Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Long Distance Relationship

While driving to work this morning, I suddenly thought of the relationship between speed, distance and time--contemplating about how we sometimes describe distance as how fast we could get to our desired destination. It's easier for our sentimental and always longing self to accept distance as 17 hours away than 7 thousand miles away. If you are in a long distance relationship, the concept of distance tires us because its measurement seems unfathomable so we'd rather describe it in terms that has shorter limits like time in a day. In our mind when we say 17 hours away, we know that in less than day, we will be with the one we love.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Argan Oil Shampoo for Stronger Hair


I posted a few weeks ago about how tea tree oil shampoo helped me get rid of dandruff. I also mentioned that I have falling hair due to stress and all other stuff that makes the hair and scalp weak. Maple Holistics graciously sent me a bottle of Argan Oil shampoo to try, which I did. 

Argan oil has been used since the 600 B.C. and it has been proven to help make the scalp and hair strong. The oil from the argan fruit is rich in vitamins A, C, and E and is proven to contain linoleic acid, antioxidants and omega-6 fatty acids--all of which are essential for hair growth. Like tea tree oil, argan oil is also good in eliminating dandruff. While I stopped using tea tree oil shampoo, argan oil shampoo didn't disappoint. I don't wonder anymore why the Phoenicians have long, luscious hairs.

What I like about Maple Holistics' products is that they don't leave strong chemical scent on my hair--it just smells all natural.

If you want to sample some of their products, you can just visit this link and they will graciously send you samples. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Shampoo for Hair Fall and Dandruff


I have the typical Asian hair--long and black--and like other women, regardless of race, I also have problems with hair fall and dandruff. I am picky when it comes to hair products and styling my hair, in fact, I have never used a dye. My hair fall problem and dandruff began in my late 20's, probably because of the amount of stress I always have to face at work and I have oily scalp. I have tried various products that promise to get rid of my problems, in fact, I have been loyal to this famous shampoo brand for years but it still doesn't give me the results I need.

I finally stumbled upon a Tea Tree Shampoo by Maple Holistics. It's main ingredient is organic tea tree oil that is known to cure acne and various fungal infections. It also has antiseptic properties and may be used on cuts, abrasions, burns, insect bites and boils among others. Other than its therapeutic properties, it also has cosmetic benefits like promoting hair growth by creating a protective layer on the hair, hence, preventing hair loss.

The first time I tried the shampoo, I already noticed that my hair is fuller and softer. After the third time and until now, there's less hair fall and my dandruff and accompanying itchiness are gone. I like wearing black and dark colored tops so getting rid of dandruff within a week of using the shampoo made me more confident.  I couldn't be any happier!

I'd definitely recommend this shampoo to anyone who has the same hair and scalp problems as mine.  To order, simply go to their website mapleholistics.com or you can order at Amazon or you can sign up here for free product samples.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Random Clicks: Horseshoe Bend


I am so blessed to be able to see the magnificence of the Horseshoe Bend in Arizona. I took this photo using an iPhone 8. This is the kind of things that I love to do--nature and photography. The 1-mile hike was definitely worth it.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Movie Review: Kita Kita (I See You)


They say "Love is blind", while others say "the lovers are". Whichever you believe in, one thing is for sure, love comes in the most unexpected way. Kita Kita (I See You) is not the typical romantic comedy film you see regularly in theaters. Lea (Alessandra de Rossi) and Tonyo (Empoy Marquez) are the main characters of the movie--they are the most unconventional pair but I was surprised by their chemistry. Their acting was so unbelievable that they made me believe everything is real. 

I laughed and cried. It made me think. It made me see what the eyes can't.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Random Clicks: Caramoan, Camarines Sur

The beachfront of the inn where we stayed overlooking the cluster of islands with magnificent rock formations.

Caramoan is a relatively unexplored gem of Camarines Sur in the Bicol Region. If you are from Manila, you will have to endure at least 15 hours of land travel or at least 4 hours via Legazpi City in Albay if you will travel by plane. The long and winding road and frequent poor cellphone signal will get you bored so I suggest you bring something to keep you busy or might as well sleep and sacrifice seeing the breathtaking scenery along the way.

We left the house before midnight on May 10 and arrived in Caramoan at around 4 in the afternoon the following day only with two brief stopovers for breakfast and toilet break.

We were supposed to go to Gota Resort but unfortunately, it was under exclusive use of the Survivor cast and crew. We ended up in a more public venue wherein inns and hostels occupy the beach front. Anyone can swim on the beach but you can't be satisfied with just that because you can see the beautiful islands and rock formations from afar.

This small island with a sandbar, cottages and store is where we had brunch. It is around 45 minutes away from the inn.

It is important to haggle for an island hopping tour and to negotiate only to the one who owns the boat because our experience was we talked to a middle man; and agreed on the price and number of islands to visit only to be asked a different price on the day of the island hopping. Having experiences in other tourist destinations, it is unfortunate that we had that kind of ordeal. Since we really wanted to see the islands and we understand that they are not yet keen on handling tours, we met halfway and proceeded with the tour.


There are restaurants in Caramoan, not posh ones, that offer a variety of dishes. We ordered tapsilog, drinks and bread the night before as our breakfast for our island hopping day. We left at around 7 in the morning and reached the first island after 45 minutes. It has cottages and stores wherein fresh seafood can be bought and cooked. You will be charged 100 pesos for a cottage that is good for 10. The white sand and crystal clear water is so inviting. We stayed for only 2 hours because we might not see the huge sandbar in our next destination.


Next stop is the sandbar and floating cottages. For 100 pesos, you can stay and eat at the floating cottages for as long as you want. It is best that you wait here while the tide recedes for the sandbar to appear just a few meters away. 


If you did not bring enough food, there are floating stores that sell fresh seafood that they will cook to fresh coconut juice to halo-halo. Of course, expect to pay a higher price.


This is how fine and white the sand is in the sandbar just a few minutes walk away from the floating cottages.


You can swim, walk  or paddle a kayak to reach the sandbar. Going here is one of the highlights of the trip because it is the first time I have seen a sandbar that huge.





These are closed areas for tourists because of on-going shoot for the reality game show Survivor. The production rented a couple of islands for 3 months. We were lucky to get a little closer to the islands to take photos of the beach. I suggest you call first the resort to check for the availability of more popular islands before you go to Caramoan.

Overall, the experience was tiring but exciting since it was my first time to go there. If I would compare its tourism strategy to other tourist destinations I have been to, Caramoan still has a lot of areas to improve. Nonetheless, I would be glad to visit again.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Holy Week Reflection: Forgiveness and Moving On

I had a blog post two years about forgiveness. I honestly have forgotten about it and that maybe it was  Divine providence that I was able to read it again a few weeks ago and for me to contemplate about what happened since that post. A few days after re-reading it, my son's dad called asking if he could spend a day or two with him. I said yes because I want my son to feel that he has a father despite everything. While waiting for my son to come home from school, we had a little chat. It was awkward at first but our conversation went well. After almost ten years of separating, I finally heard him say sorry. He didn't elaborate but I knew in my heart what he was talking about. I just gave him a nod to confirm that he's forgiven. When that moment happened, it felt like a heavy yoke was lifted from my shoulders and I knew at that point, we have both moved on.

I now fully believe that healing comes in time. If you allow yourself to be fully healed by that hurt, you must first accept that you yourself made a mistake, understand that it happened for a reason, forgive yourself and then forgive the person who did wrong to you. You can never move on if you keep on holding grudges and pain from the past. And above it all, pray.

Prayers are answered not in our time, but in His perfect time.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. - Ephesians 4:31-32


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