Simplifying My Make-Up Kit

This year is all about simplifying my life. Who needs a complicated life anyway, right? 

My old make-up kit is this plastic container which contains make-up I bought when I was still working. Oh, I love my brands - Shu Uemura, Bobbi Brown, etc. Buying these brands can get pretty expensive. I have several palettes  of eye shadows, blush, lipstick. My husband knows how expensive these things are when I asked him to buy me make-up brushes from Shu Uemura. I bet he's very happy I don't use that much make-up now.

My lifestyle definitely changed when I became a stay-at-home mom. I hardly had time to fix myself and put on make-up when Javi was very little.  

But now I want some color on my face so hello make-up again. I am not an expert in putting n make-up and all those make-up products.  I put on make-up for only 5-minutes and I've always loved the "no-make up look". For special occasions where I need to be fully made-up, I just go to a salon.  

I looked at my old make-up kit and found that I have so many beauty products that I couldn't even empty out. And I am pretty sure they are all expired and breeding bacteria now.  

I have this small pink make-up kit which I use when we travel. Well, it is now my simplified make-up kit which will contain only the essentials.  

My simplified make-up kit from Beabi 

L'Oreal eyeshadow brush
Shu Uemura blush brush
Shu Uemura eyeshadow brush
Body Shop tweezers
Shu Uemura White Eye Light pencil
(to open up the eyes)
Maybelline gray eyebrow pencil
MAC eyeliner in Slate
Laura Mercier eye pencil in Special Brown
Clinique Color Surge Eyeshadow Duo in Beach and Plum
(I have always loved the texture of Clinique eyeshadows on my eyes.)
Maybelline Hyper Curl Volume Express in Very Black
Shu Uemura eye lash curler

NARS blush in Orgasm

Kiehl's lip balm
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Bare Again
(Love this!!)
Clinique 07 Sheer Petal lipstick
(Love this. This came in a set and can't be bought individually.)
That's it!! I will stick with these until I used them all up or they've expired.

How about you, what's in your make-up kit?

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Last weekend, my family went through this Filipino wedding tradition, pamamanhikan.

According to Wikipilipinas, PAMAMANHIKAN means:

The groom is expected to speak to the parents of his intended about his intentions, then his parents as well must call on the bride's parents to gain their approval and to plan the wedding, a practice called pamamanhikan. This custom appears to have been established by the Philippine pre-colonial Malayan forebears.
It is traditional for the groom's parents to pay all the wedding expenses, though some couples now pay for their own wedding. The bride's parents may also offer to assist. These arrangements can be discussed during the pamamanhikan.

My brother formally asked for the hand of his fiancée for marriage from her parents and family. My immediate family was there as well as all my brother's best friend and the living siblings of my mother and deceased father. Both sides of the family were well represented. Really sad I missed it as I have never been to one.  

I love what pamamanhikan stands for. It shows respect for the lady the man is intending to marry and to her family as well. It is no easy task as the man will bravely face the overly protective parents of his fiancée to ask for her hand in marriage and to assure the woman's family, together with his own family, that she will be taken care of.

The pamamanhikan took place mid-afternoon so my family brought snack for my future sister-in-law's family. I really appreciate how she sent me photos as the pamamanhikan was going on. I particularly was envious of the food they got to eat.

In this modern age, you'd think pamamanhikan is a dead tradition. I'm afraid not. There is one friend whose fiancé came alone as his family lived abroad. He had to go through the pamamanhikan on his own. Hats off to the guy for bravely facing my friend's family, especially the father. Another friend who was abroad attended her own pamamanhikan via Skype. Her fiancé proceeded with asking her hand in marriage even if she was not around physically. What a sweet and thoughtful gesture.

I love Filipino customs and traditions that show respect to one's parents such as pamamanhikan, the use of "po" and "opo" when talking to older people and the "mano po" greeting. And I intend to pass these on to Javi and our future child or children. As a parent, I am responsible of teaching him/them about his Filipino heritage.

So proud of my brother for going through the pamamanhikan. I can't help but think what my father would say if he had been there. Makes me miss his presence so much.

What other Filipino customs and tradition would you want to pass on to your children?
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Update to My Starbucks City Mug Collection

I was surprised that the entry about my Starbucks city mug collection has had one of the highest views.

Didn't think there would be that much interest on it.

I just want to thank my husband and siblings who I have coerced into buying me the city mugs on my list. And I'm equally grateful to good friends who have helped me grow my collection.

Out of this craziness I met a fellow collector who is willing to trade mugs with me. She also changed my mind into collecting mugs from cities I have never been to.

So I had to come up with new guidelines:
  1. For uniformity's sake, I only collect Starbucks City Mugs 2008 Global Icon series. 
  2. Any city (or even country) will do as long as I don't have it yet.

My updated list of city mugs I own are:

Chiang Mai 


Singapore (not in photo)

Thank you guys!!

Let me know how I can help you out with your collection. Leave me a comment or send me  a message at

Enjoy your Friday!

Unwritten Rule

There is an unwritten rule between married people. It is never to talk bad about each other to anyone whatever it takes.

I found this on Pinterest and thought it was a great reminder for me.

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I was inspired to create something that is more politically correct which the wife or the husband can use.  

So here is my own version --

Enjoy the rest of the week!

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Brilliant Uses for Ordinary Things

My primary role is being a homemaker. I had found so many great ideas on Pinterest which I wanted to share with you about keeping a home, recipes to cook, organizing tips, and so much more. 

For now I wanted to share how your ordinary household item, say baby powder, would have a purpose other than keep one feeling fresh. Who would have thought that the things we have at home can be used for something else?

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Apparently, baby powder gets the sand off.

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WD-40 will remove crayon marks from any surface.
As a mother of a toddler, this is definitely an assurance.

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I have tried it and it worked!

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Lastly, the ultimate extraordinary uses of 16 ordinary household items (from toothpaste to chalk).

Again, I hope you learn something new from this post.

If you have other brilliant ideas, feel free to share them in the comment form.

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Mid-Week Encouragement

Heaven knows I need encouragement every single day. 
It's Wednesday and my busiest day of the work week.

The first two reminders are Miss Universe-inspired. Miss Angola was crowned as this year's Miss Universe. It only proves that being dark-skinned is beautiful. So everyone please, enough with the whitening creams and glutathione, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL JUST THE WAY YOU ARE. 

God made you that way which means nothing is wrong with you.

This is also a constant reminder to raise my kid/s secure of their physical aspects. Nothing is wrong with the color of their skin or the color of their eyes, or the shape of their nose. NOTHING.

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And this is my personal reminder today. 

I will keep on repeating this as I haul my toddler and his stroller over to CentralWorld 
for my small group tonight. 

Enjoy the rest of this wonderful week!

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Single Mother for a Week

You would think I'd have been used to it by now, but I haven't. If there's one thing that makes me really unhappy, it's when my husband goes on a business trip. I hate being weeks apart from him. 

Having Javi made things different - I was kept so busy yet it was challenge taking care of him on my own.

Jed went on another business trip recently. If we were still in Cebu, Javi and I would have been enjoying ourntime in Bulacan with my family. But since this is Bangkok and the airfare is much more expensive, we have no other choice but to stay.

This was the second time Jed has been away on a trip since we moved to Bangkok. The first time was too crazy I didn't have time to write about it.

I guess the second time was definitely easier than the first as I knew what I am capable of doing. I have no problem during the day as Javi and I are used to being on our own while Jed works. It's the evenings that I dread and the fact that I don't get a break from taking care of Javi.

So how did our week without Jed go?

Day 1: Woke up early and saw the beautiful sunrise. Even wrote two blog entries while Javi was still sleeping. It was a Sunday so we went to church. Touched by our friends in church as they took turns in looking after Javi while I bought our food for lunch and when I had small group.

Day 2: We checked out a Kinderjam class. Javi wouldn't go down and was just holding on to me. When he finally did, the class was over. This is a day of failure. My first try at cooking using my new slow cooker was a fail. Three out of four baked potatoes were inedible. I finally finished the movie Bucket List and I cried my heart out. I felt lonely in the evening as I miss Jed.

Day 3: Uh oh.. I can feel a migraine coming. It's that time of the month. Javi and just stayed at home. My cleaning lady came over. I cooked a delicious Broccoli and Cheese Soup.

Day 4: Migraine was in full blast. Aaargh! The day went in slow motion. Grateful my small group was moved to Sunday as I could not get out of the house. Thankfully I even had the energy to cook our food.

Day 5: Woke up migraine-free. Yay! It was a productive day for us. Went to our neighborhood grocery to shop for what's missing in our house. And I knew I was well when I started sticking to my to-do list. I organized our medicine "basket" and Jed's closet, paid bills online, started editing my Linked In account and finished typing our wedding vows ready to be framed again. 

Day 6: Javi and I were hoping to shop at the opening of Uniqlo at the CentralWorld. We retreated as the line was horribly long. There is no way I would be in queue with an active toddler and a stroller.

The crazy line to Uniqlo 
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We shopped elsewhere and had a nice quiet lunch at Burger King. I cooked lasagna using the slow cooker and it was a success. This was a happy day as Jed arrived in the evening.

We were both so happy Jed is back. Javi would no longer have to talk to his dad via Skype video call every night. 

I was particularly relieved Jed was back. I now have more time for myself. There are just things I can't do with Javi all wanting my attention all day. I couldn't be in front of the laptop for long period of time as he would be climbing up the table and would want to play with the keys and mouse. Now I have time to go down and exercise at the gym - one thing I could not do without Jed.

There's a good thing with Jed being away, we had more sleep. Javi slept earlier and longer. Jed comes home late so the little boy would still be playing with his dad so he sleeps later than I would want him to. 

I guess you'd wonder how I managed to take showers. The trick is to take showers while Javi is still sleeping. But what if he wakes up early, I would shove the iPad into his hands and that is enough to keep him busy watching the Sesame Street videos on You Tube and Barney shows which I have uploaded. 

We survived again!! Oh, I prayed hard every single day. 

Jed is back and he brought me this --

Have a blessed Sunday!!
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My NOT To-Do List

Let me try to be different and list down things I will not do.

Now why the heck would I do that? Can't I just focus on my To-Do list?

I was inspired by my favorite two bloggers, Lara Williams of To Overflowing and Michael Hyatt. Lara came up with her post, what I DON'T do, so I can do what I do. I really think it was brilliant of laying down what you cannot do so you can focus on the bigger things. Not long after, Michael Hyatt came up with his Do You Have a Not To-Do List?  He listed the activities he will stop doing for the sake of greater productivity.

What actually inspired me more to come up with my own NOT To-Do List is slide #6 from Michael Hyatt's tribute to Steve Jobs which says:

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Say No to 1,000 Things
"It's only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important."

Let me say that is enough to convince me to come up with my own version.

I do not --

IRON. Ironing is my waterloo and I spent so much time trying to do it and I still don't get a favorable result in the end.

CHAT. Now that I am running a household and taking care of Javi, I do not have the luxury of time for chatting. When you find me online on Facebook chat, that would definitely be by accident. However, I have a handful of people I am in constant communication with through BBM and YM - Jed, my two siblings, and a handful of friends.

PLAY GAMES (Other than Bejewelled Blitz). I easily get addicted to games. So I dare not start on Angry Birds or Plants vs Zombies. I know myself and I know I will not stop. Case in point, Bejewelled. And I get very competitive. No more new games for me, I have things to do.

READ GOSSIP. There used to be a time when my morning would not be complete until I have read the Entertainment section of all major dailies. Times have changed and I find I have no use for those information anymore. I would even be the last to know what goes on in the lives of celebrities.

FOLLOW/SUBSCRIBE TO BLOGS FOR ITS MERE POPULARITY. I am subscribed to 77 blogs in my RSS reader and it takes a chunk of my time everyday going through a hundred plus posts. I constantly reassess my subscription and I choose those blogs which would help me with my walk with God, help me become a better wife/mother/person, encourage me to live simply and teach me to be a better homemaker. Yes, I would often not know what the latest happenings are but come to think of it, do these things really matter? This also applies to the people I follow on Twitter.

SLEEP IN. Yes, my little boy is sleeping longer now and I have that luxury to sleep in during weekends. But, it just doesn't feel right. I discovered I am a morning person and I enjoy being up as the sun is rising. It is a beautiful thing to watch from where I sit in the morning during my quiet time. I like the idea of getting so much done in the morning leaving me free to relax later in the day.

BELIEVE IN LUCK, SUPERSTITIONS, HOROSCOPES, MERCURY RETROGADE AND THE SECRET. I only believe in God and His words. I do not let my life be ruled over by all these things. I do not let them stop me from the things I need to do. When I want something, I ask God for it.

The goal here is to saying no to these things so I have more time for the important things and God's plan in my life.

It's your turn, what's in your NOT To-Do list?
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Sunday Morning Thought: Disposition

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I went through a phase recently where my mind and emotions tricked me into thinking I am not happy. 

I resented my husband's long work hours. My active toddler was too much for me to handle. I was feeling homesick. Suddenly, Bangkok did not quite look promising. I lost my appetite for Thai food.

I was depressed.

But I held on to God's words. I prayed even if it sounded I was ranting my heart out.

God was very patient with my stubborn self. And my dearest husband, too.

I asked Him why I can't snap out of this phase.

He told me to just do one thing. I got up and obeyed.

My disposition changed. I felt happier. 

Since then I make an effort everyday to just focus on the good things. I saw everything in a new light.

While I frown upon my husband's long hours, he is fulfilling his role as our provider. I am grateful for a husband who works hard. 

While it is so hard to keep up with my little boy and am trying hard to understand his temper tantrums, he is the sweetest and most adorable boy who amuses me every single day. I have this cutest little person who keeps me company the entire day that Jed is at work.

It is definitely up to us how our world is going to be like. 

Think good happy thoughts and you will be happy. It's as simple as that. 

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