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Of stress and breakouts

I am stressed. I think.

Office Bunny

Office Bunny

I have been on a roll with a lot of things to do, work, errands, and last minute work load changes for the past week and I am paying for it right now.  I am lacking sleep and the hot weather doesn’t help either.

Hello to panda eyes and breakouts. Just when I thought I have it under control here they are again.

Tomorrow is Labor day and I have work. *sigh* so before heading to work I plan to drop by my dermatologist to get the skin sorted out.

While I don’t exactly look forward to a visit to the dermatologist, I mean who wants the pricking and injections?! Not to mention the damage on my wallet. I need it.

Whew, just let me get over with this.


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Melting Point

global warming  photo from the Fancy

Global Warming

As I write this, I feel delirious from the summer’s sweltering heat.

Philippines being a tropical country is hot enough, but every summer the heat goes for 33-36 degrees Celsius, that could rise up to 37 degrees Celsius depending on the weather. It is as if my brain is being fried, I feel hot and sticky one minute, and the other feeling like a chick being hatched in the incubator the heat is pushing me to sleep. I hate going outdoors because the heat can be too much. I also stay right in front of the electric fan or air conditioner the whole day to feel better but that causes the electricity bills to soar. Its either I stew in my own sweat or pay the electricity bill that is always outrageous every summer. And I feel lazy, I wont bother getting my ass up to exercise, because I hate being sweaty all the more when the weather is this hot! Plus, sweat mixed with bacteria is equivalent to clogged pores and clogged pores is equivalent to acne. I don’t want that so, yeah I will just get fat. Whatever.

Before, I used to take a bath a day and wash my face, and arms before I sleep, now I have been taking two baths everyday to cool myself. One in the morning and one in the evening, and that will also reflects on the water bill. *facepalm*

There is also a cause of concern on hydration. Before the norm was 8 glasses of water or 1.5 liters a day. The new normal is now 2.5 liters a day. What a difference.

I am used to drinking water in room temperature but now it just wont do. I need ice in my water to feel refreshed. I get a lot of juices whenever I go grocery shopping, and now going out across the street to buy carbonated drinks is a legitimate excuse to give to my mum even if it is 8:00 pm. We still use the computer sparingly, close to never watch tv, continue with our usual electric fan and air conditioning schedule yet my parents complain of all the heightened bills every summer.

My pet rabbits also feels the same, they are lethargic due to the heat. They drink and pee like no tomorrow just to cool themselves. I feel sorry for them, but what can I do? I can only just give them more watery fruits/veggies and more water. At times I place ice on their pet bottle, and mist their ears with water to help cool them a bit, it works but just for a while and its back to the uncomfortable heat again.

I can only wonder, how about others, how do they fare with the climate? I mean where I live is in the Tropics, what about those who live in the deserts? I can only imagine. Climate change is strongly felt year by year, and with the polar ice caps melting fast there is a looming possibility that the north and south pole will be ice free. Poor penguins and polar bears, they don’t stand a chance.


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Mint Condition

I have a love for everything minty!

The color, the scent, the sweet flavor with a cool aftertaste.

I really like the coolness of it. That is why when my lip balm ran out, I wanted something minty.

Good thing I found this last Sunday!

EOS Lip balm in Sweet Mint

EOS Lip balm in Sweet Mint

EOS  (Evolution of Smooth) lip balms have been around for a while but, they weren’t easy to find in the Philippines.

I was actually smitten by its egg shaped packaging. Cute right?

  • They are also organic and doesn’t test on animals! A definite plus point!

I was told that this product was popular, and even Ed Westwick uses it! And I was like, Okay. Here is my money. 

If I cant get a kiss from Ed Westwick, I might as well get his lip balm instead! 

*a look at other EOS celebrity fans http://evolutionofsmooth.com//press-us

Do they live up to the hype?

I find the product true to its name, sweet and minty, it is also not sticky, its more of waxy. And the shape is something new, although I prefer a stick type as this round thing can be bulky. (to bring on a clutch, place in jeans pocket) Easy application!  Hold your lips in their normal position (you don’t have to make the O lips) and with just one quick swipe the large round balm covers both lips at once! But, you would have to keep this in a cool place, as this lip balm has the tendency to melt. In terms of moisturizing, I find it fair, nothing special. I think this balm would last long since there is a good amount of product in the container. No residue.

They come in other flavors/variants too: Summer Fruits (which is the “original” flavor), Lemon Drop (with added SPF), Honeysuckle Honeydew, Tangerine (Medicated)

Their promise: eos lip balm is 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, eos keeps your lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth.

*Price? I got this for 250php. 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the product. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for this (from) my own pocket. 


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Take a walk

I love going for walks, provided that the weather is not that hot.

At times those little walks I take lets me discover a quiet spot. Recently I took a walk and I will share to you the sight/s of the spot I visited.

Puerta Real Garden, Intramuros

Puerta Real Garden, Intramuros

The place is quiet and a bit secluded from the busy-ness of the area. You have to cross a drawbridge to enter the garden.

Here are photos of what the garden looks like.

inside Puerto Real Gardens, Intramuros

inside Puerto Real Gardens, Intramuros

Nothing like greenery to calm a stressed mind. A few more days to the weekend!

 

The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there. -George Bernard Shaw

 


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Not Amused

photo from buzzfeed

photo from buzzfeed

Since my heart is golden,  I’ve got sense to hold in,

Tempted just to make an ugly scene. No, I’m not as proper.

-Carried Away-Passion Pit

This Day isn’t exactly what I had in mind. Basically, I am not amused with almost everything that is happening today.So, I am writing this post just to keep myself from doing more damage. And me being angry/spewing nasty words is not exactly a good example of being a good christian.

I have to get my dress which I an going to wear on the weekend refitted. Because the original dress was way too big around the armhole area, I had it refitted and altered, but the tailor did a measly job that resulted in me wasting money and the dress was still ill fitting and now stained with coffee. Que horror! 
I am going to another tailor to get it altered again.
Things are not exactly going as planned at work too. but yeah, I can manage. I am just disappointed.
So, the ear phones are out.  Will drown out everything else for now.


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National Museum of the Philippines

Oh, a museum visit.

Paying a visit to the Philippine National Museum

Paying a visit to the Philippine National Museum

Wait, before you go and wave it off why not try to see it in a different light, other than a school field trip spot?

Have you ever been in a museum other than for the said reason? No? Then this can be the time to enjoy a trip to the museum and probably learn a thing or two.

All you have to do is express a slight interest in them.

Take a look, it will be worth your while.

Upon entry into the museum. This is the first painting that will greet you.

The Spoliarium

The Spoliarium

This is the Spoliarium (often misspelled Spolarium) is a painting by the Filipino artist Juan Luna. It took eight months to finish this award winning masterpiece on a greatly huge canvas depicting dying gladiators. This painting was submitted by Luna to the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1884 in Madrid, where it garnered the first gold medal (out of three).

a closer look at the Spoliarium

a closer look at the Spoliarium

Its metal inscription

Spoliarium's metal label

Spoliarium’s metal label

look up the Spoliarium it has a great deal of story and history. And that is just the first!

Walking along I came across a lot of paintings, I will share to you those that caught my eye.

The Progress of Medicine in the Philippines by Carlos Modesto Villaluz Francisco or Botong

The Progress of Medicine in the Philippines by Carlos Modesto Villaluz Francisco or “Botong Francisco”

This is a series of paintings  by Carlos V. Francisco  or also known as Botong Francisco. He is known for his murals. These were specially commissioned for the entrance hall of the Philippine General Hospital in 1953. Declared a National Cultural Treasure, these extraordinary works were displayed on loan to the National Museum by the University of the Philippines for restoration and preservation.

These are oil-on-canvas panels, depicting the history and development of medicine in the country. ( pre-colonial period, the Spanish colonial period, the American Occupation era, and the modern era of the 1950s.)

Then to the next room.

Fish Forms by Ang Kiukok

Fish Forms by Ang Kiukok

This Painting was done by Ang Kiukok (洪救國), his style is really distinct. He merges  cubismsurrealism and expressionism. What makes him very interesting to me is because He studied art at University of Santo Tomas. (which is also my school!) and he has Chinese roots just like me!

The Origins by Jose Joya

The Origins by Jose Joya

Here is a abstract, impasto (paint is applied thickly so as the brush strokes are visible, to add texture and create depth), triptych (three panels) by Jose Joya.

Are you familiar with Vicente S. Manansala?

Here is one of His works. He was a Filipino cubist painter and illustrator.

Calesa by Vicente S. Manansala

Calesa by Vicente S. Manansala

He developed transparent cubism, wherein the “delicate tones, shapes, and patterns of figure and environment are masterfully superimposed”. In this artwork Calesa, He used watercolors as his artistic media.

If you live in the Philippines, I am sure you know our national hero Jose P. Rizal.

Jose Rizal- Portrait done by Felix Gonzales

Jose Rizal- Portrait done by Felix Gonzales

Did you know he is also a skilled artist?

Ermitaño-Terra cotta sculpture made by Jose

Ermitaño – Terra cotta sculpture made by Jose Rizal

here is another sculpture by Rizal

mother's revenge - a clay sculpture

mother’s revenge – a clay sculpture

Here is a short story behind this sculpture: Rizal was inspired to create the sculpture by an incident that occurred while he was exiled in Dapitan and set up a school, in 1894. Some of his students secretly went to Dapitan in a boat from Talisay and a puppy of Rizal’s dog Syria tried to follow them and was eaten by a crocodile. Rizal scolded the boys, telling them that if they had not gone to town without his permission the puppy would not have died and its mother would have been spared the sorrow of losing an offspring. He further stressed the moral of the incident by making a statuette showing the mother dog killing the crocodile, to avenge her lost puppy. He called this “The Mother’s Revenge.”

(source of this story: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=The_Mother’s_Revenge)

And here is a architectural drawing of our national hero.

View of Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

View of Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

Multi-talented huh? Can write, draw, sculpt, be a doctor, teacher and hero! Amazing!

let us now move along…

Feeding the Chickens by Simon Flores

Feeding the Chickens by Simon Flores

Rustic and earthy. Feeding the Chickens By Simon Flores. I love the simplicity of the scene.

Located in the next room was the sculptures. While I am not really fond of sculptures, I find this impeccable.

Virgin and Child by Isabelo Tampinco

Virgin and Child by Isabelo Tampinco

Isabelo Tampinco is a sculptor known for his woodcarvings for churches.  He makes Art Nouveau style woodcarvings. He is also a Chinese mestizo!  His  works are admired by Jose Rizal. 

Paying a closer look to the National Museum’s door handles.

I found out that they are by Napoleón Abueva.  (My friends, He is the “Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture”.)

Commissioned door handles by Napoleón Abueva

Commissioned door handles by Napoleón Abueva

Then went on to see the zoology division of the museum. It was dark and filled with animal skeletons.

Skeleton of a Sperm Whale

Skeleton of a Sperm Whale

Their main exhibit was this skeleton of a sperm whale. I find it weird that they are named that way… but, it is actually because sperm whales contain about 3 tons of  “spermaceti” oil (waxy liquid) in its head. This whale is the largest of the toothed whales.

Before the museum was a museum, It was the Congress of the Philippines. Look.

An old photo of what it used to be.

An old photo of what it used to be.

This is what it looks like now.

The old senate hall

The old senate hall

The museum building is actually very ornamented.

beautiful stairwell

beautiful stairwell

I have never given much thought to this old building, but I must say it is very rich in history.

and so, I proceed with another painting that I find very eye catching.

This is Sabel by Ben Cab (Benedicto Cabrera).

Sabel. Dynamic and brightly hued.

Sabel. Dynamic and brightly hued.

Here is another piece by Vicente Manansala, this time his artistic medium is oil.

Bayanihan by Vicente Manansala

Bayanihan by Vicente Manansala

Upstairs I found this window. I had to take this photo. This is the pre-spanish language of the Philippines.

Definitely Filipino

Baybayin-Definitely Filipino

The Baybayin. I was thought that these characters are called the Alibata, but that tag was incorrect. It is Baybayin which means “to spell”.

Then I walked along a lot of preserved and bottled fish/taxidermy animals, that i thought looks creepy, so I will spare you the sight and not post them here.

After the museum visit, I went to grab coffee, and a bite of cake at the nearby mall.

All were going well till I saw two dresses that I really wanted to have. And it is on sale.

What is a girl to do?! You guessed right. I got them both. Luckily they still have it in my size, or for the lack of better term I managed to squeeze myself into the dresses! lols.

a Botong Francisco dress

a Botong Francisco dress

The other is a red number.

Vicente Manansala dress

Vicente Manansala dress

How apt right?  I have wearable souvenirs of my museum trip.

I enjoyed going to the museum, it was a refreshing change (against my usual tendencies to go malling).

 

Give it a try, who knows you might also find it enjoyable.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES

P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila. Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

*I paid 150php for entrance. All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience. This is not a sponsored post, paid for this (from) my own pocket(s).

 


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Visiting Solaire

A lot of people have been talking about the newly opened resort/casino, and with all the advertisements on TV, I have a severe last song syndrome and has been humming their song Brighter than the sun-by Colbie Caillat over and over.

I am curious and so is Kei. We decided to check it out if it lives up to its hype.

We arrived early and was impressed with the place. Everything screams opulence.

chandelier in the entrance

chandelier in the entrance

fit for royalty

fit for royalty

I am in awe with all the huge-ass chandeliers all over.

Twisted Chandeliers

Twisted Chandeliers

a full view of the twisted chandeliers

a full view of the twisted chandeliers

a very modern looking glass chandelier

a very modern looking glass chandelier

Sorry, I cant help it. I have a thing for chandeliers.

Then I saw these colorful looking plants near the gaming area.

Some of the plants found near the gaming area

Some of the plants found near the gaming area

Nestled on the far side of the gaming area is a food court. I think this is very considerate of them! Placing budget friendly food for everyone to enjoy.

solaire's food court

solaire’s food court

We strolled along and stopped by Dragon Bar.

dragon bar's crystal dragon

dragon bar’s crystal dragon

Feeling a bit hungry, we then proceeded to look at their restaurants.

Since we both share a love for pasta, we looked at Finestra, their Italian restaurant.

Finestra

Finestra

Finestra entrance

Finestra entrance

Finestra bar

Finestra bar

I just love their chandelier!

I just love their chandelier!

dining area

dining area

a cozy looking red couch

a cozy looking red couch

This looks like from the set of gossip girl! digging the pistachio green couch!

This looks like from the set of gossip girl! digging the pistachio green couch!

Finestra would be really nice for a romantic dinner date!

We then snapped a picture from the restaurant across, Red lantern. It serves Chinese cuisine.

Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie

But we were not really in the mood for Chinese cuisine that day so we moved along.

Next up was Strip. too bad it was closed.

Strip

Strip

They also have a Japanese Restaurant named Yakumi.

Since we normally eat Japanese dishes, we decided to skip this too.

yakumi

yakumi

Walked some more and then chose to eat at Fresh- their casual dining buffet. Since we are huge fans of buffets we thought we might as well try this one.

Fresh's signage

Fresh’s signage

fresh-casual dining buffet

fresh-casual dining buffet

very moden

very modern

Given the space, It can actually accommodate many people.  But, they are very strict about seating. We choose to seat “inside”, but was requested to take the seats close “outside” to the gaming area (read: stinks of cigarette smoke, and far from the buffet table). I was like really? can’t we just stay inside?

we wanted to sit in this area...

we wanted to sit in this area…

To sort of give you an idea…

Disregard the hydrangeas, look to the left, that is where we are seated. Look to the right, there it is, the gaming area.

Disregard the hydrangeas, look to the left, that is where we are seated/dotted carpets. Look to the right, there it is, the gaming area/red carpet.

Only a half a strip of glass away we would look like we were dining alfresco, because it is beside the hallway, where a lot of people are passing by.

Since there are only two of us, we could pretty much do nothing about it.  So much for the seating, off to eat.

what we got from the buffet... and yes, those hands you see there is me

what we got from the buffet… and yes, those hands you see there is mine

Fresh is actually reasonably priced, but I don’t see anything special, nothing unique. I was actually expecting the food to be delicious, but it was only so-so. I was very disappointed with their Chinese and Japanese stations. The soup that we had (hot and sour soup) tasted nothing like a hot and sour soup. I am Chinese, I know how that soup should taste like. The Japanese section is so limited and generic. I skipped it.

well at least the desserts are not that bad

well at least the desserts are not that bad

Thank God I have  good company.

with my photographer/travel buddy/best friend and partner Kei.

with my photographer/travel buddy/best friend and partner Kei.

Then we went to get  ourselves the Solaire card. It looks like this. (sorry for the photo, this was taken with my mobile phone)

solaire card

solaire card

Then went on to play.

ready to play?

ready to play?

We didn’t have any other photos of the gaming area/machines since picture taking on the gaming areas were prohibited. Had a fun time playing with the slots even if we really don’t know how to play.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with a Solaire. This is not a sponsored post, we paid for this (from) our own pocket(s).