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round two

After a long time of NOT reading books, I am back to reading again.

All thanks to my good friend Matti who sends me books from time to time. He knows that I will not buy my own books. -sorry but its kind of a long story. I have re-read this book.

made me smile

made me smile

And finished the whole book in a day.

This is a light read and has a unique way of telling a (young) love story. Its cute and sweet and doesn’t require much understanding – a good read for me because I read to relax.

Its a feel good read. Made me smile.

 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience. This is not a sponsored post, the book was a gift from my friend Matti.


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laundry day tricks

It’s a laundry day for me today. It is actually one of the house chores that I enjoy doing.  Tossing our dirty clothes into a machine and have clothes come out clean. Easy. I even go watch a movie (on my pc) or cook while doing laundry!

Usually, I do laundry 3 times a week. I don’t want the (used) clothes to pile up on the (laundry) basket. But keeping all garments, sheets and towels at home clean isn’t always easy. So, I am sharing some of my “tricks” to make laundry day easier for you.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

  1. Do laundry often. If you’ve been saving up your laundry all week to do in one go. It could get pretty boring, waiting for everything to be cleaned up and then having to hang everything to dry/loading everything in batches into the dryer…

My trick:  Dividing the laundry into smaller chunks throughout the week (for example, towels washed today, pillow cases and sheets the next day, but for every laundry day you have to clear out whatever clothes is in the laundry basket.

  1. One load for each person.Its sometimes confusing to sort laundry, or get everything right according to what each family member likes-this holds true for large families.

My trick:  Give each person their own laundry basket and only running one person’s clothes at a time. This gets everyone to choose their own detergent and fabric softener combination and eliminates the confusion of who owns what come laundry day.  Again the trick I mentioned earlier is good for large families.

  1. Use baskets.Clothes on the couch, table, floor, etc. are not only unsightly, it is also unhygienic. Just toss clothes into the appropriate bin for a clean and organized look.

My trick:  Take as many as you need. Be it sorted by white or color, or per person has their own… it is up to you.

  1. Turn clothes right side out before folding. This makes a big difference when fold a load of clothing, saves you time.

My trick:  This also makes getting dressed easier!

  1. Put socks/small items in mesh bags.If your socks doesn’t match or you have trouble fin ding the other pair of your sock from the laundry, go buy a few zippered mesh bags! – Each person puts his or her socks/small items into their own mesh bag, zips it up and tosses it in the laundry. When the bags come out, the socks/small items are all together and ready to be returned to their rightful owner. Plus no more missing/mismatched socks!

My trick:  Those mesh bags can also be used to wash small toys. Example: place all the lego in the mesh bag zip it and dump it in and viola, clean toys!

  1. Keep the washing machine fresh by leaving the door open after each load.Some washing machines have a tight seal, this tend to trap moisture after running a load of laundry. This can in turn give the machine a stinky smell or have mildew. Prevent this by leaving the machine door open after each load just to let out all that moisture.

My trick: You can also wipe it with a dry cloth to speed up the drying of your tub.

  1. Helpful household items are always good to have. Like transferring powder detergent/fabric softener into nice plastic jars, so you can see how much product is left. Make things look neat by placing your necessary laundry supplies inside a basket or give them a tray. This keeps your things together in one place and makes it easy to move/grab everything to use or clean. Also, buy some specialized household stuff like a huge clothes hanger with clips to hang dry the small clothes, socks..etc. A large hanger for bath towels and bed sheets, and some large clothespins for clipping towels or sheets. It will make your chore easier. And for the ladies there are also hangers that are specifically made for brasserie! Use them to avoid the bra foam from becoming deformed.

My trick: It is always better to have excess hangers than less hangers, more so in rainy season.

 


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sigh, Philippines only

Sometimes, I have only one explanation for the sad incidents in life… I live in the Philippines.

Like collecting toys. -because this is our current thing. *We are back at Greenhills yesterday. Going on a toy hunt.* And because its the GOT season finale, I will be all GOT themed today. But not to worry, I wont spoil anything. I will be using the #battleofthebastards episode to illustrate.  

please explain why?

please explain why?

I wanted to get more Game of Thrones Funko Pops, but it looks like we are not meant to be. *sobs* 

Couldn’t bring myself to buy it because of the price. I believe its unreasonable.

See the huge Difference? Sure, I get the Samuel Tarly price: $9.99 I round it off to $10 then convert it to peso lets say x55 (a dollar is around close to 50php I just added a bit extra) plus some 40php for taxes and upkeep and profit for the shop. I see that the 595php price is reasonable.

But the Brienne price: Oh wow. they sure jacked up that one.

I even looked it up on www.poppriceguide.com and it currently stands at 12usd (as of 06-27-16) so if that is the case 12usd to php is 564.59. But lets just use the x55 conversion ok? so 12×55 = 660 then add some 40php (for taxes and upkeep and profit for the shop, like what we did with Samuel-that would have to be at 700php. But they sell if for 750php.  If only I can directly buy from the US. *sigh*

Just not our day for toy hunting.

Sad but that’s it. So, after looking around for toys we need to go home. 

That got me thinking about commuting – in other countries commuting is relatively easy compared to the Philippines. Here we have #gameoftrains.

All photos are not mine, just got them from the internet.

Queuing for a train ticket can take you anywhere from 15 mins to 1-2 hours. Then you still have to wait at the platform. 

this is a daily occurrence -having stored value/beep card = express lane.

this is a daily occurrence -having stored value/beep card = express lane.

You get to ride the train with a lot of other passengers and squeeze yourself in.

when the door of the train is closing

the situation when the door of the train is closing and the train is so full you have to squeeze yourself in amidst all the pushing/shoving people

You get mashed up into a human pile that it maybe possible that one day you get to swap faces with other commuters. #truth

human sardine

human sardine

It really does feel like that. But we also have a separate train for female passengers. So travel on your own and see you at the station ok? *the female train is no better than the other trains. Its still crowded as hell inside, only bonus for a female is that you are all females so no groping issues. 

Translation: Brother, I will go ride on the train for females. Let's just meet up at the station. Punyeta (offensive) = go to hell

Translation: Brother, I will go ride on the train for females. Let’s just meet up at the station. Punyeta (offensive) = go to hell

This is a accurate depiction of commuting in the philippines. #thestruggleisreal

starting the journey fresh and alighting the train looking like hell

starting the journey fresh and alighting the train looking like hell

And of course. Keep your eyes peeled for the hold-up-pers. There sure are a lot of them here in the Philippines. And the police/government cant do anything to stop these crimes happening daily.

beware of those wielding sharp pointed objects.

beware of those wielding sharp pointed objects and concealing their faces = its a trap! 

Its every one for themselves.

you have to be brave to venture outside

you have to be brave to venture outside

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

There is also the jeep, bus and riding the FX or shuttle, but even that does not exempt you from the perils above. You will not have to fall in line and wait at the platform.-hooray! But you will be crammed along with a lot of passengers that you are half sitting-half squatting, sweaty and cramped for space. Subjected to traffic and the occasional thieves and  holdup-ers. Again the police/government cant do anything to stop these crimes happening daily.

Add the meager salary for all the professionals, poor healthcare, poor education, all the corruption issues… etc. Its a perfect setting for a mission impossible living conditions. 

burn all the injustice

burn all the injustice

I could go on and on about how sad it is to live in the Philippines but, its the hand I was dealt with. *Sigh* No wonder a lot of Filipinos choose to migrate to other countries.

Its more fun in the Philippines.  

 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience.

 


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candy and peonies

In this sadness inducing damp weather, I thought I could use a new scent. So, I spritzed on Prada Candy Florale a while ago.

Prada Candy Florale

Prada Candy Florale

Smells a lot like Peonies, a peony bouquet to be exact. Since I love peonies, it placed a smile on my face.

peony bouquet -photo from google

peony bouquet -photo from google

Prada Candy Florale = Peonies.  It is a safe scent (can be used everyday/day or night type of scent) that smells clean, sweet and very much feminine without being overpowering or cloying. It starts as a fresh floral, then a consistent Peony. After a while it starts so have a bit of a lemon/citrusy scent. Making this a good transition scent to the colder weather.

It lasted for about 3 hours before I have to spray again. 

Do you have a transition scent? Share yours!

 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience. This is not a sponsored post, the perfume was a gift from my friend Janine.

 


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our toys multiplied by themselves

I will be honest. I used to look at Kei’s toys with disdain, I believe (till now) that he has too many toys. His former bedroom looks a lot like Densha Otoko’s bedroom. No joke.

a lot like this

this is Densha Otoko’s bedroom -photo from google

Lots and lots of toys, robots, anime posters, a pc that is always open, plushies, a board of keychains…basically, total geek territory. I kind of freaked out the first time I saw his room.

Over time, I got to know some of his favorite toys. I even gave Kei a Donatello from Ninja Turtles that was his childhood frustration. I’d safely say that while I was not a fan of his toys, I respect that those were things he likes. He even gave me a few toys that he thought I would like. Like the Gloomy Pink Bunny plushie and a Castellappy from Poteusa Loppy. They are both brought from an Anime Convention and their origins are Japanese. I love both plushies.

Me and my (Castellappy) poteusa loppy plushie

Me and my huge (Castellappy) poteusa loppy plushie 

Kei attended a anime con (before we got married) and gave me a Daenerys Targaryen funko pop keychain, and got himself a Jon Snow one. They were cute and we are huge fans of Game of Thrones. I appreciated the keychain. More so, because of Kei’s reason for buying a keychain and not a full sized funko pop, he said he wanted to get toys but he thought that it’s better to appropriate most of his funds for our upcoming wedding (back then). I thought of it as our his and hers keychain.

we have these!

we have these! -Now, if only I can find a Full sized wedding dress Daenerys.  

Fast forward to present, we do not have toys at home. Our house looks pretty basic.

But that is about to change. A few Sundays ago, we went out for a stroll in Greenhills and I chanced upon a Funko Pop figure that I wanted to get for Kei. *I have plans for the funko pop as Kei’s cake topper… shhh dont tell Kei.* It’s a Game of Thrones – Jon Snow. We are both fans of Game of Thrones and that is Kei’s favorite character in GOT. So, I thought I will buy it right before we get home so we would not have to carry it the whole day. WRONG! Newbie mistake.

The time I went to buy the toy, it was already brought by someone else! I was surprised and I went to look for it on other stores. Apparently, It is pretty rare as it was released quite a while already-its usually sold out on the stores we asked from and they did not know if they are going to get more. Its kind of understandable that the price of this certain pop has gone up than the common Funkos. Arrrrgggghh! I know I had to find it and buy it.

So while going around looking for Jon Snow, I chanced upon a pre-order of Daenerys Targaryen and Drogon. I quickly signed up for it. Daenerys is my favorite character from GOT. Since I can’t find the wedding dress Daenerys that was another rare toy, I thought I go grab a pre-order one instead. Plus it has a badass dragon! This pop is pricier and understandably so, since it is bigger and a two in one kind of pop.  So I ordered one. –Flying in by mid July.

Looking pretty badass! Daenerys Targaryen and Drogon

Looking pretty badass! Daenerys Targaryen and Drogon * while I cant find the Daenerys in white dress funko, this is a good alternative. * 

So we patiently asked around all the toy stores in the vicinity till we finally found and bought the Jon Snow pop. It was the last piece left on the store we brought it from. 

This is the Jon Snow I like... the one with the cape and sword. Lord Commander.

This is the Jon Snow I like… the one with the cape and sword. Lord Commander Jon Snow. I dislike the newer castle black version and the exclusive one with blood on the face, even if those are more expensive.

I like my Jon Snow with a cape. Looks more majestic IMHO.

We actually got it for a cheaper price that the first Jon Snow I found. To clarify, it was the same Jon Snow. Hooray!!!

Once I got home I googled other Game of Thrones toys and holy smokes! I am in love with a toy chair. The Iron Throne Funko Pop, only problem was, it was a New York Comic Con exclusive and I am from the other side of the world. Max fail. 

*please play Adelle’s hello from the other side song here*

I quickly asked Kei and He managed to find a seller. Right that day we called the seller and asked him to put the Iron Throne on hold, we are getting it by the weekend. We tried to haggle but its price is fixed. This one is even more expensive than the Daenerys and Drogon Pop. But still I wanted the Iron Throne so we can sit Jon Snow in it. Shallow reason but we really dig it. So we went to meet the seller – they are a couple too!, who then became our friends (We chatted for quite a while! I was actually blown away by how nice geeks are to other geeks and how we could talk like we have known them for a long time now. And I mean than in the most respectful kind of way. Seriously, Geeks rule!) and that was the story on how we got to take home the  iron throne.

they are all fighting for this seat

All mine. The seat they are all fighting for! Hahahaha!

Finally I have them both! I excitedly posted a snap on fb. Then went on to join the Funko Funatic Philippines, I sure am a fledgling geek.

my first two funko pops.

my first two funko pops.

And so I proceed with my plan to seat Jon Snow in the iron throne…

looking chill Lord Commander.

looking chill Lord Commander.

In my excitement, I opened up the toys and proceeded to play with the toys and posted a snap on fb. A few minutes later, I got a message from my cousin Jackie from USA. Apparently she collects Funkos too!

And she has a stash with a lot of exclusives that most collectors would envy. 

More than Funkos, she also collected Dorbs and Tsum tsums as well as Legos. It was diverse and all cute as hell!

She asked me that if we are looking for a certain pop that is hard to find in the Philippines, she can help us look for it from the states. I was so excited! She can order from all those web sites that I only hear about when I watch Youtube reviews. *play the hello from the other side song again*

I really don’t have anything GOT related in mind as the one I really wanted (GOT Daenerys Targaryen wedding dress) is already vaulted- it is also very much overpriced.  I wouldnt want to bother my cousin too much. So, I opted to ask for a Loki. *Kei has a bobblehead Thor that was given to him a long time ago, I thought we could get Loki so Thor wouldn’t feel so alone.*

what I asked for: Loki so that our Thor would have a companion

what I asked for: Loki so that our Thor would have a companion

Then my cousin showed me a exclusive Iron man unmasked bobble head and I went WOW. I have a soft spot for Iron man. After a few more messages sent back and forth, She is ordering another Iron man (like the one she has) for me. I was jumping up and down like mad.

I envied my cousin because she had this Ironman pop. She is getting me one too! Squee!

I envied my cousin because she had this Ironman pop. Now, she is getting me one too! Squee!

Didn’t know that I would have this kind of strong feelings toward toy/s. Kei was pleasantly surprised. So begins my own collection of toys. Planning on GOT and Avengers that Kei and I are quite fond of.

I sort of get it (toy collecting) now.

You get a toy, and you get more toys so your (original) toy wont be sad. My toys are now happy and only my wallet is sad. 

 


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cheap update

There are times that I pride myself in being frugal and then there are times that I just buy without much thought because the item is on SALE. There are those I get that is a really good buy and there are those that I ask myself what was I thinking?!

I usually love sale clothing. This is the latest sale item I got.

I blame my sister for dragging me inside the shop

clementine top I got from the plains and prints purple sale

I hate you Plains and Prints (but in a good way) you always seem to have one item I like in your store. Why? Yellow is not really a favorite of mine, but I got it because it looks happy and blindingly bright, its on sale.

Anything below 500php that is on sale, will always draw me in. Even better if its below 300php.

With that thought, I also love checking out H&M’s sale items for the home. Again, I don’t buy full price.

The latest I got from them was a grey glass vase that I still don’t know why I got it and where to place it. I just kept it in the cabinet. 

the vase looks a lot like what I got, it set me back 200php. I did not get the mercury glass candle holder.

the vase looks a lot like what I got, it set me back 200php. Though pretty, I did not get the mercury glass candle holder.

While in their store I always check out their throw pillow covers. But I still haven’t bought any. I also had my eye on their mercury glass candle holders. But I know I can find something that looks alike for cheaper that their sale price. I’m a cheapskate. I know.

Table wares are also one of my favorite stuff. I recently paid a visit to Crate and Barrel and snapped up these sale items.  To pair with what I currently have.

I already had two botanica plates one in green and one in blue that we use daily. (we also got it on 50% off sale) Its about 109php each I think.

the more the many-er!

the more the many-er!

Since it is still on sale, I got two more botanica plates this time in red. To add to my red Corelle set that we are keeping for the holidays. Our Corelle set is a set of four and we have a 6 seater dining so we had to make two mismatched sets to go with it. Turns out the botanica plates are much darker than my Corelle, but its ok. It can work.

When we started decorating our home one of the first décor we had was a white ceramic ears up rabbit that we also got on sale from Crate and Barrel.

a pair at last

a pair at last

This time, we saw its ears down rabbit partner! On sale! So we got it too!

After all everything is better with a discount, am I right?!

 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post. 


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home improvement project: greening up the view

Since I last posted about plants, I thought I’d show you parts of our home that has plants.

Now that Kei and I have our own home, I often look at the window and see grey walls and roofs that are kind of drab/sad. This is how our patio looks like when we moved in. I thought we could do a home improvement project.

our patio before the plants took over

our patio before the plants took over

I wanted to liven up the place a bit and make it look more “home-y”. So, I decided to create my mini patio garden with potted plants and hanging planters. To get some color as well as to act as a privacy screen and some sort of shade. Better to have a bit than none right?

They kind of liven up the view don’t you think?

say hello to our patio plants!

say hello to our patio plants! The airplant looks so chill in its hanging basket!- we also added a plastic bench so we can sit outside and keep an eye on our neighbor’s pooping pigeons (they seem to understand now that they cannot poop inside our patio)

Our laundry area also got the same greening treatment. This is how it looks like before.

our laundry area before -just the machine and a soap basket

our laundry area before -just the machine and a soap basket

And how it looks like now. We placed small native wooden blinds and a row of marigolds.

not bad right?!

not bad right?!

While it is not exactly a makeover of sorts, it did feel more “happy” to look at. We plan on acquiring more house plants to keep.

Any suggestions?