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The Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated by the sweet Rothseri for The Versatile Blogger Award which I’m trully thankful of. Her passion and love of life radiates through her blog. Let’s all feel the vibe and drop by her blog to show our love. Before I tackle mine, let’s go on with the mechanics first.

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The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Link their blog.
  • Write 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers.

Since I have done so many posts noting facts, trivias etc. about myself ( if you want a full coverage see here ) I’ve decided to feature something more about where I came from.

I’m a Filipina and resides in the beautiful warm country of the Philippines. Ours is only a small archipelago for those who doesn’t know yet, we are from the continent of Asia.

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philippinemaps.facts.com

I’ve collected 7 random facts bout my country so you may know me fully well. I just hope my little history won’t bore you.

  1. Philippines is being occupied by different countries over the centuries making us having acquired a vast influences in terms of Culture and Religion. Being ranked according to the number years they have colonized our country, they are as follows: Spanish, Americans, British and Japanese. Though the Spaniards may have ruled us the longest for 377 years, It’s the Americans who had given Education as their major contribution hence English language is being widely used aside from our native tongue.
  2. We are blessed for our pristine white beaches, some of which I made featured here. But little did they know that my country is also known for having the world class surfing beaches some of which you were unheard of. Aside from the popular 9 waves of Baler and the majestic waves of Caliocan, there is also Pararan in Catanduanes and Lanuza Bay in Surigao.
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islandofthephilippines.com

3. Coconuts is one of our biggest exports. In fact we are the world’s leading producer of coconuts having produced 19.5 million tons of fruit in 2010. This is not only one of our biggest produce but is also what we called The Tree of Life because of the endless list of products being derived from it’s various parts.

imageAmong the famous is what we call latik ( coconut cream) which is popularly used as a dipping sauce of Suman one of our known native delicacy. Also a personal favorite.

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from manileanials.com

4. Three from the Top 10 largest malls in the world are found in the Philippines namely, SM City or SM North Edsa, SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia.

image5. Being colonized by the Spaniards for the longest period, their greatest contribution was the Roman Catholic religion making us the largest Catholic population in Asia. With this being told, ours also have the world’s largest Catholic University in terms of population which is the University of Santo Thomas founded in 1611. Oldest than Harvard University founded in 1636.

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papalvisit.ph

6. Filipinos has a great passion for food. Proof of this are the vast population of investors who have invested their popular chains here. But some of the best that we are known and liked worldwide are as follows: Adobo and Lumpia

lumpia by kusinamasterrecipes.com
lumpia by kusinamasterrecipes.com

The Halo Halo which was featured in Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown and Leche Flan.

leche flan by kawalingpinoy.com
leche flan by kawalingpinoy.com

7. And lastly, being a tribute to Filipinos who loves to sing and always a participant in different singing competitions worldwide, did you know that the first patented producer of the karaoke is not a Japanese but a Filipino. Roberto del Rosario made the karaoke machine in 1975. It was only four years later that a Japanese musician had invented it. So don’t be surprised why in every Filipino event there’s always a karaoke or presently called videoke.

My 15 Nominees

  1.  ruggedkitchen
  2. mrsstrawberryblonde
  3. nogynyan
  4. supalifeofashopaholic
  5. theprettypomegranate
  6. filipinoinsideout
  7. thelifeofkristyn
  8. frugal beauty
  9. emma charlotte beauty
  10. prettypinkpossum
  11. beautytime101
  12. sharonbeautyprime
  13. mila said so
  14. Herl
  15. rusticbeauty

As always, my sole request is show our love and support to the following ladies for sharing us a part of their life and learnings. So eager to know more about you ladies.

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Monday Musings: Liebster on a double

Happy Monday!
How did your weekends went? I decided to incorporate my Liebster Award into my Monday Musings because this is a celebration of friendship. Being acknowledged by your job means that you are doing it right. You have been an inspiration. What a better way to repay is to give back the kindness and spreading the love.
My week has been pretty busy so I wasn’t able to post my foodie weekend. Not to mention that until now my internet connection is a total mess. My apologies to my blogging family that I can’t catch up. I’m trying my very best to visit and leave my well wishes as much as my cellphone could accommodate. With this, I owe deniselyra so much to keep this standing for so long.
Before I proceed, I would like to thank first this two wonderful Filipinas for acknowledging my effort and nominating me for this award.
Deniselyra who shares her love for Korean products, lives her life by sharing her wonderful travels and journey and a passion for books. Don’t miss the opportunity of getting to know her.
Cheonsadiana for sharing her knowledge in skincare and giving out best advice based on a personal experience. If you have problems on combating oiliness which is very common to us Filipinas, try reaching out in her blogs. It might do wonders for you.
First, the rules:
* Thank the blogger who nominated you with a link back to his/her blog.
* Answer the questions asked by the nominator.
* Nominate 5-10 bloggers
* Create 10 questions for the nominees to answer.

Here are deniselyra’s questions.
1. What is the number 1 beauty product on your wishlist?
That would have be a Tom Ford red lippy.
2. What is your favorite beauty/makeup hack?
My eyelashes are very thin and short. To make it fuller, I sweep mascara towards my nose instead of applying it upwards. This technique would also make your eyes look bigger.
3. Favorite place in the world?
I feel so much connected with Italy. Maybe I lived there prior my present life.
4. Unlimited access to skincare products or makeup products?
Unlimited access to skincare because I’m a sucker for youthful looking skin.
5. Would you rather type/text or write by hand?
I prefer writing by hand because I feel the words sticks more in my brain as I do the strokes.
6. What’s the first makeup item you ever brought?
If my memory serves me right, it’s a red burgundy lipstick from Maybelline.
7. Are you a homebody or do you love going out?
I’m a homebody person.
8. Do you play any sport?
The first and last that I involved myself deeply into sports is when I became a member of our Rowing team in college.
9. Beach or Mountain?
I’m a beach baby.
10. Any exciting plans for your blog we should be watching out for?
I’ve slowly incorporated things that I love in my blog. Not just solely focus on budget friendly makeups and skincare. I also would love to include food and places to eat though I have started my foodie weekend a few weeks ago. As I said, I want it to be multifunctional.

Thank you again denise for that wonderful set of questions.
Now on we go with cheonsadiana’s .
1. What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time?
Aside from reading blogs on my reader, I always bake.
2. What’s the fear you’ve recently overcome?
I have deep fears. Not just a plain thing or place but something about the future or perspective. Slowly I battled a few, can’t say that I completely won but I believe, I will!
3. What’s your all time favorite dessert?
I scream for ICE CREAM!!
4. Any skincare tip?
I use to gently rub ice cube on my face before I wash it. I feel that it makes my skin finer.
5. Any makeup tip?
Same with my answer on denise’s number 2 question.
6. Do you watch Youtube videos? Who is your favorite Youtuber?
I had a post about my favorite Youtuber, you can find it here

7. Facebook or Instagram and why?

Instagram. As Cat said, they all look like a catalogue to me.

8. Any advice to bloggers?

Write with your heart. Your love for  what you are doing will lead the way.

9. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

People who gives me the attitude.

10. Which culture would you like to experience?

Korean and Japanese.

11. What’s your favorite quote?

See it here

Thank you Cheonsadiary for the fun questions.

I decided to skip the nominations since most that I know have already done this a couple of times but then again let us not forget the main rule here, spread the love and kindness to these beautiful Ladies! Don’t forget to check them out!

Enjoy the rest of the week!

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My Blogger Recognition Award

I’m so thankful for all the acknowledgement that this blogging community has given me. Be by exchange of thoughts, long discussions or simply stopping by means the world to me. To be given a nomination… is just priceless.

Image from abc
Image from abc

I wouldn’t want a Thank You to be a cliche on this award  giving moment but instead I would like you all to see this person as what I see her, of how she has given an impact to a simple individual, who has given hopes to every aspiring bloggers and build solidarity to the institution ones. (a little bending of a rule wouldn’t hurt right?)

Fivezero I would say for me, is a nail polish librarian as I known her. Her vast collection of nail polishes from the year that we don’t care up to the present made me wonder if she’s living with a wall to wall display of it. Call her unique, but she has this unusual way of doing what we would have in a common way which just makes her a standout and a sought after blogger. Her knowledge of everything makes you think if aside from nail polishes, if she really is a librarian? But what I admire her the most is the way she exchanges ideas, sharing her unbiased thoughts is unparalleled.

The Blogger Recognition Award Rules

  • Write a post explaining why you started blogging along with few tips.
  • Nominate some of your fellow bloggers.
  • Comment on their blogs to let them know you’ve nominated them.

I started blogging just this year of February. To date, it’s been 6 months. My sister persisted me on investing my love for writing and do the blog though both are all different. I chose the latter instead on pursuing a career in writing because of the freedom in expressing your thoughts, freedom on choosing what you want to develop  and most no time frame. Still, you are responsible for the course of your action here, though freedom in so many aspects is very much practiced, be liable enough to give your readers a worth of their time. Don’t just post but give time to do a research, be aware and inspire ( there, some tips now being spilled) not just copy and paste.

Thinking back, I can’t help but feel emotional of what my blog have grown to. Initially I’m not ashamed to say that I started out without any funds. Though it’s not primarily the issue here as long as you have available materials to work with, ideas and tips to share, that wouldn’t be a problem. I don’t own a stash of makeups nor have a lucrative collection of skin care to share so my sister and I decided to have a low-buy scheme. I chose what I feel is a necessity not a need. But let’s be honest, the ones that gathers most attention are the hip, the new, the lemmings.

I have this mindset to make our local products be at least, have a portion of recognition to the world. So it’s a struggle. There are so many things that have come my way but as what they say, chase your dream. If you are willing, there will always be a way. In this months, I got to know people, share interests with them, bring them to my everyday life and be inspired of them. My word of advice for all those budding bloggers, I’m not a pro but I’m saying these based on my personal account and I would really love to share it with you, if you don’t mind. 😊

Put your love on your blog. Not all days are a bed of roses in blogging. Not all times your head outpours with ideas. But if you have the love for your work, you strive, you persevere to make everything work.

Don’t be intimidated with what surrounds you. I might say that some are full of elegant, up to date materials to share. Some may have over the top followers or likes but like everyone else, they started like all of us, though some might not have the same struggle as you still at some point in time we are all equal. We are all different individuals, your style may not be like them but there are  people out there who would want your take on things. You might find it hard at first, I believe it’s always been like that but eventually your blog would come together.

It’s a learning process. Sometimes the best learnings is the experience itself. Don’t be afraid to think out of the box. Our readers hungers for the new. If your post didn’t make it well who knows maybe a few months onwards it will be acknowledge by the world. At least now you know they read it first from YOU.

I want you all my dear readers to share your advices, insights in the comment below. This would serve as my tag. I would like you all to be a part of this.

Much Love! ❤️

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#GSlist

Happy Monday Lovelies!

Last day before we officially welcome the “ber” months, which excites me. This four remaining months of the year really brings joy to me aside from the fact that it includes my birth month which is October and my favorite holiday which is Christmas falls in these months. So anyways, here in the Philippines we had, what I believe the longest days of spending this holiday. I should say we have our pre, which is September, October and November wherein you got to see all the decorations and lights now being up in the streets, buildings, malls (not to mention by September you would now start hearing Christmas songs being played). The holiday proper in the month of December and the post which is January. As I mentioned in my 50 Things that made me Happy post this significant holiday brings bliss to my life. Correlated to this is the #GSlist tag which the beautiful M of the girl loves makeup nominated me. I’ve been googling what GS stands for, and all leads me to the Craiglist definition which is a dictionary of acronyms. I wasn’t able to ask M either. Upon further research, I believe #GSlist simply means hashtag Girl Shadow list whom originally the tag came from. Spreading this good vibes to this two fellow blogger and let’s all give them a follow.

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The rules are:

  1. Make a list of the 10 things that make your life happy;
  2. Tag your post with the hashtag: #GSlist;
  3. Use the #GSlist picture on your post;
  4. Nominate five (or more) blogs you want
10 Things that make me happy
  1. Daiso shopping.
  2. Sushi.
  3. Newfound restaurants, food.
  4. Christmas songs.
  5. Simbang Gabi ( a nine days Novena Mass)
  6. Puto Bumbong and Bibingka

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  1. Dancing Lights.
  2. Fireworks display.
  3. Shopping for Christmas gifts.
  4. Putting up the Christmas tree.

I made this mostly Christmas related because lately it’s always been on top of my head.:) For my nominations, I would like to welcome my five recent followers. Let’s all give them a warm following also.

Can’t wait to see your Happy list Lovelies!

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The Liebster Award

One day before another week starts again my Lovelies! So how is your weekend? As I’ve tweeted yesterday that “probably it’s my best day ever”..so many surprises had happened though some were anticipated I never expected that it’ll be granted. Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart. So let’s continue spreading the LOVE and HAPPINESS. Another thing that I’m happy about is finding the Liebster Award  by joceybeautyfiles. Actually, it’s for all of you Lovelies who deserves all the love and support that everyone is extending in this blogging family. Let’s all send this girl our gratitude back by stopping by her beautiful blog. First:

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer the questions you were given
  3. Nominate blogs that deserve the award
  4. Let the bloggers you nominated know
  5. Make 11 questions for your nominees to answer

The Questions

  1. Do you prefer coffee, tea or neither? I’m a coffee drinker before, but due to health reasons that I changed now to drinking tea.
  2. Do you have a celebrity style icon? Who? Hmmm, this is tough. Actually no favorites. If I random see a celebrity and likes what she’s wearing then I get the inspiration. Or sometimes I mix and match, a little from the web and a little from my mood.
  3. If you could dance in any style, what would it be? Rumba.
  4. What is the best advice anyone has ever given you? Chase your dreams.
  5. What is your proudest moment? Every time that I cooked something for my family and they loved it is worth winning any reality cooking show.
  6. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Salted Caramel

    The best Salted Caramel Ice Cream that I tasted.
    The best Salted Caramel Ice Cream that I tasted.
  7. What is your favorite pizza topping? Pepperoni
  8. What is your favorite article of clothing? Tailored Jeans boyfriend-jeans-1
  9. What is your favorite song at the moment? I’m currently having this LSS from our church. It’s in Latin.
  10. What color are your eyes? brown
  11. How tall are you? I’m standing 5’4″

My Questions

  1. What inspired you to put up a blog?
  2. Who would you want to play you in a movie?
  3. What’s on your no.1 makeup wish list?
  4. Favorite Makeup brand?
  5. Favorite product endorsed by a celebrity?
  6. What time do you usually do your blog?
  7. Link to the favorite post that you’ve done.
  8. What is your most priced makeup possession?
  9. Describe yourself in three words
  10. What is the last picture you took in your cellphone?
  11. Ever wanted for something that you didn’t have?

No particular nominees but I’ll be tweaking the rule (for the fun benefit of all) instead I oblige you who would like this post to do this. Now, I’m wondering the bold ones who will plunge in.:D Just enjoy and be all a darling. Hey, it’s Liebster anyways.

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50 Things that makes you happy

Finally! Weekend is here. Not that I’m complaining about how my week turned about but it’s that time that I got to spent with myself. Part of this supposed “ME” time would be a self introspection. I have to be one with myself first, seek my inner happiness and nothing could be so timely than to do this.

 I really had fun reading this from Karen of Confetti and Curves Katie of Plus+Beauty27Such wonderful people with a very positive personality. They’re such an inspiration. Since it’s a weekend, I want to sum up my week by being thankful for all the blessings, miracles (big and small 😉) and look back at the beauty that life had offered.

  1. Cold bed weather. I just love staying in bed, feeling the cold in the sheets.
  2. Storm. Don’t get me wrong here. Nobody wants a storm in their life. Only by the fact that I got to see my siblings in the house because work is suspended.image
  3. Holidays. With the same reason as above.
  4. Our dogs having new tricks. This never fails to make me smile. 😊
  5. Siblings bonding. We always have that time in a month that we go out and have good food.
  6. Good Food. I grew up in a family where cooking good food matters. I think it’s a family tradition from my Father’s side.
  7. Videoke days. A Filipino gathering/event wouldn’t be complete without it.
  8. Out of town trips. This is always present every summer.
  9. Having coffee with old friends. Catching up really is a wonderful feeling.
  10. Beaches. I always love that feeling of the sand touching my feet.
  11. Ice Cream on a cold weather.

    Photo from carmens.com
    Photo from carmens.com
  12. Ramen on a rainy day.

    Photo from foodspotting.com
    Photo from foodspotting.com
  13. Chocolate Cookies and Milk.
  14. A feel good movie.
  15. My dogs scent. I know some might find it disgusting but I just love that old rug smell.
  16. Pestering my dog Edward when his asleep. One of my past times.
  17. Taking Naps.
  18. Lipsticks
  19. Channel Chance. I just have to name it. It’s always a sniff of heaven for me.
  20. Seeing my favorite people on my reader.
  21. Good conversation.
  22. Chocolates.
  23. Baking
  24. A good soak in the tub.
  25. Finding cool pieces online.
  26. Finishing a good book. Actually it’s a mixed emotions. Feeling happy and sad at the same time.
  27. Creating a new recipe.
  28. Congratulating you for a job well-done.
  29. Watching the sun set by the bay.

    Photo from gerryruiz images.
    Photo from gerryruiz images.
  30. Ghost rides at the amusement park. I always laugh a lot seeing people so scared of nothing. Am I bad?
  31. Watching Running Man. People who have a good following of anything Korean knows how amusing this  is.
  32. So Ji Sub and Lee Min Ho. I could stand staring at them for the whole day without complaining. Writing this just sends me giggles already. image
  33. Anything Kawaii!
  34. Japan and Italy. The thought of being in this country someday just makes me happy.
  35. Pasta. This could be my staple.
  36. Castles. I know I should be including Denmark or any country that has Castles. Maybe I was a princess in my past life or a Queen.
  37. Good Shoes because it’ll take me to places.
  38. My admiration for anything Designer will always be there. Guess those wish list are always on a stand by just in case.
  39. Nail Polish. I tend to hoard.
  40. A cup of good hot chocolate on cold christmas mornings.
  41. Cinnamon. Automatically changes my mood into the merry month.
  42. Autumn leaves falling. Though we don’t have that, I find the solemnity of the colors of these leaves falling from the tree.
  43. Old Churches and Buildings.

    Photo from sanagustin.org
    Photo from sanagustin.org
  44. Weddings specially the brides.
  45. Doing something good for the elders because they always have that soft spot in my heart.
  46. Seeing my Mom happy.
  47. Shopping. Who wouldn’t want this very effective therapy.
  48. Having that sole moment in the house listening to good old music.
  49. Doing grocery shopping.
  50. Receiving unanticipated gifts.

I can’t believe that I still have plenty in mind. Everyone is  free to do this tag. I hope you’ll find your way on doing this because it’s such a fun and therapeutic way of remembering the things that had made you happy and that feeling while you are writing them. Also a simple way of reminding yourself how fortunate you are being surrounded with beautiful things. On that note, here’s wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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The Starlight Blogger Award

Hi All!

How did your weekends went? Me wants to start everything fresh and good! I just had a very fantastic read which I really can’t help but reblog. Me also want you guys to feel the good vibes coming. 😉 Thank you so much Lainey of Lainey Loves Life for sharing the inspiration. Everything seems so fitting, I’m just Happy. And with that note, Lainey is my Angel of Joy for this day. She welcomed my week with this award. I am anything but grateful for your nomination. Her blog is a good find, anything under the sun. Make ups, Food, DIY and Motherhood. She’s a soon to be mom and could I ask you guys a favor of dropping by her post and lets give her all the love we could give. Is that ok? 😉
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The Starlight Blogger Award

RULES:

  1. Show off your award by posting the picture of it.
  2. Thank the person who gave you the nomination.
  3. Answer the 3 questions given to you.
  4. Pass on the award to at least six of your fellow bloggers and let them know it.
  5. Give your nominees 3 questions to answer.
  • As my way of paying tribute to Lainey, I’ll carry over her additional rule which is
    Check out the other nominees! You might just gain new friends!

THE QUESTIONS:

  • What’s your most favorite hobby?

My favorite would be Baking or Cooking for my loved ones.

  • Where do you love to blog?

Should I say that I’m a busy person that I want to do it with anything handy which is my phone. So my eyes are cursing me right now for giving them a hard time.

  • If you do a joint project with any brand, what project would it be and with who?

It’ll be a dream project to do a collab with people who are of great influencer in your life. For being a frustrated chef, It’ll be Anthony Bourdain and Byron Tallbot. For blogging influence it’ll be a make up collab with Anne Clutz and Judy of It’s Judy’s 

MY NOMINEES:

I want to know more about these beautiful bloggers

Skindiary000

The Sassy Editor

M

Wendallandthebird

Jasmine

Zovesta

by these QUESTIONS:

  • Who are your greatest Influnce in life?
  • If there is something that you won’t hesitate giving up, what would that be?
  • Is there a dream that you didn’t give up trying until now?

Here’s looking forward.. Enjoy!