Olay! Ole! Ole! Ole! Lugi….

 

Disclaimer: This is not a paid blog. I woke up this morning and found out the truth about my favorite moisturizer.
ImageThis morning I opened the refrigerator (yes) to get my moisturizer (Olay).  I was pressing it but I figured I used all the contents inside.  Like most women, we would as much as possible use all the remaining contents of our lotion, make-up and the needed essentials to make it “sulit” (worth it).  Even though I have extra supply of Olay, I thought of opening it and scrapping what is left.

To my hearts disappointment this is what is inside an Olay bottle.

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Where is the moisturizing cream? This is it?

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I could not believe my eyes! I thought the the bottle was at least 3/4 filled with the heavenly cream. Aghast!  I was buying an 800 peso cream for such a little amount of product. Ang mahal ng packaging! 

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And I thought I was making a smashing good deal! Olay still is one of the best moisturizing creams out in the market. I just felt cheated. Well it did state 50 grams,but uhmm… such an ingenious marketing ploy! 

 

Lucid nightmares

image c/o: jhshoebridge.wordpress.com

image c/o: jhshoebridge.wordpress.com

**Edited, haha too much errors, tablet typing is haaarrddd!

I’m writing this fresh off my successful attempt of waking up, or have i woken up? Lucid dreams are awesome if its about being a super hero or winning the lottery, but mine was something out of a freakish movie plot.

At first I dreamt of being in the church with my friend Harriet. We were seated in the back row and was disappointed over the lack of clothing some of the church goers wore (pepe shorts and litaw tyan fitting tops). They were very noisy too and I was “shuushing” them like the other people in my dream. I even heard “katoliko ka ba?” to a girl by a guy who was obviously equally disappointed as I am. Then came this figure who stood beside me. I was sitting at the edge of the pew. It was a “she”, looked at her and saw she was already looking at me, her eyes were all black (parang demons sa supernatural) and she had this mischievous half smile on her face. She was morena with a short chin length hair. I was surprised when she suddenly sat on me, on my laps. In my dream I was holding my ipad, and it was squished by this thing, I even told Harriet “ang ipad koooo” then I “woke” up. I was back in our room but I can Still feeling her weight on me, but she wasn’t there. I couldn’t move I tried to shout but no words came out. Yes! typical bangungot.

I closed my eyes and prayed, when I opened them I was lying face down on a raining basement parking floor full of cars. I dont know where the water came from but its flooding the place. I was alone at first looking for the exit when a group of armed mafia looking men came out of nowhere. I sort of tiptoed away from them in the hopes of not seeing me, but they just passed by me, isip ko where they looking for something. What I saw next was truly horrifying, a gray looking thing that looks like a rotting dementor in a gray raincoat was limping after me. I was like bakit ako hinahabol nito eh merong mga ibang tao. I was running and found an exit, when i opened the door the stairs was blocked by a trashcan and my instincts said, oh no entry!

When I turned around, instead of the flooded basement I saw myself in front of a dimly lit small house hallway. Yes ibang level! I know at that point that everything was a dream was, I slowly walked and saw a lone woman sitting on a white ratan with blue foam sofa, it was night time, the house looked like a Mom and Tina’s restaurant with big sliding doors on both ends. I thought the lone woman was Bygo (friend from previous work), but when she turned she looked like my classmate Melaysee from high school. She smiled at me, it seems like she didn’t mind me there. Items I saw in the house were a wodden crib with a rubber duck inside, a wooden round dining table for four. Parang bahay ni Aunt Petnia of Harry Potter. Outside it was raining, much like a typhoon is coming, I looked at the garden-winds rustling the trees, the streets with orange light post (house is in a corner lot), there’s also a building across the house-kinda like a long wall similar to UST. What caught my attention was a street sign street, I tried to read it but the words were blurred up, the area is reminiscent of Manila. When I turned around I noticed a dark staircase was leading up the second floor, suddenly the girl spoke “oh she’s waiting for you upstairs”. Ano to? Oracle? Nope lady not going up!

I closed my eyes and told myself to wake up. I did find myself back inside our room, akala ko OK na, OJ and Shumi were still sleeping, it was dark outside. When i sat up thinking “hay salamat” OJ woke up and asked me what I was doing. I told him I was dreaming, then my attention caught these freakin mahjong blocks on our bed! Shhhhhh….. I was still in it! I covered myself in a blanket closed my eyes tight and when i opened them, still in the room, but OJ was already outside readying himself for work (he has Sat work). I slowly stood up, thinking if its a dream or not, when Bam! Still in a dream the unit looked different and OJ had Bobby Andrews hair circa TGIS. He looked at me and told me you’re still dreaming and it sounded like a mock, take note sumsayaw pa sya. I ran back to the room, covered myself in a blanket. I was already screaming praying-calling to the high heavens to wake me up. I even thought of jumping off the building to wake up, but was too scared. After praying to my guardian angel (yes I believe in them) I finally woke up. OJ’s first words were “tinatawag mo ba si Marra?” (another friend) because he said it sounded like i was calling her name.

I am so pagod. But I’m glad that I woke up from that dream. I am still sleepy since I was up at 3 nursing a sick child. The thing is, I am afraid to sleep now, what if I get trapped in my weird head again. The human brain is astonishingly creepy.

Calamansi Surprise!

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Thanks to Joy of http://www.misistagle.me for the yummy baked calamnsi muffins. It goes well with the never ending kwentuhan over home cooked bfast. Bitin ang 4 hours!

Seriously, she makes these baked goodies great. How about selling them out? Yummy! 10 fingers and 10 toes approval! I’d wag a tail if i had any!  I personally like the browned ones. I like the extra crunch.

‘Til then!

Head over to her website at http://www.misistagle.me for her day to day adventures. Fun read!

The K-Drama (Korean) Obsession

Back in 2005, when uso pa ang Deebeedee sa Quiapo, my hubby, then boyfie bought me a K-Drama series titled “Wonderful Life”.  It’s about a story of two people meeting each other in Singapore, spending the night drunk and getting the girl accidentally pregnant.  My Mom and I got hooked, we were laughing and crying in all of the 16 episodes, it gave a spell on how two different personalities can develop love in the most challenging times.

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 Image Lifted from: http://fansub.guckies.com/

Present time, in the Philippines K-Drama’s shows are dubbed in tagalog and is terribly edited to prolong the air time.  Too much commercial.  Unable to watch, networks usually show these chopped up K-Drama series  either in the mid afternoon or late after prime time. Until recently, I was off work, my friend posted a link on her FB account about a K-Drama hub where you can watch your Asian series, movies and media via streaming.

Welcome to www.gooddrama.net!  The place where I spend most mornings.

These are my series favorites?

1. The Master’s Sun

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Image Lifted from: http://asianwiki.com/The_Master’s_Sun

A quirky supernatural themed show about a girl who can see ghosts.  Somewhat kind of an Asian Ghost Whisperer but with a strong comedic approach.  It has its moment where you get dragged with the cluelessness of the main characters but the twists were good.  In the end, you’ll be clapping your hands with glee.  Love the OST too.

2. I Can Hear your Voice

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A courtroom drama with a twist of revenge and super hearing gifts.  I like how intellectual the show was, giving insight to the technicalities of justice and what the implications are for the affected ones of the court.  What bothered me was the young protagonist really looked .. well enhanced and his features were very feminine so it kind of distracted me while watching the show.  It also gives hope to those “Noona’s” looking for some boys… may pag-asa pa!

3. Queen In Hyun’s Man

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Image Lifted from: http://www.fanpop.com

This is my favorite so far.  A time traveler themed series of epic romance.  It tells a story about how love crosses time and you can’t fight destiny.  I love the acting of the female protagonist played by Yoo In-na.  She plays this love struck actress who easily swoons for this mysterious Joseon clothes wearing man that asks her where they were.  Its funny how circumstances are but you know the girl is patay na patay sa guy. I suggest you watch this if you like fairy tale endings. Update: I would like to point it out that according to my friend Hiyasmin (verified by Wiki) that the two main characters did end up together. The leading man Ji Hyum-woo is currently under military service.  It makes more kilig to know that those kisses PG-15 are somehow real making out sessions. LOLS!

Other series worth mentioning:

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Image lifted from: http://www.fanpop.com

The Rooftop Prince, another time traveling story. I only liked the first 2 and the last episode.  The rest are just fillers.  The parts that I like were the acting of the 3 minions of the Prince.  They were so cute! This series also had me craving for Omurice.  The series still left me with good spirits knowing that they tied up loose ends making it a feel good movie after all.

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The Heirs with Lee Min Ho casted as the lead. It was a disappointing show.  There was really no solid story, Lee Min Ho looked more like a college guy rather than a HS dude he’s portraying.  It centers on the lives of the upper 1% of the Korean society, the series had a good potential but did not execute the story line to be interesting enough for me.   It’s your typical poor girl got the attention of the troubled heir played by Min Ho (yes close kami).  Somehow they live in one house, since the Mom is the house help of the mudra of the rich family of Lee Min Ho.  By episode 17, it still felt like episode 5, I was looking for the big climax, but it didn’t come.  Saving the show is Lee Min Ho’s following, he is really cute. Ang cute talaga nya, specially when he cries.  It feels like you want to run and catch his tears. Hahaha! Ehem, 27 na ata sya.

I am currently watching

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Arang and the Magistrate, this is such a cute and funny story about a ghost and a person who can see ghosts.  It also shows the mythology of the Gods in the heavens and hell playing with the lives and events of men.  It also talks about the supernatural, the life of a magistrate in the Joseon era, how corrupt men existed even in the early times and how right always trumps the wrong.  This will be shown this year here in the Philippines by one of the networks entitled Tale of Arang.

Now if you don’t have time to wait for the next episode, or need assistance in understanding what happened during you favorite soaps head on to Drama Beans. A great detailed source of story lines and the writer’s personal comments on how they felt after watching the shows.

Enjoy K-Drama-ing!!! :)

For Future reference these are my line ups for the month of January all ongoing K-Drama shows:

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Sassy Girl is now a full grown woman. She looks so hot!

My Love from Another Star, an alien inspired series that will keep you laughing and asking for more. Based on the written historical documentation in the Joseon era about a circular flying object, I bet I’ll be glued to the screen for this one.

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The Prime Minister and I, Let’s see how politics and love plays around in the city of Seoul.

And least I forget, this is my favorite transformation show… Let Me In!  The Korean reality TV plastic/cosmetic surgery show.  You wont believe what these Koreans are capable of doing. Amazing, OK naiiyak ako sa ibang episodes kasi ang galing!

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Here are my favorite transformations:

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Truelala!!
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She was bullied and even went to the Philippines, still got bullied so she got on the show.

I can’t find the picture of that girl who was very masculine in features and was even very hairy like a man.  She was so feminine after the transformation.  She used to work hard labor lifting objects that’s why she became so masculine.  What touches me the most was how they get reunited with their family members. Aww.. the tears.  Parents would say sorry, but I wonder sorry for what? the genes they passed on?  Anyhoo, Skycable and Destiny Cable subscribers, its on Channel M every Wed at 11PM.

Enjoy K-Drama! =)

Wrong Ramen

Late Post.

I miss hanging out with my Besie.  We rarely see each other.  She’s busy with her work as a professional dentist who travels a lot and I’m busy with my then work in corporate and mommy-hood.  This was one of those only times when our schedule matched. We decided to try out Wrong Ramen at Burgos Circle.  Ramen joints in the Philippines became a fad last 2013.  Besie came home fresh from her Japan trip and was craving for something authentic.  It was 4:30 in the afternoon, we were already in front of the “Ramehan” (pauso ko sa ramen na mamihan). They open 5pm, so we had to wait out for them to let us in.

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Sat in the side table where sharing is a welcome option

For appetizer, we got the Tofu

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Four pieces lang…. P 150

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Here’s our Ramen

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Besie got the Communist P 395

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I got the Tantanmen also at P395

We like the richness of the ramen and one serving can be good for two people.  As this is a Ramen place, don’t expect an extensive menu.  The place is well designed, simple and modern.  They also have a second floor which gives you a great view of the Burgos Circle driveway.

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Besie and I approve

I didn’t lose my head off after eating, but it was a warm filling meal. Great for a rainy afternoon.

Wrong Ramen: Forbes Town Center, Forbestown Rd, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig (02) 823-8249

Our guilty Youtube past time

Shumi and I bond on a lot of different activities.  She loves to assist me when cleaning, folding the bed sheets, organizing (well sort of) and most specially cooking.  Started when she would take a stool or a chair stand on it and watch me cook in our two burner gas stove.  Last year, I let her help me cook pasta, dumping ingredients on the soup but still holding off giving her cutting assignments.

I think Youtube is a great avenue to introduce and inspire children to what they would potentially like in the future.  Shumi was introduced to America’s Junior Master Chef where she picked up the phrase “Whip it like a man!!!” (from Sarah).  The series showcase kiddie home cooks across the USA. Shumi watched the series over and over and I had to look for something new to inspire her creativity.

Episode 1 for the US version hosted by Gordon Ramsey, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot

I cam across this Youtube channel called Cooking with Dog.  Its a cooking channel which starts with a catchy tune with the featured item of the day and a dog narrator with a distinguishable Japanese sometimes segways Italian accent named Francis.  We are then introduced to mysterious Chef that cooks the dishes.

I like this channel a lot.  It is a simple, organic cooking show that teaches its viewers why it is easy and fun to cook.  The Chef teaches techniques on what’s the best approach on how to cook which is very practical to home cooks.  No big overwhelming equipment or too much chitchattery is also a plus.  Best of all, it centers on Japanese cuisine – Japanese fusion and sometimes even shows continental dishes.  They have featured over 168 dishes on their youtube page, It is our must watch before going to bed.

Here are some of my favorite dishes featured:

Hamburger Cheese Steak! YUM!!!

Tonkatsu!!!

Strawberry Shortcake!!

I am determined to try her dishes, just that some of the ingredients are not sold in the regular grocery.  Must head out to Fujimart in Timog to buy my stocks!

Happy Watching!

33 on a SUNDAY – BAGUIO part 3 – ang pagtatapos

Sa Pinas, it is a priority to celebrate mass (if Catholic) on your birthday.

We headed up to Baguio Cathedral to hear the 11AM mass.

Baguio CathedralThis picture was taken 2 weeks ago in our December Baguio visit. Beautiful huh!

The church was full when we got there, we just stood near the front of the church.  OJ wanted to try Vizco’s since we always buy their strawberry shortcake cake.  It’s the best I’ve tasted in my life, Just eat it within 2 days or else the fresh strawberries will spoil out.  It will taste like nail polish (don’t ask me why I know).

IMG_1721Must try cake in Baguio – Vizco’s Strawberry Shortcake, taken last August for Shumi’s birthday weekend

When we entered the place, it was full and we were directed to Ocha Asian.  Its like Jack’s Loft and Pho, two restaurants but you can order form either one.

Eagerly we ordered the following:

For Starters:

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Ocha Asian’s Fresh Veggie Roll – Its good, but the peanut sauce is too watery.  It kind of dilutes the flavor (in short matabang)

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Ocha Asian’s Pad-Thai is a good order, not spicy though kasi may kid.

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Ocha Asian Chicken Kebab – also worth the order, the chicken is tender. Regular tartar dip I think.

For Main Course:

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Vizco’s Chicken for Shumi and Yaya. Its well seasoned. Safe order.

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My Salisbury Steak, I kinda felt shortchanged, the burger patty is thin, I still prefer Pancake House’s version coz of the thicker slice of ground beef.  This baby cost roughly us 225

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Vizco’s  Salpicao is OK, The meat is tender and flavorful but Dulcinea parin and highest level ng affordable Salpicao for us.  Parang ang koonti lang ng rice.

Desserts: If you’re looking for the famous Strawberry Cake, they were out of stock at the time we ate for lunch.  Instead we ordered the following:

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Vizco’s Blueberry Cheescake – I kid you not, it is equally as good as the Strawberry Shortcake!

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This was Shumi’s Cake – Red Velvet, lacks the moist we look for, but the cream cheese frosting  is yummy.

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Lastly, the  Vizco’s Oreo Cheescake, Its just creamy goodness all over.

Three cakes daw because I’m 33.  I couldn’t ask for anything more.  My family is the best.  Thanks OJ, you never fail to amaze me.  Our life is simple, practical and intimate.  Thank you for being such a great and patient family man.

IMG_2464Can I just say, I’ve been using Olay and wow ah! look at my face and my hand color. Ahmaaahzeeen!

We spent the day going to the Strawberry Farm at La Trinidad

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and visiting the Grotto to give thanks

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Had dinner too at Chocolat de Baterol.  The hot choco is good, but the food was nothing special.  I think its too expensive for the portion they served.  The dinuguan was full of fat, The tocino was ordinary.  I ordered the Bistek Tagalog meal its yummy naman, pero for 199?

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Known for their handmade hot-chocolate, this place rocks with giving you fuzzy tummy warm. Kaya ito nalang order nyo tsaka suman with latik.

We also went on our promised boat ride.  Its 100 per boat, you drive on your own or you hire an rowing guy for 50 pesos.

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Snuggling with her Dadeh!

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Bakit daw sleepy si Ariel? According to Shumi.

Went home that night, happy on my 33rd, resting for the long journey home which by the way we only took four hours! Record baby!  Thanks to leaving on a Monday, less traffic on a siesta hour plus the addition of the TPLEX, Baguio is an easier destination to visit.