Currently Reading: KonMari Method Book

October 19, 2016

This #1"New York Times" best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo, takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo
Buy: Paperback or Kindle Edition

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you ll never have to do it again.

Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house spark joy (and which don't), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire."

Hurricanes and Storms in the Philippines

October 15, 2016

The Philippines experiences only two of seasons, hot or sunny and the rainy seasons. When rainy seasons come, it's the time when we think about how sturdy the roof of the house is, the survival kit readiness and flooding readiness while on a daily commute to school or work.

We've weathered through many storms that at some areas, people just brush it off like any other storms or as an example, the Typhoon Sendong.

I bought the DVD copy of the "The Inconvenient Truth". The idea that we are slowly killing the Earth day by day and repairing it is going to cost us triple the amount is just too scary. Watch also like blockbuster films "The Day After Tomorrow", "Into the Storm" and the most recent, "San Andreas".

In the Philippines, we are taught to be ready. It shouldn't be the norm at all. We should all work together to make it all stop. Corporations should be charged triple the amount of tax for killing natural resources, for causing flooding, or for carbon emissions and more.

The Starbucks Bagel Breakfast

October 12, 2016

When I used to live and work in the big city, one of my favorite coffee shop is Starbucks. It's just at the ground floor of the office building. Before heading up to the office, I would grab a bagel which comes with a small packet of cream cheese and, of course, coffee.

S&R Blueberry Bagel and Emborg Cream Cheese in Classic flavor.

Eating breakfast at Starbucks can be costly and to even do it every day does break the bank. An affordable alternative and the best ones are always homemade.

I stopped by S&R Cagayan de Oro a few weeks back and picked up a pack of bagel and cream cheese. Bagel is a nice change to Pandesal.

What's your favorite breakfast combo?

Bullet Journal: Nano Slick Pens

October 7, 2016

Bullet journalling is a thing that has always confused me yet wanted to try for awhile. It's not as strict as a planner where there are days that I don't have anything so, there are more wasted paper or space on a planner.

My choice of journal is a Picadilly notebook.  Because of this, I am looking for colorful gels pens that don't bleed on my notebook page. After going to National Bookstore, I was interested in the Nano Slick Semi-Gel Ink Pen.

Bullet Journal

Nano Slick Semi-Gel Ink Pen
  • A superior hybrid of ballpoint and gel pen
  • Convenient side-action button
  • Professional Pigment ink
  • Extra smooth writing
  • Waterproof, non-fading, acid-free
  • Consistent write out and line density
You can buy this set in National Bookstore for Php 165 only. The pen nib is about 0.6mm wide. The assorted color choices in a set are the same, you cannot customize yet still so much fun. The ink doesn't bleed through the next page on my Picadilly notebook. Thank goodness!

What pens are you using for your bullet journal or planner? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Island Candles

October 3, 2016

We've seen many beauty and lifestyle Youtubers talking about favorite scents and candles. They always talk about brands that are not readily available in the Philippines.

Worry not. Jealous much no more. Here's a new brand, Happy Island Candles, that is equally cool and  comes in scents made for the Philippines weather. 

Happy Island Candles comes in soy candles, travel tin & candle melts.

Happy Island Candles

All Happy Island Soy Candles are hand poured and are wonderfully scented 
to help you relax and enjoy life and living! #lighthappiness

Full sized soy candles are sold for Php350 at 120ml  size and the 240ml is for Php450 only. The travel tin candles are sold for Php200. Nice way to travel and always have comfort scents in a foreign land. Candle melts are sold for Php250 a piece. Not very bad for a price range. Affordable!

I am impressed with their e-commerce website. It's something that older Philippines companies don't have. Shipping is free if your order totals above Php700. I'm curious how the "Summer Scent" and "Salted Caramel" soy candle smell like.

Let's support Pinoy brands and businesses. They are located at Retail Lab, 2nd Flr, Archeology, Powerplant Mall. Follow their social pages on Facebook and Instagram. Shop online here.

S&R CDO Haul: Fitness & Athletics

September 26, 2016

Keeping fitness in check at the comfort of your own home need not be expensive. It does not always have to include bulky fitness equipment.

Classic Jump Rope

The ideal workout gear for all ages! Made with non-tangling nylon material and strong wooden handles. Effective for building cardio endurance, speed training, core strength, as well as upper and lower body toning.

  • Suitable for beginners 
  • Comfortable, lightweight handles 
  • Non-tangling nylon material 
  • Standard 9 feet long 
  • Compact and portable 

Waist Trimmer

Shed excess water weight while training with the Fitness & Athletics adjustable waist trimmer that's made from latex-free soft neoprene material which cushions, compresses, and supports lower back and abdominal muscles while retaining therapeutic heat.

  • Relieves sore muscles and arthritis 
  • Tones and supports abdomen, stomach and back muscles 
  • Latex-free soft neoprene material 
  • Adjustable Velcro closure
Affordable brand Fitness & Athletics is available at S&R Cagayan de Oro City.

How To Start A Blog: From Other Bloggers

September 14, 2016

I have been blogging since Xanga, LiveJournal, Multiply and Friendster was popular. It was only in 2007, meeting new friends who are passionate bloggers, when I started blogging properly.

In this digital age, I think everybody should own their own DotCom. Build your own digital asset including your social media pages.

Not sure how to start your own blog or DotCom?

This first video shares tips when starting a blog.

My favorite blogger and now a Youtuber also shares How-To articles and videos 
on starting your own blog. Check out her entire Youtube channel. It's rich with helpful information from starting to maintaining your blog.

M&G Signme Pens

September 13, 2016

Calligraphy and lettering are so popular these days. I remember my older brother, back when he was in Highschool, making his lettering projects.

I don't want to try how to do lettering or calligraphy properly but I'd rather rely on own handwriting or penmanship. But, it does not hurt to be writing with such beautiful pens.

M&G Signme Aquarelle Brush 12 Colors Pens are available at SM Department Store at their School Supplies section for only Php 299.75 per pack.

The pens come in double ended tips, a brush and fine tip. The colors available are as seen in the photos.

Are you into calligraphy? What pens do you recommend? Are you into lettering, too? Can you recommend the best How-to guide book for beginners? Leave them in the comments below. 
Thank you.

Zoella Book Club Summer 2016

September 5, 2016

Reference: WHSmith UK

I know Zoe is in her mid-20s but her social media followers are mostly young adults. Naturally, in her book club, she chose books that are in the YA genre. Here are 3 of Zoella's book club choices that I am compelled to read.

By Jennifer Niven

A compelling and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die. 'If you're looking for the next The Fault in Our Stars, this is it' - Guardian A New York Times bestseller. Soon to be a major film starring Elle Fanning. Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the 'natural wonders' of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself - a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?

This book is soon to be a motion picture. Book to movies!

Buy & Read: We Were Liars
By E. Lockhart

We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.We are cracked and broken. A story of love and romance.A tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?

Buy & Read: Fangirl
By Rainbow Rowell

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one-half of a pair anymore - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life. Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly room mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words ...And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone. Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realizing that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible ...

Read my book review on the Fangirl, here.

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