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holy week break

Today is Holy Monday, the official start of the Holy week.

Since I filed for  a leave a day early, the day after tomorrow is the start of my holy week holiday.

In the Philippines it starts on Holy Thursday march 27, 2013; and as of the moment I am still stuck in the office counting down hours.

Listening to my summer inspired songs from the acoustic guitar duo Depapepe (デパペペ) they really get me to a relaxing, happy, vacation ready mood instantly. (check out their summer parade album)

photo from 101fundraising.org

photo from 101fundraising.org

As of this year’s holy week break I am planning to go on a short day trip to the beach and probably bum around and catch up on sleep on these few days of rest. Or go to nearby places I haven’t been to  or the usual pool I go to on holy week vacation.

Still undecided as to what my plans are but I can wing it.

*Enjoy the rest days but do not forget to reflect and remember what the Lenten season is all about.

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Running hot and cold

And you over-think, Always speak cryptically, I should know, That you’re no good for me…

 ‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold, You’re yes then you’re no, You’re in then you’re out.

 

Katy Perry knew it all too well.

katy Perry captured the feeling perfectly

katy Perry captured the feeling perfectly

So, here I am trying to figure out what happened?

I am a warm and caring person and usually go out of my way to greet/ask people about their lives when I am talking to them. I am cheery and friendly, I smile a lot.

No trouble connecting with people, I am always the one to understand and hear a friend out.

 

I  had a  friend who I used to talk to, text or email daily who suddenly cut off communication some months ago. The said friend has alternated between giving me the cold shoulder, giving me the silent treatment and avoiding me or being friendly and acting like nothing has ever happened. A few times The said friend has suddenly started communicating with me and I thought we were on our way to reconciling, then  suddenly turned cold again.

I’m tired of the whole situation, so I’m not going to make an effort anymore.

 

I thought and thought, but came up with nothing. I never did anything that would make the said friend feel bad in fact I always offer support and treated that friend nicely.

I don’t know why my friend is acting like this.  Everyone deserves friends who really care, not ones who enjoy your friendship for a reason or for a certain time.

 

I know the situation is so painful and embarrassing.

But as of the moment I need to stop thinking of what matters, and  doesn’t actually matter at all.

 

 

Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends. -Richard Bach

 


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Slather on the sunblock

Tropical living. 

(photos taken from pinterest)

(photos taken from pinterest)

Tropical living: equates to sunny skies, beach, watery fruits, chilled drinks, a nice evenly tanned skin and basically everything that could consist of  paradise. That is the fantasy…

The reality is:  sweaty bodies, airconditioned everything, light clothing, shorts and sandals everywhere…

Since I live in hot and humid Philippines, particularly  in the busy city of Manila that not a day goes by that I am not exposed to the smoke of the city… I dislike using sunblock since I don’t like the sticky feeling  associated with it, that plus the hot weather equals sticky and sweaty me with the added sprinkling of the city dust.

To add that list of gross-ness I also have sensitive skin, that being said I am very cautious on what I place on my skin… lest I breakout with pimples and clog my pores.

What  killer combinations. wtf.

I also have a problem with skin pigmentation. since I am fair, I have freckles. I think it is sort of weird for an Asian to get freckles, but I have them, a lot of them.

and I don’t want them to multiply!!! (I would look like a dalmatian…. no,no, no.)

For this my dermatologist advised to wear sunblock and stay away from the sun… which I reluctantly did.

Till I got used to it.

I have spf 60 sunblock for my face and spf 30 for my body so I don’t burn my skin.

I cannot leave home without applying sunblock.

The lowdown on sunblocks:

1. EVERYONE needs  sunscreen. No matter what age and skin color.

2. Avoid direct sunlight from 11am -3pm. Stay indoors or if it cannot be avoided make sure you wear protective clothing like a hat, long sleeved shirts or bring an umbrella with you.

3. Wear sunscreen daily even if you’re not in the beach. –this will prevent premature skin aging, wrinkles and sunspots

  • -SPF measures the amount of time your skin burn when exposed to the sun (before your skin starts to darken). You also usually see UVA & UVB on the label of your sunblock. what are they? (Both are sun rays but they have a different level of wavelengths.  UVA are the longer wavelength from the sun and it penetrates deeper into the skin. This wavelength is the number one enemy of our skin and is the culprit behind aging. UVB  on the other hand are the shorter wavelength and is the cause of sun burn and skin cancer.)
  • No need for sunblock if its a cloudy day? -Wrong! Eighty percent of UV rays can still pass through even on a cloudy day. On the beach,  Sand and water increases the sun’s reflection by 25 percent.

4. Use sunscreen on all exposed areas of the body. The amount? 1 shot glass is the ideal amount to cover all the exposed parts of the body.  Using less will still puts you at risk for skin cancer.

5. Allow the sunscreen to dry (about 15 minutes before heading out.)

6. Re-apply sunscreen (on the beach/outdoors: every 2 hours, and sunscreen is NOT and will never be waterproof.)

7. Know what type of sunscreen works for you.

  • Creams for face and lotion type for skin.  Sprays are ideal and easier to apply on children, and hairy areas. (eg. men’s chest)

8. look at the expiration date. A sunsblock is only good for  3years.  

 

 

Got it all covered?

-There are still other hidden causes of UV radiation damage. (ie, cooking can cause melasma)

-Bright lights, even the ones used for reading, are enough to harm the skin.

-Some sunblocks tend to leave a white cast on the skin. this is normal and sort of okay. But stay away from camera flash! white cast plus the camera flash would make you look like a white lady! (I am a constant victim of this. but oh well, at least I will not get premature wrinkles. )
-Wear your sunblock to keep the wrinkles/skin discoloration away.

-Your skin will thank you once you start using sunblock.


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The quest for the swimsuit figure…

Its officially Summer Season!

Time to hit the beach!

carefree summer days are here!

carefree summer days are here!

I love being in the water, swimming and soaking up the golden sun! However, I am a bit reluctant to don a swimsuit because I have a tummy pooch.

Just like any other girl, I have my own share of  body insecurities.

I am petite, sort of chubby but within the normal size, flat chested girl. How do I rock a swimsuit that would make me look sexy?! (look slimmer, have bigger looking bumpers, basically a better version of my body)

I see a lot of my Facebook friends who are posting their “swimsuit figure” photo and I want one too!

I always wore conservative swimwear when I am going out for a swim, but this time I wanted to have my own “bragging-rights-swimsuit-figure” picture of myself in swimwear. what to do now? I am still iffy on the idea of all my flaws being seen by others, and yet I so desperately want to have my own sexy swimwear photo! I mean, I must do it now! because as time passes, I will be too old and it will be too tacky to take a beach photo! whats a girl to do?!!!

I am a lazy girl and I don’t want to exercise or diet. But I still want a swimsuit figure…

I must figure out the magic trick.

so, I went out in search of my magic formula, and my magic swimwear.

And found one. After a lot of trials and ill fitting, too tight and too loose swimsuits, I managed to get my own piece of “Magic” swimwear.

In finding a perfect fit, you have to understand your body shape. and your assets and flaws.

So, here is a chart to help you determine your body shape.

look for your body shape

Look for your body shape. (click to enlarge)

Once you find your body shape, take to account what your assets and flaws are to better help you in your quest for the “magic” swimsuit .

highlight the assets, and hide the flaws.

Here are the tips and tricks for each body type.

rectangle body shape

rectangle body shape

who has the same body type as yours?

Rectangle Shaped style icons -Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman

pear body shape

pear body shape

who has the same body type as yours?

Pear Shaped style icons -JLo, Jennifer Love-Hewitt

hourglass body shape

hourglass body shape

who has the same body type as yours?

Hourglass  Shaped style icons -Megan Fox, Scarlett Johansson

cone body shape

cone body shape

who has the same body type as yours?

Cone Shaped style icons -Reneé Zellweger, Giselle Bundchen

diamond body shape

diamond body shape

who has the same body type as yours?

Diamond  Shaped style icons -Catherine Zeta-Jones, Oprah Winfrey

Turns out I have a pear shape body! 

In the quest  for a “sexy beach body” I got myself a bikini! Yes, a bikini!

My petite 32-26-34  body will rock a bikini this summer! Yey! excited much!

I also looked for a flattering color for my pale yellow-ish, freckled, asian skin tone. And went with a bright fuchsia/dark charcoal to highlight my skin tone.

I got a padded cup bandeau, and high cut legs! makes me look like I have a rack (thanks to the padded top) and look taller (thanks to the high cut bottom).

Turns out shopping for a swimsuit can be so much easier when you know what you are looking for!

Now I just need to find a cover-up, a cute summer dress, and a pair of flip flops to complete my summer look!

^that would be really easy now that I figured out my main summer swimwear! 

I’m ready for summer!