Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Age is Just a Number

Imagine for a bit, and let's say, you don't know how old  you are. What number would you give when people ask you the somewhat socially-intrusive question, "How old are you?" Conduct a social experiment and act as young or as old as you want to be and see how your family and friends treat you or act around you.

You might be surprised to hear comments, "you should act your age," "you're already x-number of years old so you should feel a certain way," or "why are you so immature?" This social experiment is actually the opposite of immaturity because you're shattering  stereotypes about age and embracing the wise but fun side of you!

Who says you can't  love or be kilig like a love-struck teenager? Who says you can't make adult decisions because you're only a fresh college graduate? Who says you can't lift weights or run a marathon after a certain age? Who says working professionals can't love anime or cosplay? You can do and be anything you want to be when you're young or when you're old. As long as you're not physically or emotionally hurting anyone, even yourself, stick to what makes you happy at any age.




*Taken from Belle De Jour Power Planner

Thursday, February 1, 2018

My First Althea Box


I ordered an Althea Box as a gift to myself last Christmas. I saw several posts on Instagram and immediately became curious. I've subscribed to other beauty boxes like the BDJ Box and Glamour Box so this was not an entirely new thing for me although it's my first time to try out Korean beauty products. It took a while for the box to arrive (approximately 3 weeks) but I let it pass since I knew that they'll be shipped directly from Korea. I'm used to receiving my online purchases within 2 - 3 days so this was a bit of a torture. All the waiting was worth it though since the box contained lots of items for only Php1,370 (actual price is Php3,250). It's really a steal since there were 3 full size items. This definitely won't be the last time I order from Althea.

What's in the box?

Missha The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist (Full Size)
Rire Pore Tightening Fresh Toner (Full Size)
Missha Super Aqua Refreshing Cleansing Foam (Full Size)
It's Skin Power 10 Formula (13 Options Sample)
Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask Green Tea (2 pcs.)
Max Clinic Max Change Oil Foam Sample (2 pcs.)
Chica Y Chico Matt Cushion Semi Matt #23






Sunday, January 7, 2018

Hortikultura 2018


Living in the city has always had its perks. From the bustling economy, a wide range of shopping malls to choose from to the sleepless rendezvous. But once in a while, you’d be telling yourself that you’d need a breather! With the countless room for opportunities, the metro has its dark, looming side, air pollution that is!      So how can you escape this impending health hazard? With plants of course! Plants have this powerful ability to cleanse our air off the harmful substances, particularly carbon dioxide. The more plants the better of course!  Apart from cleaning the air that we breathe in , plants also  lend a very calming and refreshing  ambience. Studies show that indulging your peepers in anything green is a form of relaxation.  

Since we are in the metro spawned by massive buildings and edifices how can we go about introducing more greeneries into our homes and environment? The Philippine Horticultural Society Inc or PHSI is a non-profit organization  of plant lovers whose advocacy is to spread  , once again, the enthusiasm for plants . Some of the organization’s mission is to promote the preservation and conservation of native plant species, to promote awareness and appreciation of plant life and to promote affiliation with international plant communities.  With the efforts of  the PHSI, the metro will hopefully breathe  fresher air  again. It can always begin in our own homes and communities!     In line with this advocacy, the PHSI will be holding a “grand greenery event ” on February 2018!

On Feb 2-11, a massive greenery festival will showcase our own endemic, and hybrid plants. Celebrated annually, the Horikultura Filipina 2018  will also showcase several gardening and horticultural practices in manila. If you are aching to grow out your own garden in your homes but don’t know how, this is the perfect event for you! As per the organization, you need not be a plant expert or one with the so called “green thumb “to cultivate your own garden. You just need to know the  basic knows and how’s. This is one of the goals of the organization, to make gardening and cultivation of plants accessible to everyone! To keep up the excitement, we’ve heard that they are also going to showcase some plant species that may cost up to 2 M pesos ( eyes popping!)  So set your calendars for one of the country’s widest  greenery festival, the HORTIKULTURA 2018. 

 Activities to expect at HORTIKULTURA 2018                                                                 

TRADE FAIR, ORNAMENTAL POTTED PLANTS COMPETITION, STREET DANCING, INSTALLATION ART, PHOTO EXHIBIT OF PHILIPPINE ORCHID SPECIES, BONSAI EXHIBIT, TERRARIUM, AQUA SCAPE VIVARIUM EXHIBIT, GARDEN TOUR, DAILY RAFFLE, ACOUSTIC NIGHTS, DAILY LECTURE AND WORKSHOP,ORCHIDS ASEPTIC CULTURE EXHIBIT, DAILY RAFFLE.                              
                                                                
For more information, you can visit their Facebook page, Philippine Horticultural Society Inc. 


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Never Let Lose a Strand of Your Patience



Have you ever experienced a day wherein nothing seems to go well, that no matter how you try to choose the right path, you keep making the wrong turn? Just like having a bad hair day, no matter how many times you comb your hair, it just would not budge.

Life can be challenging at times but there will always be a way to resolve these challenges and come out victorious. Having this in mind will be easy to keep your patience and continue to move forward.
Just like losing strands of your hair due to factors beyond your control, you too can do something.

·         Eat healthy – Eating the right food can alter your mood. Having low-level of folic acid in your body can cause anxiety, hence, food such as asparagus, avocado, salmon, and almond are recommended to fight stress hormones.
·         Stay calm – Listen to comforting music and reading feel-good stories can help switch you to a calm mood.
·         Exercise – Exercise releases endorphins that can relieve you from stress and anxiety.
·         Supplement –Taking in Vitamins such as B-complex can alter mood swings.

Don’t let your stress factors contribute to your hair loss. Letting yourself succumb to anxiety will definitely show up to your follicles and this can lead to more hair loss.
Hectic schedules and pressure from work, not to mention the pollution and filth outside easily make you feel unease and, at times, irritable. Slow down a bit, have fun and relax. There’s no better way to begin with your mane.

Tip 1:  The stroke of a comb can give you a soothing feeling while, at the same time, help unleash the natural oil of your hair.

Tip 2:  Stay away from getting pigtails, hair weaves, braids and tight hair rollers, which can pull and stress your hair.

Tip 3: Avoid perming, straightening or coloring because they contain toxic chemicals that could cause damage to your locks.

Tip 4: Choose natural. Use NOVUHAIR topical solution. Apply liberal amount on to your scalp and hair. Massage it gently for -10 minutes to help permeate deeply from root to tip. NOVUHAIR is packed with 19 natural ingredients that help promote growth, nourishment and rejuvenation of your tress.

NOVUHAIR is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide. For more information, please contact hotlines 4136570 and 09228830575 from Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm or visit www.novuhair.com

Monday, December 18, 2017

NOVUHAIR Turns Favor With Holiday Bash Promo



So you’ve got your festive outfit set and the fancy gift wrapped for your “monito” or “monita”. All that’s left undone is a party season-perfect hairstyle. 

The fresh out of the shower look can be seductive yet temporary. Blame it to tropical climate, it can spoil your appearance, besides making you feel sweaty and stale. The heat and humidity brought about by extreme weather condition, likewise, dries out the locks easily and make it more fragile. 

Adding damage to your delicate strands are the chemical contents of various products on hand. From shampoo to conditioner and hair treatment, down to styling goods to groom it to your liking, their harsh synthetic materials jeopardize the natural oil and luster of your mane.

Because you are what you eat, the fate of your crowning glory is in the plate. Your diet must have the correct balance of vitamins and minerals to supply hair with all that it needs to become shiny and strong. So don’t overindulge, especially this time of the year when gastronomic feasts are spread almost everywhere you go. Be careful on what you take in, thinking that it’s also what you feed your ‘do.

Even stress can wear off the beauty and health of the tress. And that’s exactly what you should avoid this Yuletide season. Never put pressure on yourself just to please everyone. Just take it easy, let your hair down and party all night long. 

In this time of gratitude, NOVUHAIR makes everyday “a good hair day” for its valued patrons like you with its Christmas and Year-End Promo. Get an extra NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo 200 ml. worth P1,040 for FREE if you buy a NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack at participating WATSONS stores nationwide (DOH-FDA CCRR Permit No.: 967 s. 2017).

Packed with 19 natural ingredients—mostly standardized herbal extracts, essential oils and co-factor nutrients—NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion does not only help prevent the hair fall malady, but also aids in stimulating hair growth. NOVUHAIR helps prevent hair loss, improve overall appearance, promote nourishment and rejuvenation. It is clinically-tested and proven safe and effective.

Opt for the best with this Christmas and Year-End promo. Whether it’s a luxury gift for your loved ones, or a self-indulgent treat for you, NOVUHAIR has the perfect gift to inspire and keep you party-ready this Holiday season, while providing you with the ultimate styling result.


For inquiries, please call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575. You may also visit www.novuhair.com or Novuhair’s Facebook page – Novuhair Official.  

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Financial Security For the Future



It's important to have short term and long term money goals if you want to save enough money to buy what you want and need and most importantly, have money for the future. You can totally avoid financial uncertainty by doing this. My Belle De Jour Power Planner is so useful in this area because it offers a lot of tips concerning financial matters. Here are but a few:

Evaluate the way you spend your cash (prioritize needs over wants), then come up with resourceful ways to turn spending to saving (go for DIY instead of buying). Set aside a fixed amount (at least 20% of your monthly income) and allocate these resources to important funds or investments that will provide you with financial security. 

Think about your priority (is it to buy a house, start a family, invest in stocks, or prepare for your retirement?) and carefully weigh all your options before moving forward. Invest in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other growth investments or talk to a financial adviser to help you find the best match. Take charge and you'll reap the rewards!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Uni-Pak Mackerel Sandwich Recipe + Giveaway (Closed) + Winner


It's a fast-paced world we're living in and keeping up with everything that's happening around us can be daunting at times. We're so busy that there're times when we even forget to eat and would just remember that we've skipped a meal when we're already having hunger pangs. Things like this shouldn't happen because it's just wrong to compromise our health over matters that are less important. As they say "health is wealth". We can work and earn as much money as we want only if we're strong and healthy. Besides, we can always cook meals that're both healthy and easy to prepare. 


I used to eat pork but stopped because I'd get dizzy even if it's just a small portion. Hindi basta nakasanayan the best na yan, as the saying goes. Nowadays, I only eat veggies, chicken, and seafoods. My go-to food is usually Uni-Pak products. That's why I was so happy when Uni-Pak sent me cans of Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil (along with a T-shirt and mug). I tell my friends, basta mackerel dapat tatak Uni-Pak. Because of Uni-Pak, I can cook hearty meals in no time. Plus, mackerel is one of the best sources of iron, selenium, calcium, protein, minerals, Omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitamins B and D. It's said to help in fighting dementia, breast, prostate, renal, and colon cancers, and cardiovascular diseases. Mackerel strengthens the immune system and supports the functions of organs that have been weakened by sickness.

Having said that, I'd like to share a simple recipe that everyone, especially people on the go, would certainly appreciate. 


Uni-Pak Mackerel Sandwich

Ingredients:

1 can of 425 g Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil drained and flaked
2 tablespoons red onions, minced
1 tablespoon lemon or calamansi juice
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
8 slices white or wheat bread
salt, sugar, and pepper to taste


Procedure:

1.) Mix the mackerel, minced onion, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, sugar, and pepper.
2.) Spread the mackerel mixture on slices of bread.
3.) Close the sandwiches.



Uni-Pak is owned by SLORD Development Corporation, a company that specializes in toll-packing quality canned goods. In business since 1985, Uni-Pak Mackerel products adhere to strict quality control standards and are manufactured using only the freshest ingredients and up-to-date processing and packing facilities. 


Uni-Pak Mackerel is really worth trying so I'm going to have a giveaway where one lucky winner will get a special gift pack. 



Mechanics:

1.) Like Me, Myself & the City Facebook page
2.) Like the Uni-Pak Facebook page
3.) Share this post publicly with the hashtags #tatakunipak, #paknapak, and #unipak
4.) Follow @lourdes.espanol on Instagram
5.) Follow @kikayprincess02 on Twitter
6.) Comment your FB, IG, Twitter and link of your shared post.


The giveaway is open only to my readers in the Philippines. Giveaway period is from October 27 to November 10, 2017.

The winner will be announced on November 12. Uni-Pak will be responsible in shipping the prize to the winner.


Thank you and goodluck!


And the winner is.......


BABETH ARCEDE



Congrats! Uni-Pak will be responsible in shipping your prize.