April 29, 2013

Letter challenge: your parents


Dear Ma & Pa,

I am inspired by the love you have with each other. I hope someday I am going to be with a man who's willing to share everything in good times and bad times. Just like you. I can't say anything else, but I miss you everyday. I just wish you are still alive to guide me through, but even if you are gone by sight, you will always be in my heart. I know you will always be there for me. You're the only strength I got to live this life. Thank you for raising us well. I love you more than anything else.

Your little daughter,

April 27, 2013

Truffle Kremes by Krispy Kreme

Truffle Kremes are the newest products from Krispy Kreme. These little cakes are stuffed with melted dark or white chocolate especially made for chocoholics. There are six variants to enjoy, namely: Chocolate Chocolate Caramel, Chocolate Chocolate Kreme, Chocolate Chocolate Mocha, Vanilla Strawberry Kreme, Vanilla Chocolate Mocha, and Vanilla Chocolate Caramel. 

Chocolate Chocolate Caramel, Vanilla Strawberry Kreme and Chocolate Chocolate Mocha
I love chocolate more than anything else especially if it is a dark chocolate. So my favorites from the box I got are Chocolate Chocolate Caramel and Chocolate Chocolate Mocha. The texture of the cakes are perfect for me because it is not gooey at all rather firm. And the savory flavors are there to last inside your mouth.

Take a break from work/school and indulge to some goodness or buy something for your sister, mom, girlfriend, or anyone special. Try out these luscious Truffle Kremes for P150 only. It is packed with a gorgeous box making it look more luxurious. Also, these are freshly baked everyday just for you. 

Get your Truffle Kremes now at Krispy Kreme outlets near you!
If you're in Davao, go to SM Davao (Ecoland) & SM Lanang.

April 23, 2013

IMAX, SM Lanang Cinema: Iron Man 3!

As the country's exclusive film distributor of IMAX, SM Cinema brings you Marvel's Iron Man 3! With the advanced technology that IMAX delivers, moviegoers will definitely enjoy being part of the film. What's more great about this is that moviegoers will experience breathtaking visual ventures with crystal-clear quality of images. Aside from this innovative visual technology, IMAX also delivers you a digital surround sound system which is designed for an ultimate sound clarity that even a drop of a needle could be heard, as reported during the press conference held at Krispy Kreme, SM Lanang. Lastly, SM's IMAX theatres are designed for a comfortable and obstacle-free view. Overall, IMAX and SM Cinema guarantee that you will enjoy your adventure with the movie! 

Nadia Shami (Asst. Marketing Manager, Krispy Kreme), Noelle Marie Martin (Asst. Theater Manager) and Lloyd Ceballos (Asst. Theater Manager - Imax)IMAX, SM Lanang Cinema: Iron Man 3 press conference held at Krispy Kreme (G/F, SM Lanang)

SM Lanang will have a Midnight Screening of Iron Man 3 at the IMAX on April 24, 2013. The movie will start at 12:05 midnight. SM Lanang gates will open at 11:30 pm (April 23, 2013). All entrances and car park are open. SnackTime of SM Cinema offers Iron Man fanatics a great promo: just buy DVD copies of Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and you will get a free cheese dog for 225 Pesos only!

I am sure most of you are excited to watch Iron Man 3! With IMAX, you will definitely enjoy so much more now that this outstanding technology makes you part of the film. Here is the plot synopsis of Iron Man 3: 

"Set after the events that occurred in The Avengers, Tony Stark faces a powerful enemy, The Mandarin. Left only to rely on his instincts, he must embark on a harrowing quest to find those responsible for destroying his personal life. Along the way, he discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: "Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?""

It's a must-see movie definitely. Get your tickets for Iron Man 3 at SM Lanang Cinema. "A ticket to a movie or a ticket to somewhere else entirely." Awesome~

April 20, 2013

Life gets risky at some point but I hope you hold on

At one point in my life, I became a drama queen. There were nights when I just cry buckets of tears without any specific reason at all. I cry because life in general gets so complicated that I couldn't find a way where to go. It seems like everything just shut down, leaving me hopeless. The only thing that makes me calm is the thought of buying myself cupcakes after a good cry. It helped. Somehow. It went on and on until I realized that maybe it's time to change how I see things. I forced myself and took the risk. At first, I was afraid of taking the risk. What if it's all wrong? Surprisingly, I gathered everything I have and I feel stronger and somehow stable. It feels good. Having to stand for yourself does you good. Plus, it makes you feel good. It's good to know your worth. And surely you are worthy of all the good things and a little of bad things, too. Because life is a share of good and bad. It depends on how you see and react to things. Life isn't going to get any easier as you grow older. It gets risky at some point. But we should hold on to ourselves because life also gets fruitful as it grows older. Be strong, keep the faith burning, and hope always.

April 17, 2013

Art for Earth -- an art exhibit

ART FOR EARTH is an exhibit of Filipino artists held at Abreeza Mall, Davao City, Philippines. It's been a while since I have been to art exhibits. So when I heard about this, I promised myself not to miss it. Looking at those art pieces of different mediums, I stared at them for a while having a private moment with each of my favorites. It's my dream to become an artist and to create something beautiful for the world to see. I loved how I wasted my time looking through these pieces and just appreciate how lovely they are! I would love to have these (or any nature-inspired pieces) in my future home someday. :)

My favorites are shown in the collage shown above:

1. "Children of Earth" by Jun Cayas. (He was my Introduction to Arts Appreciation professor at Ateneo de Davao University 5 years ago)
2. "Antaytelo" by Victor Augustus Dumaguing
3. "Salhig Tundo" by Victor Augustus Dumaguing
4. "A Shade of Green #2" by Jeff Bangot
5. "The 3 Elements" by Nina Custodio
6. "A Shade of Green #1" by Jeff Bangot
7. "Fish Be With You" by Victor Augustus Dumaguing
8. "Gratitude" by Victor Augustus Dumaguing
9. "The Earthist: Psalm 30" by Marion Descallar

Each of these pieces speak about Mother Earth. "She provides all the things needed by her inhabitants. In return, every inhabitants co-existing with each other has roles to play as they continue with their ways of life - a beautiful shared relation." -- Jun Cayas

In the Art for Earth exhibit, Filipino artists in Davao region has successfully showcased their masterpieces for Mother Earth and its inhabitants. Their works have addressed the need to love and take full care of the environment. Let us appreciate and keep on appreciating the beauty of what Mother Earth has given to us. It is important to play our role every day and give something back to nature.

April 14, 2013

Another Sad (kind of) Sunday

Sometimes, even when I say to myself to always blow away the dark clouds that are slowly forming under my sanctuary, a beautiful scenery of greens and different colors of blooms, I let it be and pour some rain on me. Even when these people aren't supposed to be entertained because you are more than them and no matter how many times they give you depressing feelings that you've been ignoring, you give in because you are weak.

I don't know why these people love making emotional pain to everyone all over the world. I don't know why they like seeing people sad, weak and vulnerable. I do know one fact though. I know for sure that they are insecure because they were never happy. Perhaps they don't know how to appreciate other things. Perhaps they haven't been truly happy all their life. Perhaps they don't know how easy it is to give true love without asking anything in return. Perhaps they were beaten and wasn't able to move on because they choose not to. Perhaps they want to be a god, who can control everything, and get praised by every single thing they do. And perhaps they don't know how to be human.

 But no matter how powerful they are, they will never win.

April 12, 2013

Blog Challenge: Your highs and lows of this past year

Action Sampler loaded with 35 mm redscale film

A year ago was too long ago to remember each of the highs and lows. But definitely not too long ago to remember the feel of those smiles and frowns. A year ago, I was fine. The girl who still has the same dreams as now but for sure has achieved some of her dreams from years ago. It seems to me that, whenever I look back, all those smiles and frowns meant something for something that could be happening now or tomorrow, or a day after tomorrow. There were detours, right decisions and bad decisions as well. There were satisfying and breaking moments as well. There was always a share of good and bad. Yin and Yang.

April 10, 2013

How to take care of your dry eyes?

Last February, I visited the Ophthalmology clinic in Davao Medical Center to have my left eye checked. I've been wearing eye glasses since high school and I have astigmatism but my complaint was this tiny black spot lying on the upper part of my eye. It's not visible except when I raise my lid. It's slowly forming a stye and I want to prevent it from fully forming because I have a project defense to make in the next few weeks. Also because it was itchy. It was totally a hassle!

My sister, who is a nurse, told me it could be because of stress. I admit I am stressed out during those days but I always keep on thinking about other possibilities. Maybe I have diabetes? Glaucoma? Other dangerous disease?  I am a warrior (kind of) in some aspects of life but when I stumble upon health issues, I'm a worrier. I cried every night because I always thought I have an unknown disease!

My eyes were examined and the doctor told me I have dry eyes. And the black spot? It is insignificant. As long as it isn't growing (thank God, it is not!) then it is okay and could be because of stress. So I was given four simple instructions on how to take care of my dry eyes.

How to take care of your dry eyes?

1. Wash your face. Pat it dry. Take a clean hand towel and soak it in a warm water. Put the warm hand towel slowly on your closed eyes for 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Take a baby shampoo and pour a little on a cotton bud. Close your eyes. Slowly and gently rub the cotton bud on your lid. Use the other tip of the cotton bud for the other eye lid. Wash your face.
3. Put a little amount of Erythromycin ointment on your finger tip. Tilt your head backwards. Carefully apply ointment on your lid. Close your eyes for 1 minute. Repeat for the other lid. Your vision will be slightly blurry so you must rest for a while.
4. After 5 to 10 minutes, apply Peg 400 eye drops on both eyes.

Do these steps 3 times a day.

Do not touch the tips of the containers so it won't be contaminated. Do not apply the ointment when you're in a hurry. Do not follow steps 3 and 4 unless your eye doctor told you to do so. 

After 3 days, the stye was gone but the doctor told me to continue doing these steps for about 4 weeks. I admit it was such a hassle to do such a long procedure three times a day but it was worth it. The stye didn't form fully and my eyes are okay. My eye doctor told me that as long as the black spot isn't getting bigger, then it is okay.

Nowadays, I still follow the first two steps when I have time. It is important to take care of our eyes and other parts of the body. If you have dry eyes, you may want to follow the first two steps as well or better yet visit an eye doctor to check your eye condition. Take care!

April 8, 2013

Have some tea.

How about a cup of tea before bedtime? 

Things have been difficult lately but at the end of the day I always make sure to relax my mind and drink a cup of tea. The bipolar weather worries me a lot. April is the hottest month yet. Although, from where I am, we experience rain sometimes but then it always pour for about a little while and then it gets hot again. I can still remember how April was last year -- scorching hot! I guess it's still the same for this year except that I keep changing clothes because the heat makes me sweat a lot! Crazy.

Anyway, I've been dealing with different things this summer but sadly, I have no plans about going to the beach. I always plan for summer getaways every year but now I'd rather stay in and be a hermit for some days (and then eventually months). I enjoy making crafts now in my little studio (aka messy bedroom). Also, I've been doing a lot of cooking and reading and cleaning and gardening and some other indoor things like watching my favorite T.V. shows. 

I wonder when will I crave for outdoor adventures again? Soon.

My favorite part of the day for this month is early morning. It's when the sun is shining brightly and the cold sea breeze is feeling my skin while having coffee, tsokolate or tea. I love seeing the neighborhood eventually getting livelier as the morning pass by. Life is good.

April 3, 2013

Durian Fruit


One of my favorite fruits is Durian. Its shell has sharp spikes and has an irregular circular shape. Once you crack it open, its smell stays inside your nose. Most people say it smells like rotten onions (or other bad rotten stuff) but it smells heavenly to me as well as how it tastes. Honestly, I don't understand why people hate this fruit. I can eat this all day long.

Actually, I eat this in moderation. Two servings of durian will make your body warm and make you feel drunk (haha!). It's different for other people but for me two to three servings are enough. I remember when I was younger, I finished more than 7 servings without feeling anything. Now that I am older, I am conscious about my eating habits. 

Just like other fruits, durian has benefits as well. I have heard that it can cure dengue fever. They said it can do wonders in the platelet count of the patient. Aside from that, among other health benefits, it has vitamin C and definitely has lots of fiber.

For other people who wouldn't want to eat fresh durian fruit, they can try other delicacies made out of durian. There are durian candies and milkshakes available in the markets as well. Always remember to eat in moderation. :)
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