1/06/2012

My Top 3 Beautiful Filipinas: Solenn Heussaff, Saida Diola, Angel Locsin

This year, my Top 3 Beautiful Filipinas are Solenn Heussaff, Saida Diola and Angel Locsin. Each of them has lovable traits that I and many other people like. Aside from their outer beauty, we can see from afar their inner beauty -- that they are smart and kind people.

SOLENN HEUSSAFF



I first saw Solenn Heussaff, born to a Filipina mother and a French father, when she joined the reality TV show, Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Showdown in 2010. She became one of the favorite castaways because of her down-to-earth attitude. I admired her for almost winning the insect-eating contest.

Solenn can do almost anything: paint, sing, model, act, host a TV show, do other people's makeup, body paint, design clothes, work as VJ...

  SAIDA DIOLA



Saida Diola is a breath of fresh air on the TV show Eat Bulaga -- young, beautiful, cheerful. She's primarily a dancer, being a member of the dancing group EB Babes. She's not a singer, but we cheer her on when she tries to sing. She's also getting better and better with her English -- not surprising, as she has a pleasant speaking voice. She also has a sexy laughter and giggle.


ANGEL LOCSIN



Actress and commercial model Angel Locsin is my almost-perfect Filipina beauty -- beautiful outside and inside -- beauty and brains. I'm also touched by her devotion to her father, working and saving for the time when the treatment that can restore his father's eyesight is found.

Guest post by Saranaya
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1/01/2012

Working out at Slimmers World Gym

                  Working out at Slimmers World Gym

                 While I am roaming around Festival Mall, I passed by the booth of Slimmers World. At first, I thought it was just a group session for those who want to be thin but when I saw their very catchy promo which is 1+1 month, I’ve already asked for some flyer for my mom and my friend. After I have read the flyer, it became clear to me that it was a gym and beauty center. I was very delighted that me and my mom went to Slimmers World Alabang branch to ask for the coverage of their promo in the gym wherein we were acccommodated by a consultant that toured us to the gym and its ladies’ comfort room. 

                           After that, we went back to her room to discuss what I  want to obtain from the gym so that they can prepare a gym routine for me and breakdowns the cost I would like to avail according to months. But because I just want to try the gym if I can weight gain, I availed the 1+1 month which is worth 2400Php coverage of use of all the gym’s equipments and machines. It also includes the aerobic classes. Their walk-in price is 500Php. It was good that there are lots of women working out in the gym so I don't have to be shy.
            
                    The next day, I went to Slimmers World to have my medical check-up and picture taking for membership ID. The receptionist asked me if I want to use the gym facilities at the same day but if I won’t she reminded me to bring my receipt as my proof to my next visit because I don’t have my membership ID yet. (It was very nice of her).


membership ID :)

                           It was Thursday afternoon that I went to Slimmers World and a lot of people were working out. The receptionist called a personal trainer to assist me because it was my first day. The personal trainer taught me the rules, routines and how to use the machines. At my first day, I acquired two cardiovascular activities(treadmill and crosstrainer) and then proceeded to muscle building by lifting dumbbells, etc.

                            At the first three days, the trainer assisted me until I have memorized my workout program. There’s also this signing up for the use of treadmill, crosstrainer, aerobic class etc. except for muscle building equipments and the bikes. A maximum of 30 minutes per use of cardiovascular machines. The trainer also  instructed me to have a 3 minutes cool down at the treadmill and 15 minutes cool down using the cardiovascular machines after my muscle building routine.


                                   Now, I go to Slimmers World every morning because there are lots of people working out in the afternoon. 

What I like about Slimmers World Gym(Alabang Branch) :

The personnel are nice.
The gym is neat and clean.
The ladies’ comfort room is clean.
It’s free to join the aerobic classes.
There are trainers that will assist you.
They provide drinking fountains.
They provide mats for stretchings or exercises.
Lockers are provided.
LCD TV’s attached to the treadmill and crosstrainer for entertainment.

What I don’t like about Slimmers World Gym (Alabang Branch) :

The gym is small.    
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Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturizing Cream


                              Nivea Soft is a moisturizing cream for the face, hands and body and for everyday use. It contains Jojoba oil and Vitamin E. Nivea Soft is manufactured in Thailand. In Philippines, it is commonly available in leading Department Stores and Supermarkets and in Watsons.

What is Jojoba Oil?

                    Jojoba Oil comes from the extraction of seeds from Jojoba Plant that contains a lot of Vitamin E. It is non-comedogenic and non-allergenic. Jojoba Oil is also an antioxidant and antibacterial. It provides a longer lasting moisturizer.

(The Nivea Soft Moisturizing Cream is sealed so check it first before you buy because it might be tampered)

                    I always put this moisturizing cream in my hands, feet and other dry parts in my body after taking a bath. When applying the cream, I always acquire a small amount for my face, hands and feet. It will be greasy if you put too much cream but still disappears after a few minutes. I just put Nivea Soft in my face when it is very dry and flaky.


Ingredients:

Aqua, Glycerin, Paraffinum, Liquidum, Myristyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat, Stearic Acid, Myristyl Myristate, Cera Microcristallina, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lanolin Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Dimethicone, Sodium Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum

What I love about Nivea Soft Moisturizing Cream:

It leaves the skin soft.
It is affordable.
It smells good.
The packaging is great. It is sealed.
The moisturizing cream is absorbed easily.

What I don’t love about Nivea Soft Moisturizing Cream:

Nothing yet.
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Tai Chi Virgin Coconut Oil w/ Ginger Extract

( 60ml Tai Chi Coconut Oil w/ Ginger Extract)


                     Tai Chi Virgin Coconut Oil w/ Ginger Extract is a liniment used as a strong circulatory stimulant. It is anti-inflammatory and counter-irritant.

                       Virgin Coconut Oil known as the healthiest oil on earth aids in moisturizing the body and removing dead skin cell layers while protecting it from infections. With the help of ginger, it prevents further skin infection.

                         My mom bought Tai Chi Virgin Coconut Oil w/ Ginger Extract at a Tai Chi Center in Festival Mall, Alabang worth above 60Php. She also bought their “Tawas”. At first, it was my muscle pain reliever but my mom took it from me because she got sick. She uses it to warm and relax her body because she can’t sleep well and she also applies it in her neck. My mom got used to it and bought two small bottles for my grandfather at the Mercury Drugstores worth above 30Php.  The Tai Chi Virgin Coconut Oil was very useful and effective. It became my first option to use and rely whenever my muscles aches from working out at the gym and when I have menstrual cramps. I don’t use Salonpas anymore because it has a strong smell.

                   Tai Chi Virgin Coconut Oil w/ Ginger Extract is also available in Mercury Drugstores,Robinsons Supermarket and Puregold aside from the Tai Chi outlets. It can be in 30ml, 60ml, 120ml in size. 

FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY



Directions:

Apply Tai Chi Virgin Coconut Oil w/ Ginger Extract at the affected area and rub gently. If irritation occurs, apply cold compress on the irritated part (Do not wash off).

Precaution:

-          Test the product on a sensitive skin area to check for any allergic reaction.
-          Don’t apply on scraped, irritated or broken skin.
-          Don’t use w/ bandage / heating pad that may cause skin damage.
-          Avoid contact w/ eyes.

Warning:

Those who are pregnant or lactating women and those who have sensitive skin are advised to seek consultation of doctor before using this product. FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY.

What I love about Tai Chi Virgin Coconut Oil w/ Ginger Extract:

It is effective as a muscle pain reliever.
It is affordable.
It doesn’t have a strong smell.
It has soothing and relaxing smell.


What I don't love about Tai Chi Virgin Coconut Oil w/ Ginger Extract:


I can't mention any.
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CoverGirl TruBlend Mineral Blush


           CoverGirl TruBlend Mineral Blush gives a natural look that emphasizes the cheeks with its shimmering feature. It looks great on the skin and blends well. The two colors of the mineral blush are shimmering sands and pure romance. I think it's worth $6 for 18g in Walmart. It was just given to me by my cousin along with CoverGirl TruBlend Mineral Loose Powder so I'm not sure about the price. She gave me the pure romance which is very good to my skin because I gives a pinkish glow in my cheeks. 

Be careful in not touching your face when the mineral blush is applied because it is easily wiped out. This mineral blush takes many layers of application but has a  good outcome on my cheeks. The glitter combines well with the blush. I've used a brush rather than the puff included because the brush holds and spread the blush better.




What I like about CoverGirl TruBlend Mineral Blush:

It blends in skin easily.
It is great for contouring cheeks.
It has a glittery effect.

What I don't like about CoverGirl TruBlend Mineral Blush:

It's messy.
Packaging is not good.
The color doesn't last long but the glitters are still visible.

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve


It’s been almost 10 years since we’ve celebrated New Year’s Eve with our relatives in our house. We used to watch movies, play around, chit chat and create wishlists together, prepare  foods like our favorite lasagna and hamonado before 12’o clock midnight but now having three persons in a family is quite lonely. Aside from that, my father likes to buy fruits that are circle in shape because he believes that it will bring luck. Lately, lucky fruits( it is not to be eaten) in the form of luya(tied w/ a ribbon), gabi, pineapple tied with dalandans are popular among people as it will be displayed and bring luck.  

After hours of waiting, my father lit only two fountains while my mom keeps on making noise.  Back then, the use of fireworks and firecrackers last long until 5am here in our town. But now, my family and my neighbors lit the firecrackers and fountains for only 1-2 hrs and just use the horns of our cars. 


Since I have asthma, I'm not allowed to go outside our house so I just stay inside with my dogs who are really frightened especially my small toy dog. Blaire, my small toy dog, keeps on shivering and panting so I had to cover her ears the entire time.

The night ended with silence. It was not the longest and noisiest night of our New Year but still we're happy to welcome the new year with joy in our hearts and hopes for a brighter start and future.

Happy New Year Everyone ! :)


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