Archives for April 2014

Definitely Japan. Definitely Kojie.san

When it comes to beauty products, I am L-A-Z-Y at applying them.   Give me soap, shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste and I am good to go. My parents instilled in me the concept of natural beauty which I did not mind following because it is low-maintenance and it saves me money.  Haha!

Looking back, I know it was my parents’ way of boosting my confidence that I would get the attention I wanted through my character and attitude.  Everything else is secondary. It did inflate my self-esteem. I knew there were ways to be pretty without having to exert too much effort. I think in my case, I knew I needed a lot of effort so I did what I knew best: S-M-I-L-E!

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This trick worked for awhile until I reached my 30’s and I realized that I needed a boost using nature and chemistry backed by parents’ love and good genes. Still, I wanted a stress-free regimen. It must be soap which I can use when I shower. My goal was to have an even skin tone. I just found out that my active (read:clumsy) self had earned me battle scars in my body that had caused skin darkening. I knew the weapon I wanted to try.

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So, why choose Kojie.san?

Kojie.san is the first kojic acid soap to be commercially available in the Philippine market.

I need to stick with the original. I know I deserve a good product. As human beings, we should never settle for anything less than the best.

Kojie.san has a micro peeling effect, which makes it a potent whitening product.

I really love my brown skin. However, I wanted even brown skin.  I do not like patches of dark spots. Who does?  Given that it is summer, I like my brown skin right now- not a shade darker and not a shade whiter. I do not know if my logic works. If I use a soap with with whitening ingredient, I cancel out the sun’s effort to darken my skin. Ha!

It does not contain any harmful chemicals.

This is something we should look for in products. If a product contains ingredients we cannot pronounce, we should try to avoid them.

It contains antioxidants and 100% all natural ingredients.

Oh, at this age, I need all the power of an anti-aging product. And look! It fits into my idea of natural beauty- natural ingredients!

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Wait, did I just call myself beautiful? Well, if nobody else will, I will! LOL. They say that confidence is the ability to feel beautiful without having to rely on somebody else telling you so.  😀

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To learn more about Kojie.san, visit the following:
Website: http://www.kojiesan.com
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/KojiesanPH
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KojiesanClassic
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kojiesanph

This is an entry to a Nuffnang contest.

Food Experiment: What to do with juicer pulp

I have friends who are into juicing. I wanted to do the same. I seldom eat vegetables. They say that if you can’t eat them, drink them.

In this experiment, I used three carrots, two cucumber and 1 apple.

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It yielded this amount of juice and 2 cups of pulp.
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I also tried juicing last December and I was left with pulp that I made into carrot cupcake. Since I broke my oven, I can no longer use the pulp for cupcake.  I decided to make fish balls!  I grated two strips of broiled cream dory and mixed them into the pulp. I added one egg, around 3 tablespoons of flour, salt and pepper.   I used my clean bare hands to combine everything well and started to roll them into balls.

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These were deep fried and skewered on a stick.
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Eating fishball is not complete without the sauce. It is not just any sauce. It must be manong’s fish ball sauce. I found the recipe here. Dig in!

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The verdict:
1. My aunts love the fishball but it is a little soft. They said I need to add more flour or something to keep it firm. Bread, perhaps? Fish, perhaps? There are more carrots than fish in the recipe.
2. The sauce is a little watery. I wanted the stickier one. Maybe I should add more cornstarch or cook it longer. I think I have been simmering it for more than an hour already.

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I wonder what the fishball would taste like when I start juicing ampalaya. Hehe!

Tractor shipping and the moving of similar machinery to destinations around the world

You can now easily have all of your construction equipment and machinery like tractors and bulldozers shipped overseas, allowing you to easily take on work and projects abroad. This is a simple process when you use the right shipping company which will be able to do all of the difficult work for you at affordable rates.

 

In this day and age the world has really opened up and become accessible to everyone, meaning that lots of people are now able to take on work and projects in countries overseas. This is true of construction companies as well – they may find that there is more work in certain areas of the world and taking on that work would be a good opportunity to make some money. Lots of these companies and other similar ones will want to use all of their own equipment and machinery, though – it would otherwise be very expensive for them to use new equipment, like tractors and excavators, whilst abroad. The best solution to this problem is to have the machinery shipped overseas – this is now something that can easily be achieved.

 It may seem like a huge task that would be expensive at first due to the size of these vehicles and equipment, but with the right company it can be affordable and also stress-free. Some of these shipping companies have expertise in delivering plant machinery and more to destinations all around the world – when you contact them they will soon alleviate any stress or concern that you might be feeling with regard to your shipment.  They will even do all of the difficult work for you as well, and can even come to you to collect the items for shipment if you wish.

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Before all of this can happen, though, you will need to provide the shipping company with the exact weight and dimensions of everything that you want to load onto the vessel. This is so that they can calculate the space needed for storage and come up with a quote for you, as you will only be paying for the amount of space your equipment takes up on board. Generally with tractor shipping and any other similar equipment they will use a “roll on roll off” method because these items are too large to be loaded into their own containers. This method is simple, cost-effective, secure and fast, so it won’t be too long until it has been successfully delivered and is ready to be picked up in the new country.

 With these shipping companies taking care of all the hard work for you and making it a simple process you can clearly see why so many businesses are now opting for this service. Shipments can be made to almost anywhere around the world, so no matter where you are thinking of doing some work and shipping this equipment and machinery they will be able to help you to do so. You can start the process today by getting the exact dimensions and weight of everything that you want to be shipped overseas before contact one of these companies to discuss what your options are and to obtain a quote. You’ll be glad you did!

How to take care of your feet and nails

Thanks to our feet we are able to move and to walk and to explore the world without any problems. As a result our feet need constant care in order to be beautiful and healthy. We should avoid any problems because we must remember that our feet demand the same attention as the other parts of our body.

We shall tell you about five main ways to take care of your feet

  1. It is necessary to make your feet sleek.

Get used to the fact that you should use pumice-stone regularly. Especially in summer when you wear sandals and your feet are noticeable.

So, you will need to soak your feet for about fifteen minutes and remove the dead cells with the help of pumice-stone. It will help you to look well maintained every day.

Various scrubs and peelings on the basis of sugar or fruit pits can be also very effective, because just as the pumice-stone they help to remove dead cells from your feet. But after exfoliating you should not forget to apply a thick layer of moisturizing cream.

If you have a problem of calluses then you should use creams with salicylic acid in order to soften them and remove.

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    2. Don`t forget about moisturizing.

Each of us at least once in a lifetime faced the problem of dry heels. In case if this problem is too serious, you should consult your doctor and he will prescribe some effective ointments. But in case if this problem just appeared, you can find any moisturizing cream for feet by yourself because nowadays there is a plenty of them, or you can make one by your own hands following WikiTalks recipe http://wikitalks.com/2013/09/soothing-balsam-feet/ But after removing of calluses don`t forget about moisturizing.

Creams which contain Vaseline can be really effective it attracts moisture to the skin and this process will help you to forget about dry heels very soon.

     3.  Be careful with fungus.

Fungus is a widespread disease. Many people suffer from it but it is not correct to ignore it. You can find different gels, creams, ointments and sprays which will help you to get rid of this problem. But they help only in case if fungus is located on feet. Nail fungus is much more difficult to treat. All these products are effective in the same way so you can choose the one you prefer.

Foot sweating is one more problem that may occur. To get rid of it you should use special powders and talcs.

All the medications should be applied on the dry feet.

Good hygiene is the main condition of healthy feet. Don`t forget to wash your feet (especially between the toes)and wear clean socks every day. Fungus appears in damp conditions so be sure that your feet are always dry.

    4.  Remember about sunscreen creams.

You will be surprised but application of sunscreens on your feet is necessary when you wear sandals. It will help to protect your feet from heat damage.

    5. Pedicure.

Pedicure is necessary to maintain good condition of your nails but the effect depends on the technique of the professional. Incorrect cut of cuticle may lead to ingrown of the nail or even inflammation because of infection.

With age our nails become more delicate and dry. All the nail polishes and polish removers can make your nails damaged and dry. In order to moisturize your nail, apply and rub Vaseline or an ointment with vitamin E into the nail and the cuticle.

31 Reasons to be Thankful for in March 2014

March was a pretty exciting and challenging month for me.  The month started with a vacation but all the fun must come to an end.  The rest of the month was devoted to work. The moment arrived home, it was all work for me.  I had deadlines to meet. I thank God for the strength to face the challenges. By the end of the month, all the hard work paid off. I was glad to welcome April with an less hectic schedule.

Here are the 31 reasons why March is still a month  of gratitude for me:

1. Safe travel. We arrived Baguio safely.

2. Art. The highlight of the day is a visit to the BenCab museum. We appreciate his art and we love what he did to the place.

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3. Geography lesson. We traveled from Baguio to Olongapo hoping to spend some time in Subic for the safari and some nature walks. We did not know that Baguio to Olongapo is an 8-hour trip. I thought it was only 4 hours.  This is the result of not doing thorough research on this trip. I cannot extend the stay in Olongapo because we already made reservations in Manila.  Next time, Subic, next time.  I had a little geography lesson along the way.  These are the provinces we passed through during the trip: Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales.

This is the only photo I have of Olongapo.

This is the only photo I have of Olongapo.

4. Good driver.  We rode taxi from Cubao to Pedro Gil.  Whenever I am in Manila,  I use the MRT/LRT no matter how crowded it is.  I feel safer that way. I cannot do that while towing my aunt’s luggage so we hailed the cab. Good thing that the taxi driver knows the way. In that trip, we had taxi drivers who did not use meter and asked for an additional amount. They both cited traffic for the fee which we did not experience.  I do not always argue with the driver. ( Oh, this reminds me. I will report the incidents to LTFRB.)

5.  Reflection.  After a nice trip to Corregidor, we went to MOA to find a church.  I thought that the church was inside the mall like the one in Megamall.  It was Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lent.  We were early for the mass so I had time to reflect on my life. I remember being thankful for the opportunity to travel.

View of Manila on a boat to Corregidor

View of Manila from a boat to Corregidor.

6. Finding a dress. I would be attending a wedding two days after and the bride wanted us guests to wear a dress in a bright color. I did not want to spend a lot on something I will not wear often so my Aunt and I went bargain hunting.  We went to Greenhills and I did not find anything I like within my budget. I ended up in Landmark. It looked like a glorified daster. haha  A friend told me it is called a ‘shift dress’.

Wore it gain just to take a photo for a friend. Buntis look! I will never be a fashion blogger. haha!

Wore it again (from the laundry!) just to take a photo for a friend. Buntis look!  No, I am not pregnant. It is always comfort over fashion for me.  

7. Safe solo trip. Since I would be attending a wedding, my aunt went home alone. The thing is: My aunt is afraid to travel alone. What I did was to accompany her to the airport up to the point where I am no longer allowed to enter. I promised not to leave the airport until I get a word that she landed safely in Butuan.  Yes, I was at the airport from 5AM to 10:30 AM!   (And I went back 3PM because my friends also arrived from Butuan for the wedding.)

8. My friend’s wedding!  A lot happened during this day. The wedding was at 5PM so we have time during the day. I brought my friends to one of my favorite places in Manila:  UP Diliman.  We took photos with the Oblation, ate ice cream,  took a stroll along its acacia-line academic oval, ate at the Beach House and visited the chapel. We cut our visit short because it was time for the wedding. My cousin was also waiting for us at the hotel. The bride asked him to be the photographer and I was the ‘assistant’.  Oh, we all had fun at the wedding and after the wedding!

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9.  Being home safe.  I was already away for more than a week. It was time for me to go home. My friends’ were scheduled to fly home the next day. Oh, I got a lovely gift from my cousin. What a thoughtful person! And he has good taste, too.

Look at my awesome lamp. It looks like paint is poured out of a bucket. Cool!

Look at my awesome lamp. It looks like paint is poured out of a bucket. Cool!

10.  Strength. I woke up late because I slept late. I had a deadline the night before. Whew! While I was in Manila, I was informed that the client  needed  a report in a prescribed format.  I thought the one I did was already the required format. I had to negotiate this deadline so that I can still  enjoy my vacation. Thank you, God, I was able to get it done.

11. Travel wishlist. I was chatting with a friend and we agreed to travel together to a destination we both want to visit. We got excited because we thought it would be expensive to go there. We found out that some airlines offer promo fares to reach that destination. We now have a target month to travel to the place  and I will be on the lookout for promo fares.

12. Time for laundry. After looking through my schedule, I had to get this done or else I will be wearing my business clothes at home. Ha!

13. Normalcy. The vacation-mode switch was turned off. I had to get back to the daily grind.

14. A glimpse of the past. We were invited to a school event at our alma mater. It has been 25 years since we graduated from grade school and we will be celebrating that milestone this coming May.

15. Conversations. I make time with friends even if they are far away.I have not had a long chat with some friends for a long time.  Because of our busy schedules, I just leave messages on Facebook, they reply when she can and I reply when I can.

16. Sense of humor. A little sense of humor kept me sane. I got a little ribbing on Facebook from some friends. I just let it slide. I am usually pikon but I let it slide this time.  I know the issue will die its natural death.  It did!

17. Laughter. We had a meeting for the May grade school alumni homecoming. I did jot down what we talked about but if you ask me now, all I remember was the laughter at the meeting.

18. Faith. I knew I had quite an overwhelming task on my plate. I called on the heavens to guide me. The fact that somebody thought I could do it by assigning it to me was enough motivation to do my best and not let them down.

19. My friend’s birthday.  I am glad that even with my busy schedule there were pockets of time where I can relax and have fun with friends.

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20. New travel buddy. I have finally convinced my friend to travel with us on our next trip! My annoying persistence paid off. She booked the trip!

21. Meeting and willpower.  I used to hate meetings in my previous job but this kind of meeting was what I needed to get some directions on how to do the task that was assigned.   It was also during this day that I put an end to some bad habits- those types that I kept doing yet I get remorseful for doing  them.

22. Work. Work was a welcomed distraction from some of the silly thoughts I sometimes entertain.

23. Getting things done. I finally finished writing. The first draft was done.

24.  Good news. I picked up some good news about a friend on Facebook. She was keeping mum about it for awhile but I got some clues from her sister’s comment so I sent her a message to clarify. She confirmed my suspicion: my friend is pregnant with her first child.  I am happy for her! There is hope in the world!  (Ha! I am overly dramatic!)

25.  Ideas. The enormous task slowly took shape and was slowly gaining confidence that it would get done. The first draft underwent several editing. Thanks to the ideas shared by the group.

26.  People. Thank you for people who care.  It was also an uncle’s 80th birthday and he does not look a day older than 60.

27.  The end of the tunnel. The project  I was working on was almost done. One more day and I get my needed rest.

28. Relief. We finally submitted the completed project. Whew. What a ride!

29. Lunch with family. My cousin bought a new house and he was still fixing it up. He invited us for lunch.

30.  New Facebook friend.  A friend got a new smartphone.  I had to teach her how to use Facebook.

31.  Meaningful work. I got a feedback that the recipients of the project output were grateful for what we have done. After all the work we did, I was grateful somebody trusted me to be part of the project.

Thank you, March!