself experienced joy even on those times when I was broke and penniless. At the same time, I experienced a lot of stress and unhappiness too even when I already had a lot of money in my pocket. So it's really not about the money per se, but how one uses it as a tool to give him or her the quality of life he or she wants.
So on this blog post, I want to make you understand that I've been there in your position before. I used to be cash poor. I used to envy those people I see online getting rewarded with gold and having lots of money. But I didn't want to envy them anymore. I want to be them! Or maybe even better! So you don't have to envy me for what I have achieved in my life so far. You also don't have to stress me by always asking for money just because you think I may have more than what others have. You don't have to feel anything at all towards me but you can learn from me because I am very much willing to teach you.
Friday, February 19, 2016
Jericho, Kate Spade, Fully Booked, Marissa Del Mar Wellness Package - My Almost Half a Million Peso Birthday Gifts
Walking along ATC not knowing that I'll be spending big soon!
I'm the type of person who is very frugal or "kuripot". I rarely buy things that are considered expensive because I know the value of money and working hard for it. But sometimes, I do slip and treat myself to something considered luxury. After all, I work really hard for whatever money I have and I do feel I deserve to pamper myself once in a while.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Hey, it's my birthday today! I just turned 38... so proud!
I know my magical dream age is 40 (I can't wait for it!) but I am very much happy and content with where I am now. Actually, when I was 18 years old and started watching Oprah, I just told myself that 40 would be my IT age because that's when I'll have all the wisdom I need to finally be okay. That's when I'll finally see myself stable (emotionally, mentally, psychologically and financially). But because God is so great, he has granted me my wishes much earlier. At 38, I can finally say that I am happy and stable and I intend to keep it that way. Let me enumerate:
Friday, February 12, 2016
Through the years, I've developed my own unique style that even as I grew older, didn't change much anymore. I'd like to call it my own bo-arty (Bohemian-arty) look. So every time I shop, I don't really follow a specific trend; I just wear whatever feels comfortable for me and that usually involves showing a little skin and donning my good ol' hats.
So this is my body after I gave birth... not bad!
But the thing is, since Baby Tuz was conceived last year, I stopped shopping for new outfits. I used to buy a dozen of new shoes or a closet full of clothes at a time but for some reason, I just didn't do that anymore. I guess I was saving all my energy and fashion money for our upcoming baby plus, I was getting too big to really care.
Well, now that the pregnancy is over and Baby Tuz is growing bigger and bigger, I just started craving for new clothes again. However, since I'm still quite big and my OB hasn't given me the go signal yet to go back to the gym, plus all my time and energy is spent working, taking care of our baby, doing chores and running errands, I jumped into the next best thing which is is mixing and matching all these clothes I've collected all these years. Some of these I haven't even worn yet and the others, I've already totally forgotten about.
So allow me to document the outfits I've come up with since after I gave birth. Doing so makes me feel happy, inspired and good about myself. And also, this way, I'll come up with more mix and matching style ideas for the next time I go shopping.
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
From just YOU... just ME... to you and me, US TWO... and now it's you, me and Tuz... US THREE. Happy birthday to the man who made a dream I didn't know I had become a reality!
I never expected that I'll build a new life with my very best friend and it's amazing how every moment I am with you seems like a dream come true. So to my best friend, my partner, the amazing father of my child, my entertainment center (lol!), my confidant, my chef, my fund manager, my math teacher, my all-around house help, my caregiver, my mechanic, my carpenter, my driver, the love of my life, my soulmate... HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Magkasingtanda na tayo! (^_^)
Thank you sa lahat, lahat, lahat! You are God's blessing to me and I thank Him everyday for giving me you. Mahal na mahal ka namin ni Baby Tuz, now and forever... to infinity and beyond, bebeko Hanz! Here's to a long, happy and fulfilling life with you.
Friday, January 01, 2016
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!!
Before I actively face the year of the monkey (2016), I'd like to take a moment and look back at the year that has gone by (2015).
Since I haven't been blogging much the past year due to my delicate pregnancy during the first trimester, frequent travels and our being busy with Global Intergold, I promised myself to create a post this new year that will make me look back at the last 12 months with hope and gratitude. And indeed, as I was going through the thousands of photos I accumulated last year, my heart was filled with joy as I began to realize just how blessed bebeko Hanz and I have been despite of all the challenges we've been through. Not only did our major dreams come true (being able to start a new life together, getting our first million pesos from Global Intergold, buying our dream car, getting pregnant and having safely delivered our beautiful baby boy) I was also still able to live my life as a nomad, a sexy nomad albeit pregnant. Ako na ang hyper na buntis! Hehehe! ;)
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Oh my God! Oh my God! oh my God!
Mahirap na masirap ang pagiging isang ina...
I can't believe that our little angel is now one month old! Happy 1st month EURWYN TUSCANY KALE (a.k.a. Baby TUZ)!
Thursday, December 10, 2015
I'm a MOM!
Describing the 9-month journey of carrying our little angel inside of me as a one long roller coaster ride is definitely an understatement! Never in my wildest dreams did I really think I will become a mother and now that it's happening... that I am one, I can just say.. WOW! Thank you, God!
Saturday, July 04, 2015
HOW I FIRST GOT "SCAMMED" BY GLOBAL INTERGOLD
(SCAM here means S-ure C-ash A-ng M-atatanggap)
Wow! It was almost half a year ago when I last blogged about my life here. You probably know me to be a busy person, hence, the intermittent posts in the past, but this time around, it wasn't because of my travels and online work as a virtual assistant that 've been busy with. Truth is, I've been busy buying gold and making myself a millionaire in a period of almost 5 months! I'm just so fed up working 24 hours a day with no decent savings in the bank! I wanted a new life and I wanted major positive changes to start happening to me. This is why I've always loved reading self-help, happiness and money books since time immemorial and why I took up insurance studies back in September 2014 until I realized that it would take 3 years for me to even start earning P300K a month. Add to that the fact that I needed to be driving my own car to meet up with potential clients and of course as an introvert, the thought of facing clients puts a huge pressure on me. So after weeks of studies, I decided not to take the insurance exam and pursued other interests instead.
Monday, January 19, 2015
This blog post is the second of a four-part blog series detailing my experience with Barefoot Travels as I joined them in their Whitewater Rafting Adventure in Magdalena, Laguna. It was one amazing tour package inclusive of the following:
- Hike to Taytay Falls in Majayjay
- Magdalena Whitewater rafting
- Food trip and shoe shopping at Liliw
- Stopover at St. Magdalene Parish Church