Monday thoughts #3 : What he meant when he said it

“I don’t want Music to be my job” I will not name him nor state my relationship with the person who said this line to me. But his line had left me too much question which I cannot answer for a very long time. I kept on asking him the reason why but he only answered me with a sly smile.

Then while I was walking on the streets going to the venue of my first ever legit paid gig, this line hit my head like an arrow crossed through my brain. I know it’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but believe me it’s something you might feel when you’re nervous or when you feel like your heart will burst out your chest. I was nervous.

I always love music and I always admire those artists that I can see perform on stage. People enjoy their music so much. These artists share their talents to everybody and inspire them. And so I was inspired. I always thought that behind those fun performances on stage, these artists also share the same smiles behind the curtains. I was jealous of that feeling and I want to feel the same way but I somehow feel differently that afternoon.

I was singing in front of a lot of people. I can see their smiles and that made me feel happy. They appreciate my voice and the way I performed. I shared my talent and that made them smile. I told myself, “That’s what exactly what you wish would happen” but at the same time the pressure entered the scene and made everything blurred. Only then did I realize what he meant when he said that phrase.

Music is a way to escape from reality. When you’re sad and you want to be alone, sometimes putting your headphones on and lock yourself inside your room can be the best solution. When your happy, playing some happy songs can add up to the mood. Others use songs to tell somebody what they really want to say that they can’t say by mere words. People make music as a tool for expressing what they really feel. Most of the songwriters write songs based on their experiences. That’s the beauty of music.

When you make music as your job, things will go a little bit different. You’re obliged to practice some songs even though you don’t want to sing it. You’ll be forced to go perform on stage even though you don’t feel like it or you’re tired. There will be deadlines for the songs you have to write if you are required to make an album. People will expect to see you smiling and happy always at the same time you want to have a good image for them. You have to inspire them. You have to entertain them. That’s part of your job and sometimes we might hate our job. That removes the fact that music can be your escape from reality. 

Now I have a new question which needs an answer. How can I make music as a tool for escaping from reality where in fact it became part of my reality?

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Monday thoughts #3 : What he meant when he said it

5 things that made me smile this week #2 && I have a GIG?

Another week had passed by. It was fast right? haha Yes, it is. Especially if you’re enjoying your life to the fullest. So I’m going to share to you some of my Happy pills.

Happy pill #1

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I received two pretty bracelets from my colleague Ashkook. It’s a gold plated pair of bracelets. The one does not look complete without the other. Our phlebotomist asking me to give her the other one. But it was also a gift to me. I’m not a fan of giving what was given to me.

Happy pill #2

My mom went back from vacation! She came back from our home country, Philippines. I think everybody knows how it feels when you’re not with your mom. And I also think that everybody knows very well how lazy you can be without her around. So for one whole month, hello messy room! Me and my brother managed it very well, though.

Happy pill #3

Treats from Philippines! For a year and a half of living as an OFW, there is something I’ve noticed very well from among my kabayans. What is it? Receiving something from their families from their home land brings them too much happiness. The feeling of our families back home when they’re receiving Balikbayan Boxes from their families abroad is also the same feeling when OFWs are receiving something from them. But usually that only happens when some colleagues are going home for vacation. Because delivery expenses are usually expensive so we just let them bring the treats from our family in the Philippines as part of their luggage.

But not just that, simple treats that’s made ‘only in the Philippines’ can also bring a huge smile on our faces. Some of my colleagues bring Puto Seko, Yema, Polvoron, Mani, etc. My Mom also bring me Tuyo and Tinapa (both were salted dried fish). Really a Happy pill!

Happy pill#4

3 for 65 sale accessories from Lovisa. So my mom and I went to the mall to search for accessories to be used on my Happy pill #5 (to be stated on the latter part). We entered Lovisa and found this signage of 3 for 65 sale for some selected items. I bought three items, one for me and the other two for my mom and for my friend.

Happy pill #5

I got Hooked! Last Tuesday, I was asked to practice some songs because there will be an audition this Friday (May 5, 2017) in a newly opened restaurant called HOOKED. I was invited for an audition and on the same day I heard that they posted a poster on Facebook which got me really excited at the same time I was shocked because this photo was taken by another organization. Maybe it will cause problems or such but luckily nothing like that happened. So that day went on smoothly. We practiced 16 songs but we performed more than that. Above anything else, I was under pressure the whole time because I am working with professionals. It’s fine with me though, because I know I can learn from them. So yeah, I got Hooked. I will be singing in this restaurant every Friday. If you’re near the location you are always free to come! But of course food must be paid. Music is free though. Will be posting a review on this restaurant soon.

That’s all! Hope you enjoyed this segment as much as I did while writing it. love lots

xxx shary~ o

5 things that made me smile this week #2 && I have a GIG?

Monthly Favorites: April 2017

Hello sweetpeeps!

So it’s the second day of May, but I think it’s not too late to post my April Favorites! I’m very excited to publish this because this will be the first post of my “Monthly Favorites” series, but I wasn’t able to make time yesterday. Let me apologize for that.

In this series I will be showing you some sneak peak of my favorite products the preceding month. To be proper, I must be posting reviews on the products beforehand. But as of now, I haven’t made any reviews on all the products that I will be posting except for one. Lemme start

MY APRIL FAVORITES!

FAV No.1: L’Oreal Paris Studio Line Silk & Gloss Curling Mousse

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I have a natural curly hair. So I really need something that holds those curls together to avoid looking like a witch, but on the other hand will not make my hair greasy or oily. Then I found this amazing product from Loreal. Having curly hair is nice, looks nice. However, it’s the most difficult to manage, tame, style and take care of. Good thing I found this product.

FAV No. 2: L’Oreal Paris Elvive Total Repair

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Another favorite from my hair care routine! When I get bored, I usually cut my hair short. And that’s what happened 6 months ago. I got bored then cut my curly hair. I colored my hair 3 times after that, then that’s it.. HELLO DRY HAIR! So I really need something just like this…. ohhh ohhh ohhh I want something just like this (*Coldplay* if you know it) Oks sorry. One word. Intoxicating. Using it once, makes me wants to use it more everyday. Super love it.

FAV No. 3: Yoko Eye Gel

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As a student, I lack sleep. But sometimes its just either I am playing or watching Korean Dramas. Whatever the reason is, the problem is that I am having a lot of trouble with my dark under eyes. And so, I buy this Eye Gel. I love the product because it is so soothing and also reducing the puffiness around the eye area. I love using it before sleeping.

FAV No. 4: Flormar Watermelon Lip Balm

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OHHHhhhhhh my favorite lip balm! I already made a review of this one. If you want to read it just click here. I think I will be using it for a long time, and probably will buy a new one or maybe I will try another flavor?

FAV No. 4: The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Cleansing Daily Solution

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If you will make me choose which one if my most favorite among all of these products, probably I will be choosing this one. It’s a product from The Body Shop. It is a daily solution that you should put after toning your face. It is specifically made for blemished skin which suits my skin type well. I super love it. I love everything about it. Maybe even if my skin isn’t blemished I will still be using this one.

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed reading this. I’ll try making review on all of these mentioned product this week.

xxx Shary ~

Monthly Favorites: April 2017

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.

5 things that made me smile this week

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