The Day I Turned 40

As I write this, it has been 13 days since I turned 40 and I still do not feel like I am 40. I do not think I have my parents’ wisdom when they were at this age. My parents had everything in control at 40. I feel like I am still wading though life and trying to figure out what I want to do more in life. Adulting is hard.

Even with all the uncertainties I face, there is one thing I am sure I am going to do with my life. I am going to enjoy every minute of it. I am thankful for everything I have. When I think about it, I may look like the loneliest girl in the world: single, orphan, no siblings, no child, no better half. However, God had already blessed me with wonderful parents that all the love they gave me were more than enough to help me survive life without them. I have aunts who stood as my second parents, cousins that treat me like a big sister and friends who support me with all the love and care . It does not matter if they are near or miles away. I never feel alone. Thank you, God! I could not ask for anything more.

With all these blessings, I could not let my birthday pass without a little celebration. We had a simple dinner at home. I invited my friends and relatives over and I am glad they came.

My journal is now filled with happy memories.

The celebration was a family effort. My aunts prepared the house. This meant a lot of cleaning and rearranging.

I also baked my own cake.

My cousin, Baby, helped me bake cupcakes.

Lani came to cook shrimps, sweet and sour fish and dinuguan. My cousin, Alan, arrived early to help with the preparations. My cousin, Arvin, ran errands for me. These people made my life easier so as a reward, I will not subject them to such work every year. No birthday dinner like this next year. Hehe!

My friends made this day special, too. Aside from their presence, I got wonderful gifts to treasure. I got another poem from Wela. She already wrote a poem for me 2 years ago and, now, I got another one. Here is what she wrote:

Happy 40th birthday Kat,
For this you deserve a pat,
For being a true friend to hold,
And for letting God make you into His mold.

We your friends are so much thankful,
For giving us someone who is soulful,
Not someone whom we cannot count on,
But one who is always there to rely on.

One who is artistic and also creative,
Intelligent and at the same time innovative,
What more can we ask for and search?
You’re always there and easy to reach 

So on this special day that you were born,
A prayer is sent your way not to make you cry ‘popcorn’, 
But to let you know how much you’re appreciated,
For all the things you’ve done and orchestrated.

May you live a harmonious life,
Praying that one day you’ll become a wife,
To a man who is well-deserving,
Of your gifts and unconditional loving.

For the mean time here’s hoping for good health,
May you be blessed with more friends and wealth,
Overcome every trial that comes your way,
Be grateful for all the things that you receive each day.

We lve you! 

Isn’t that beautiful?

Wela and I.

My friends also planned a little video presentation. The funny thing is that I knew all along that they were going to do this. One friend told me about it beforehand because he thought it was funny that they had a problem who will edit the video since I am always the designated editor for videos. It was funny to see how my friend, Ernelyn, wiggled her way into borrowing my laptop so she could play the video that was sent to her messenger. She said she needed to finish something for work. Ha! Although it was a lame excuse, it was an endearing gesture.

Erns trying to run the video.

Here is the video made by my cousin, Bong. Yes, they got Kuya Bong to create a video for them. The awesome thing is that he was able to get in touch with my high school friends. I was only expecting video messages from our common friends. Like the poem, I will also treasure this video.

And the celebration did not end there. My friends who missed my birthday came two days after to celebrate with me.

A week after, I got this package from Grace.

I feel loved.

I am looking forward to my 40’s. Life begins again and it looks great from where I am now. I am beaming with gratitude and happiness. For those who feared turning 40 soon, it ain’t bad!

Reasons Why You Should Wear Sunscreen Every Day

At some point or another, everyone has heard about the damage the sun can do to your skin if it isn’t protected. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States where one in five people get diagnosed annually. If this isn’t reason enough to slap on some sunscreen before going outside, there are many more reasons why wearing it each day is important. There are many types of sunscreens to choose from such as lotions, sprays and roll-on applicators. If you are the type to care about the environment, there are also reef-friendly sunscreen options to order now on sites like www.coralisles.com. Below are some extra reasons beyond the obvious why everyone needs to wear sunscreen.

Cancer Risks

Like stated earlier, sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect yourself outside against getting skin cancer. The protection is needed for more than just sunny days spent outside by the pool or at the beach. People can develop skin cancer being outside when it is rainy or cloudy out as well.

Youthful Appearance

A lot of sun exposure over the years can really damage your skin and hurt an otherwise youthful appearance. Ultraviolet exposure from the sun’s rays is the top cause of premature aging to the face. If you wear sunscreen each day, you will slow down the process of developing wrinkles and leathery skin.

UVB Protection

Unfortunately, it is a fact that our ozone layer is starting to deplete rather quickly. An unfortunate downside to this is that we are no longer as protected from the harmful UVB rays from the sun’s light. The ozone is what is supposed to absorb these rays before they reach the surface of the earth. As the ozone continues to deplete, the importance of wearing sunscreen to protect us from these rays continues to grow.

Even Skin Tone

In addition to skin exposure causing premature aging, wrinkles and leathery skin, it can also cause uneven skin tone. Wearing a good sunscreen on a regular basis can help keep the formation of brown spots and skin discolorations from forming on your face and other areas of your body exposed to the sun often.

Sunburn Protection

One of the main reasons why many people wear sunscreen is to keep them from getting a sunburn. A sunburn can be really painful and cause an unpleasant redness to the skin. It is also very annoying once the burn begins to peel and itch. Two other sun related health issues that can arise from too much exposure to the sun is heat exhaustion and heatstroke. When you combine wearing sunscreen along with other precautions such as drinking plenty of water you will be able to avoid these issues. Failure to avoid them can lead to things like muscle cramps, nausea and even brain damage in some cases.

It is never too late to start taking safety precautions with regards to sun exposure. It can save you from many damaging effects including melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen and taking other safety steps outside is a good way to set an example for kids as well. Making your health and safety a priority will show them the importance of it as well.

The Steps for Getting Your Home Remodeled

Does your home have a few areas that could use some improvement? If this is the case, you need to know the right way to go about getting them fixed up. Educating yourself about the home improvement and remodeling process will make the project go much more smoothly once it has begun. Remodeling a home is never something that you should jump into without carefully planning it out in advance. The time you spend doing this will be well worth it later on. Here are the steps that you will need to take when you have decided to have a part of your house remodeled.

1. Make sure you know exactly what you want to have remodeled.

It is important that you have made all of the decisions about your remodeling job before any of the work begins. This is because the contractor you hire will be ordering materials and hiring a crew based on the requirements of the project you initially give to him. Therefore, changing your remodeling plans in the middle of the project will be very problematic. There will be times that it will be necessary to change your plans because of some unforeseen situation. However, you should try to avoid this if at all possible. This is why you need to take some time and figure out everything that you want to have remodeled before you start looking for a contractor to oversee your project.

2. Hire a contractor who has many years of experience.

You will now need to seek out a person to be in charge of your entire remodeling project from start to finish. This person is called a contractor. You should definitely not consider hiring someone at random for this very crucial task. You need to be certain that the person you hire to be your contractor has all of the necessary training. Therefore, you must check out the person’s background in order to find out how long he has been working as a contractor. It would also be beneficial to take a look at some of the contractor’s previous work. This will enable you to get a good sense of his level of skill.

3. Negotiate prices with several contractors in your area.

You should never just hire the first contractor who meets your criteria. You would be better off exploring all of your options. Therefore, you should get in touch with numerous contractors in your area and get free remodeling quotes from all of them. Feel free to haggle with them. You might discover that they are willing to lower their price if they find out you are talking to other contractors. Anyway, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying to negotiate a lower price. The worst thing that could happen is that they refuse to negotiate. In which case, you are no worse off than you were before.

4. Get a time frame for the completion of the remodeling project.

You need to get some sort of idea when the contractor will be able to wrap up the remodeling project. Ask him to give you a realistic time frame. However, you need to realize that it is hard to give an exact completion date because sometimes there are unforeseen problems.

Why You Should Consider Buying DJ Headphones Even If You Are Not a DJ

If you are a music lover but are not a DJ, you may wonder if getting a decent pair of mainstream headphones is even possible. DJ headphones provide greater sound quality and clarity and are more functional than a typical, standard pair of headphones that are worn by the masses. In this article, we will discuss why you should still consider investing in a good pair of DJ headphones even if you are not a DJ and do not plan on becoming one in the foreseeable future.

  1. Noise isolation. While mainstream headphones likely offer the noise cancellation feature, it is highly unlikely that the quality is as good as a decent pair of DJ headphones. The importance of noise isolation is to drown out all of the other sounds around you so that you can listen to the music in your ears. Noise isolation will omit any background interference and allow you to concentrate strictly on the notes that are playing in to your ears. If you do not have noise isolation, you will likely find yourself cranking up the volume to hear the music better, however all you are doing is damaging your inner ear.
  2. Accurate sound. It is imperative for a good DJ to use headphones that offer accurate sound and good bass. The reason that this feature is critical is because it allows them to mix songs with little room for error.
  3. Made with high quality materials. While mainstream headphones are made of decent materials, it is likely that DJ headphones are guaranteed to be durable and sturdy. DJ’s move around a great deal as they spin tracks for the crowd. Not to mention, DJ’s travel often and their headphones must be able to stand up to wear and tear that is caused by being transported frequently.
  4. Coiled or straight cord. Whether you get a pair of headphones with a straight or coiled cord is strictly of personal preference. DJ’s tend to prefer the coiled version as it allows more flexibility when moving around the stage or DJ booth.
  5. Swiveled ear pieces. The ability to listen to music with one ear pressed up against the headphones while the other ear is free to listen to the music that is currently playing is a great feature offered in DJ headphones. If you are not a DJ, you do not need this feature, however it could come in useful when you least expect it. The fact that you have the option to swivel your earpiece is a nice perk to have.
  6. Comfort. Last but certainly not least is the importance of comfort. DJ headphones are built to a different level of comfort standards than a typical pair of headphones. Because DJ’s wear their headphones for hours at a time, and typically around their neck, there is usually a great deal of cushion and added comfort when manufacturing DJ headphones. 

If these reasons do convince you that investing in a pair of DJ headphones is a great idea regardless of your DJ status, check out some additional very useful reviews that will likely answer any doubts you may have.

Four YouTube Painting Tutorials: White Orchids, Cherry Blossoms, Apple Blossoms and Durian

My aunt asked to make 4 paintings which she will give as presents to her friends. I documented the process and posted them on my YouTube Channel. I am hoping that those who will watch the videos will find them helpful in their painting journey.  These videos are now clearer than the previous ones since I set it up overhead. Plus, I added a light source. Also, I tried to add a voice over on the last video.  In future videos,  I plan to talk while I paint to help viewers understand the process better. I am here to help! I am still trying to figure out the process of making videos. In time, I’ll be able to figure out better ways to do them.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!  I am open to suggestions on how to improve them. You may also ask questions or request a painting tutorial

Here are the four videos:

Enjoy!

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