5 things that made me smile this week

Hello sweetpeeps!

So I’ve decided that this day (Saturday) will be a day of the week wherein I will be stating 5 good things that made me smile the past week. You may ask, why saturday? Well, I don’t know also. I just felt like it haha. Saturday here in UAE is the start of another week so this may be the perfect day to internalize what had happened the past week. Agree or disagree? If you have any suggestions on which day I should post this segment then let me know by commenting below!

So let me start this week with this. I hope this will make you smile too!

Happy pill #1  

Holiday off! I am working in a medical clinic so even if there’s holiday we don’t take day off. When you work on a holiday, it will be counted as an overtime but not for an overtime pay. You will be receiving 12 hours off in exchange of your overtime. But I did not took that chance to have that 4 hours excess. haha I just want to feel that two days straight without work. Just eat and sleep. It was aweeeeesome. Since I also don’t have school that day. I just slept the whole day and pig out in between.


Happy pill #2 

FOOD! On my day off, me and my brother took the chance to go out and eat at RICE OVERDOSE. It’s a Philippine Restaurant in Abu Dhabi. I think it is the only restaurant here in UAE offering “Isaw“, a famous filipino street food. They also offer Bibinka Halo halo and a lot more. Probably I’ll be writing a review of this restaurant ASAP.

Happy pill #3

This might be a little “why the hell did this make her smile?” bullet. I received a free nose piercing set from Blomdahl. Check their website they offer beautiful jewelries. Cool stuff! (I will be posting a little bit more about them as soon as I already tried the nose piercing.. that is IF I will try it).

Happy pill #4

Rahwie’s First Anniversary Party part 1. Boodle Fight. It has always been a tradition of the troop to have this boodle fight food party. I think we’ve already been doing this for five times and it’s always fun. Food plus Karaoke or Playing Jenga. Who wouldn’t smile if you’re in a food party with your favorite people.

What exactly is a boodle fight. It is a military style of eating wherein the food is served on a long table. Banana leaves will be used as a plate but in our case we just used a long plastic. Bare hards are used in eating. There’s no need for spoon and fork! Rice and Viands are scattered evenly on the leaves. It’s a fun way of eating with your friends and with your family!


Happy pill #5

Special USB. Every time we are having a get together, the camera of Rowie and Rahpy is always available for use, but we’re not hoping that the photos will be uploaded as soon as possible. haha I had a hint that she will do something like this. But I didn’t know that she will do it this time so I’m in a little bit of shock and excited. Each USB contains images arranged carefully by folders. Each folder for each event that occurred. It’s a very good gift idea in celebrating friendship!

So why smile? it is because …

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Whatever you wear, it will not be complete if you’re not wearing your brightest smile.

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5 things that made me smile this week

Not that much of a makeup Ft. Flormar && Why I have acne?

MY ACNE STORY

When I was in high school, I started to have small pimples on my forehead. I don’t actually call it pimples but maybe some sort of an allergy. It’s very irritating and it doesn’t look good. As a teenager, I got curious about what I’m seeing on commercials. So by then I started to try something which made it worse then I stopped after a few days. Luckily after some time the allergy was removed.

When I reached college, pimples started to grow on my cheeks. One by one, until one day I realized that aside from dark spots that I had from my previous pimples, I started to grew more pimples which I cannot count anymore. Then I tried using different products again. I even went for facial once a month for three consecutive months and I also use the products that they prescribed me to use. Then after some time, my pimples was reduced and my dark spots was lightened. But hey, I’m just a college student coming from a “May kaya” family. I cannot continue going for facial and use all of their products. So one by one I stop using what they asked me to put.

I’m still having pimples while I was working, but not as much as before. Actually, my acne was really reduced a lot. Maybe one pimple every month. It continue being like this until I go here in UAE and started working here. Then I don’t know the cause, my pimples started to grow again more and more each day until now. So basically that’s it. The story of my acne. Until now I’m still suffering with this huge problem.

Currently, I am working wherein I am obliged to meet people face to face. And that’s not good if they will see my face with too much pimples. But since there is acne, I don’t put that much make up on my skin to not irritate it that much. But I need to find a solution on how I can reduce the marks on my skin.

FLORMAR HAUL

With a huge question mark on my face and with a lot of curiosity, I entered a make up shop called Flormar. Then a saleslady suggested me foundations, press powder, concealer and such. I promised myself I will not put on make up until I removed all my acne. I told them that, so they gave me BB Cream.

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Item # 1: 7+ White BB Cream

I am afraid to use this one as well. Even if it’s just a BB Cream, still it’s a type of make up meaning it still contains chemicals which might irritate my skin. But after a week of using it, I noticed no changes with my skin which is a good sign because usually if I’m using new products, I breakout after a day or two.

As the name itself says, it is a 7 in one product. It has a SPF 30 UV Protection, it also hydrates, smoothens, and luminate the skin, it corrects the skin color and also, it conceals those dark spots. Which is exactly what I need. I’ve been using this for half a year now and I can say it’s my favorite.

It’s lightweight and it easily blends well with my skin. It also gives you that matte finish thought it may be a little creamy at first. You must blend it well throughout your skin. It has SPF 30 also which is definitely what I need for my dark spots!

What I don’t like about it is the smell. It doesn’t have that pleasant smell that usually comes with creams. But it’s tolerable. Also, there are only three shades of the product so there are only few choices to choose from to which will suit your skin.

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Item #2: Flormar Watermelon Balm

I always have choppy lips so never will I forget to use lip balm on my lips. Not for color but for Sun Protection and to remove the choppiness of my lips. I avoid using dark colored lipstick because again, my acne. I feel that my pimple’s redness becomes more lucid because of the color of my lips. I usually only use Nivea Lip Balm for my lips but there’s nothing wrong with using something new. Then they gave me this lip balm. I love it! It’s doesn’t leave that greasy feeling on the lips. Plus, it is tinted but not that lucid so it’s fine.

I’m not that sure how many shades they have. But at the store where I came has only three shades, or might as well I say flavor, to offer. The one that I have is watermelon which has a pinkish red color. There is also one dark shade which is the black mulberry. and the light one the apple balm. You can really smell the flavor.

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Item # 3: Flormar x10 Lengthening Sculpting Mascara

Not the best that I’ve used so far. But the plus point with this item is that the ingredients consists of Olive Oil which is good for your lashes. It leaves you that voluminous and longer lashes which is what i’m searching for when it comes to mascara. Two thumbs up for this item but still im consistent with the fact that it’s not the best mascara that i’ve tried.


I spent a total of 110 AED all in all. Not bad for these three products! 😍 I will rate all in a total of 8.5/10 

Not that much of a makeup Ft. Flormar && Why I have acne?

I am Nominated! — Versatile Blogger Award

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Rules:

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Write a post to show your award.

Share 7 facts about yourself.

Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

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Hello hello hello guys!

So a year had passed since I believe I first decided to do blogging and it’s a fun journey up until now. Although I did not gain that much of readers, still I’m happy because there are few people who reads and appreciates my blog posts.

On top of everything else, I would like to give my deepest gratitude to The Blogging Brunette for nominating me for the “Versatile Blogger Award”. Go and check her out!! She’s amazing. To be honest, I’m still a novice at this world of blogging so just a simple feedback from my readers and co-bloggers keep the life of my blog alive. I’m also very thankful for that.

So what is this award all about

Versatile Blogger Award — It is an award given by a blogger to another blogger which is new in the world of blogging to help them gain confidence and push them to do a good job on what they’re doing. It is also designed to help other bloggers be discovered.

I highly accept this award, but not without following the rules. So here it goes:

7 FACTS ABOUT ME

  • Fact #1 I’m 22 years old Filipina currently residing in UAE most specifically in Abu Dhabi. I believe that’s three facts on one bullet haha Just kidding. I wouldn’t be selfish this time. But yeah, I was 21 when I decided to go UAE to be with my mom and work as an OFW. That was a fast ride but believe me I didn’t thought about it for only one night.
  • Fact #2 My first love will always be art, the next one is music. They say, “First love never dies” but so as the saying “First loves doesn’t usually end up being together” haha  But you know what I believe in? Art will always be in my heart and my hands can still do it after some time of not practicing. That’s what love is. Sounds funny but seriously, I’m serious. The next one is music. Actually right now I’m currently with music. Which leads you to…
  • Fact #3  On my weekends I usually lock myself inside my room and make covers of beautiful songs. I have this dream of becoming a famous singer. I have this YouTube channel where I upload covers you can check it out if you want.
  • Fact #4 I HATE ENGLISH SUBJECT. That’s a hundred percent fact. When I was at school, when I said I was at school I meant my entire 16 years at school, I never loved this subject more that I love mathematics. I think it’s true that you can never love both.
  • Fact #5 Don’t invite me to go in an amusement park without being ready to go crazy on riding all extreme rides. I don’t go amusement parks that often so if ever I’m invited to go to one I will be really excited. I always make sure that I can be able to ride at all the extreme rides because I believe that’s what the place are for. I don’t want to regret anything after.
  • Fact #6 I love online games. Whether games at phone or PC. Currently, there are some mobile games that I am addicted to. Mobile Legends, Sims City, and my all time whenever-im-not-doing-anything-and-i-dont-have-internet-game favorite, Diner Dash. haha After once in a while I stop playing one and try to search for a new game after another and after another. I don’t know why. I’m a gamer. And that’s a fact.
  • Fact #7  This comes to all of my readers and co-bloggers. Every morning when I get up I always check my notifs. Every time I got a DING from wordpress I get really excited. I think it tickles me whenever I receive comments and stars on my contents. So don’t ever hesitate to give me a DING.  I will be very happy.

15 Bloggers I will nominate in this award

Make sure to check’em out yow!

Olive & Clo

Olita

LaurenEllen

Chloe Resente

EmilyxOnline

TheLovesBlog

simpleula

Meg Kem Magic

The Blogging Brunette

High Chic Blog

Pretty Little Buyers

Teti’s Cakes

Wish to Dish

Camille Tries To Blog

Recipes by Chef Kreso

I hope this doesn’t get you bored. haha! I thought it would’t be this challenging though. catch up with you next time!

 

xxx Shary o~

 

 

 

I am Nominated! — Versatile Blogger Award

Monday thoughts No.3: Beautiful from head to toe

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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” — a famous Idiom which sounds simple but very meaningful.

Most of us, not only girls, often stare at the mirror and ask ourselves “Do I look beautiful?” “Do I look nice?” “Will my friends like my outfit?” ” Why does my face look big/small/black?” ” Why am I fat/so skinny?” “Why do I look ugly?” “Why do I have pimples?” and so on. Admit it or not, I know you ask yourself some of these questions maybe not all the time but some days of your whole existence. Well, I want you to know that you’re not alone. I’m here and a lot of girls, a lot of people, too asking the same questions over and over again.

But come to think about it, if one day you try to make yourself look nice by putting make up on, or dress in a different way there will always be that somebody who will not like it. For example one of your friends always compliments you and saying you’re beautiful even if you don’t put make up then suddenly you started putting some on. Maybe she will not like it.

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This picture of a same girl with different style of make up on. All looks fine but to tell you the truth I can tell you what I think the most beautiful one to the least and my opinion might be different from yours.

People have different opinions as to what is attractive or not. You may look beautiful to others but may not look appealing to another. So what is the purpose on trying so hard to make yourself look beautiful? If the reason is just because you want to make others compliment you and praise you, frankly speaking, you’re just wasting your time.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not telling you to stop putting on make up or stop dressing yourself nicely. What I’m trying to convey is not to put too much effort on just trying to impress other people.

I’ll give you my personal rules of how to feel beautiful and how to be one.

Rule no. 1 DO NOT DRESS TO IMPRESS

Whether going to a party or just a simple gathering, it is not impossible that you want to show off. I can’t blame you with that. Sometimes I also feel the same way. But there is something I want you to understand. Dressing to impress will not make you completely happy. Why? because you are only doing it for other people. There comes the next rule.

 

Rule no. 2 DRESS FOR YOURSELF

As what I have stated in rule no. 1, you must keep in mind that you are not trying to be beautiful just to make other people be “WOWed” by your appearance. I believe I already said this before. If you read my old post, then this post will be just a reminder of that. Make yourself look presentable and neat so that others may respect you without letting go of being fashionable. Under this rule Iwill give some things that may benefit you if you keep in mind to dress for yourself.

  • to gain respect
  • to gain confidence
  • to feel comfortable ( which leads you to the third rule)

Rule no. 3 BEING COMFORTABLE OVER BEING FASHIONABLE

Being fashionable isn’t all about wearing what is trending or what is on style. You must never forget that you are supposed to be wearing what is comfortable for you. You will not dress up for just a 10 minute event, maybe you will, but not most of the time. You are wearing what you choose for maybe an hour or more so you must wear the clothes that you’ll never regret wearing after some time.

Rule no. 4 LESS IS MORE

This is my personal rule that you might want to apply too. Less color, less accessories, less make up, less of everything (but not of cloth haha) looks more appealing for me. But sometimes there are some styles that looks much better with more accessories on or with more skin like the boho style.

Rule no. 5 LOVE YOURSELF.

This rule is simple. Love yourself then all the rules will be easy afterwards. If you love yourself then you know how to dress up and you already know the reason why you want to look beautiful and presentable.

Rule no. 7 BE YOU

Nothings beats your personal taste of clothes. What you think is beautiful might really be beautiful. If you think it doesn’t look good then don’t wear it. If some accessories you wore doesn’t feel right then remove it. Trust your instinct.

The one very important key point of this context that I want you guys to remember is that, “Whatever you wear there will always be that somebody who will love it and compliment you, and that somebody who will not like it and say bad things about you. So don’t force yourself to wear what you think other people will like. Just trust yourself. Wear what you feel is right. And also, don’t forget to smile and always be confident.

 

Monday thoughts No.3: Beautiful from head to toe

Monday thoughts No. 1: Who she wants to be after 5 years?

 

As soon as we reached the age where the word “Teen” is not present anymore, we tend to question ourselves who we want to be after 5 years, after 10 years, or so. When I was 20 and soon to graduate college, I started to think of who I really want to be in the future. Honestly, I have a lot of dreams. I want to accomplish too much things that sometimes it’s too frustrating not knowing how I should start.

First, I want to become a CPA (Certified Public Accountant). Entering college was a bit hard for me. Same as what I am currently experiencing right now, I was unsure of a lot of things. What course should I take? Which school should I go to? Should I choose what I want or what I need? These were some sample questions that I asked myself before. I ended up choosing the course that I needed and the school that was right for me. Both was actually what my parents wants. I believe in their decision so I think it’s fine. I was planning to choose Multimedia arts or Conservatory of music. I’d rather choose arts and music if you’d ask me. But I chose what my parents thought was better for me. I started to like my course anyway. I think it’s fun and challenging. What I hate about it is that I need to focus on it and honestly speaking, I lack focus.

I want to be a singer/ musician. It has always been my dream ever since I was a kid. I love singing so much that even when I was in college I used to record songs and post it online hoping somebody would see it. Then I started to make it just my past time. If i’m not doing anything I would be holding a guitar and sing inside my room. To be honest I still record covers of songs and post it online. You can click here if you want to check my channel. Anyway, I always admire those performers that I’ve been watching online. Every time they perform on stage I’m wondering how happy could they be to do the thing that they love the most. I wish I could do the same thing.

The next one is to be a blogger. I already stated the reasons why I want to be one. If you haven’t read my post you can click here

As soon as I earned enough money, I will start my own business. I don’t want to live as an employee forever. Having to make this business successful means that everything will come in place afterwards. My parents can have the time of their life. We can visit different places and just enjoy without any worries. That would be fun right?

Big dreams, but achievable. 

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Monday thoughts No. 1: Who she wants to be after 5 years?

Mama Fu’s Asian House

It has been a very long time since I’ve eaten something Asian aside from Filipino dishes that was being cooked at home. That is why I’m really excited to eat at Mama Fu’s. They offer Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, and Vietnamese dishes all in one place. Who wouldn’t crave for it? Think about the flavors. Literally mouth  watering.

PLACE

I wasn’t able to take picture of the place because there were so many local customers which were enjoying their food.

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The ceiling and the floor are both dimmed colors which complements well with the colors of the walls and the chairs which are green and orange. There were paintings hanging neatly on the wall.

FOOD

The menu was properly organized. The amount of the dishes varies on what kind of meat was ordered whether you ordered it together with rice or noodles.

  • Veggies – 35 AED
  • Chicken – 45 AED
  • Beef – 50 AED
  • Shrimp – 50 AED

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  1. Fresh basil spring roll (Appetizer)

Spring rolls are really famous in an Asian menu. According to one article that I read, famous chefs in Asia classified Vietnamese Spring rolls as the best among other countries offering it like China, Philippines, Taiwan and Indonesia.

As the name states this spring roll was not fried. Fresh basil, mint, beans sprouts, and vegetables mixed all together with cold rice then wrapped with cellophane noodles. I think it also has peanuts inside which makes the taste a little different from what I am usually eating in the Philippines. I don’t like peanuts that much though. The dip also has peanuts which makes it a little buttery so instead of dipping mine with it, I dipped it with chili dip.

The appetizer was served immediately after we ordered. It took only 5 minutes for it to arrive served with the drinks too.

2. Lemon Sriracha Stir Fry Chicken

Asian tummies wouldn’t be full without any rice. There’s no doubt to that. This next was the best among the dishes that we’ve ordered. It it chicken stirred with Lemon sriracha sauce** mixed with vegetables.

**Fast fact! Sriracha Sauce was originated in Thailand. It is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt.

I think the vegetables were half cooked. The broccoli, and the carrots were crunchy. You can tell that the peas was half cooked. It taste a little sweet. Healthy living at its finest.

3. Thai Cashew stir fry Chicken (or Beef)

It has the same ingredients as the Lemon Sriracha Stir fry Chicken but this one was served with toasted cashews. Also, instead of using Lemon Sriracha sauce, they put garlic soy sauce. The cashew complements well with the salty sauce. Not that good though, but it’s nice.


4. Sichuan Kung Pao Beef

HOT AND SPICY! This dish has celery, bell peppers, onions, chili peppers, peanuts and chestnuts tossed with a really spicy Kung pao** sauce.

**fast fact “Kung Pao Chicken (Chinese: 宫保鸡丁), also transcribed as Gong Bao or Kung Po, is a spicy stir-fry dish made with chicken, peanuts, vegetables, and chili peppers. The classic dish in Sichuan cuisine originated in the Sichuan Province of south-western China and includes Sichuan peppercorns. Although the dish is found throughout China, there are regional variations that are typically less spicy than the Sichuan serving. Kung Pao chicken is also a staple of westernized Chinese cuisine.” — wikipedia

The beef was tender when the dish was freshly served and also it’s easy to bite but as soon as it became colder it also became harder to chew. All I can say is that I love this (because I love spicy dish). Really tasty and too much serving enough for two rice. haha

RATING!

Place & ambiance – 3.5/5

Staff – 3/5 (I’ve only seen the waitress smile a few times on our stay at the restaurant. Nobody asks us if we need anything or no unlike other restaurants that I’ve visited before. Also there was one time when we asked for a refill of our drink but they just took the glass and took a lifetime to bring the refilled glass.)

Food – 3/5 (I love it. I’m asian. haha)

xxx~

 

 

 

Mama Fu’s Asian House

Why not?

Being a blogger is not supposed to be that complicated. All you need to do is to continue living your life like you usually do with some additional twist of fun activities, beautiful scenery, and of course, a fashionable outfit! Everything will be blog-worthy as long as you think it may benefit your readers as you take their time in reading your post. For sure there will always be someone who will be interested in reading your stories. This may inspire or help somebody without you realizing it. That is the beauty of blogging and maybe that is the reason why I started one.

Almost a year ago, I decided to start my own blog but I wasn’t able to write anything. Four months ago, I wrote my very first food and restaurant review. And now, I decided to upgrade my blog into a Lifestyle blog wherein you can be able to join me in my journey through life and fashion (and food)! Why a sudden change? Well, WHY NOT?
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My closet mainly consists of only sweatshirts, long sleeve polo, and jeans. It is very rare for me to wear sleeveless tops or styled blouses which makes this outfit a little out of my league. Not because I’m not wearing one since before but just because I’m in a Muslim country which makes me feel uneasy whenever I’m wearing a little revealing clothes. My colleagues started to ask me why I’m always wearing polo and sweatshirts. They also started to ask me my religion haha!

This is the other reason why I started blogging. To document my way through finding my style. 3a8ea360-1cc0-44fd-8ca6-db60d4b098f6

Stressed Jeans from Forever 21

Top from Sea Star Garments

Why not?