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Sunblock For Me!

For a tropical country like The Philippines, one is always under fire any time of the day! 😊

When I say, fire, I mean, scorching heat which could potentially damage the skin.

I was always on the quest for the best sunscreen for my skin. The one that won’t give me white pigmentation and won’t be too heavy on my skin.

And friends, after several tries, I think I finally found my “duo”.

 

1. BIORE UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++

  • It is not sticky at all, which I love so much.
  • It does not leave oily or greasy feel on the skin
  • No white residue, unlike other sun screen that will make you look like a ghost in a broad day light 😊
  • My friend got it from Taiwan but there’s available for sale from Beauty Manila.50 gms is for 488.00. pesos only
  • My skin is not sensitive, I did not feel any irritation of reaction.
  • I usually use this as a base in my daily make up. Very light in the skin.
  • I give it 4.5/5 
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    I got the photo from Beauty MNL as I failed to take picture of actual photo 

    2. LAUREN & CO BEAUTY Bare Skin Facial Sun Mist with SPF 35 – Renewed (50ml)

  • Very Handy, on the go sunscreen
  • This is a face mist that has SPF
  • Could be used on top of makeup ( just spray on your face)
  • Budget Friendly – I got mine from beauty Manila, P299.00 for 50ml
  • All Filipino brand – Yey, support local as much as possible.
  • I give it a 5/5
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Photo taken from Beauty MNL as mine has been scratched already. 

So what I usually do is use Biore before putting my make up on, and Sun Mist to reapply, it’s perfect because It doe not ruin my makeup.

 

Note: this is not an AD. I just want to share my good buys! This might work for you too.

SG with Family!

We have been blessed with an opportunity to travel together again as one family. This was after my niece was born and my dad was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure. With the baby in tow and with dialysis sessions that dad should not miss, it seemed impossible to travel. But with go signals from dad’s doctors and all the needful for his health, plus, our baby girl is now three, big enough to walk, off we went to Singapore!

( if you are in the same condition or your family member has the same health issue but you wanted to travel, hit me up, I can tell you what are the things to prepare as advised by our doctors, by the airlines, etc)

This trip was even made special because it was dad’s birthday. This was my second trip to Singapore, yet, this place still amazed me.

Giving you glimpse of our trip.

Accommodation : Strand Hotel

Address: 25 Bencoolen St, Singapore 189619

Phone: +65 6338 1866

You could book via Booking.com / no pre-payment required.

 

What are the places near the hotel?

  • Right outside the hotel is MRT Bencoolen Station, on the other side of the road is Bras Basah MRT station. Very convenient.
  • Across the hotel is a Food Court called Food Republic that offers wide variety of food. ( this was where we had most of our meals specially breakfast)
  • Beside Food Republic are 7-11 store and Starbucks Coffee.
  • About 5 minute-walk from the hotel, we attended Sunday mass at Church of the Sacred Heart.
  • Walking distance from Bugis Junction – One of the well-visited shopping sites in Singapore.

Getting Around the City:

Since we were a big group and my dad was advised to refrain from walking, plus we needed a car seat for our toddler, we always took advantage of grab cars. It may seem expensive but it’s worth it if you are in a big group. We would always book 1 6-seater and 1 grab with kid ( 3adult +1 kid).

So much for my words, here are the outtakes of our Singapore trip.

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Marina Bay Sands at Night

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View From Merlion Park
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Merlion Park
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Jewel at Changi
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View From Singapore Flyer

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Have fun!

Leaving you with this:

Always find time to spend with your loved-ones. Need not be pricey, but memorable.

 

Thank you. Love, SimplymeSMC.

Letter for Our King

You came at the most unexpected time!

Yes, so unexpected that left the entire family stunned for a few days.  Your dad was going to be a priest. That’s the mindset of your Lola and Lolo, the mindset of your great grand aunt who happened to be my mom who is very close to your dad.

You cannot blame them. Adults in our family are plan-oriented, and your dad was going to have his ordination in three months. Everybody thought he will be the first priest in the family. But God had a different plan. Your dad met your mom and they were destined to be together.

Being the closest aunt to your dad, I could still recall him messaging me one day. Maybe confused, maybe afraid of breaking the news to your Lola, my cousin. Maybe needing someone who would tell him, “everything is going to be okay”. As far as I could remember, I told him to assess and confirm he is 100% sure of his decision to get out of the seminary. And If he is certain that the vocation was not really for him, the entire family will surely understand and will support him. Yes, I know for sure, he will hear the never ending “whys” and “ohhhsss” and “are you sures” but these will all pass.  True enough, the entire clan supported your dad’s choices.

Not long enough, you were born. Oh boy, I was a lola at such a young age.  But you brought so much joy to the people around you. You grew up to be so sweet and smart little boy. Your Lola Neneng would always tell us about funny things that you made, or your achievements in school.

Last month, I messaged your dad to bring you over to Manila during summer break, so you could go to theme parks. You deserve to have fun because I heard you have been a very good pupil in school. Your baby sister was about to arrive, so your dad said, you will visit us when the second baby is a little bigger and fit enough to travel.

We waited for you. We knew you would have awesome time bonding with your little Aunt who speaks straight English like you. We were excited because we knew you both will click in an instant. We looked forward to that time.

Little did we know, God was also waiting for you up there. Your Lola called me at 4 am and informed of your passing. Of all the losses that our family had to go through, yours was the hardest to accept. You were just 5. You had a whole life ahead of you. You left unexpectedly, King, just as you arrived. But we find comfort in the fact that you are happier with God now. In there, no more pain, no more hurt. Just pure bliss.

I didn’t get to see you in person despite your dad’s constant nagging for me to come home to our hometown. Sorry, little one, I didn’t go out of my way to meet you. But we shall see each other one day.

Rest well and please whisper to God that He makes your mom and dad stronger for your little sister.

Sleep little one, you are in solace now in the hands of God. Heaven gained another angel in you, King.

 

 

Dear Children of Marawi

2years ago today:

To remember everyone affected during the Marawi seige, I am reblogging my open letter to the Children of war.

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(An Open Letter to Children of War)

I wish I could say I know how you feel but really, no one of us, outside the war zone could say that.

I understand you have been through a lot and I salute you for not giving up.

5 months of fear; 5 months of uncertainty, 5 months of being in evacuation area; 5 months under the mercy of people sending you your basic needs; 5 months out of school;  5 months of terror; 5 months of questioning what happened to your beloved place. Long months of asking: ‘Will we ever get out of here alive?’

I know that’s too much for kids like you to experience.  I know that’s the most unfair thing children like you would ever deal with. But please know that after the war, you are the strongest and the bravest kids in my eyes.

It’s not easy…

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Happy Mother’s Day

YOU, who carried a human for 9 months ( 7 or 8 for some), and raised wonderful human beings for the rest of your lives,

YOU, who did not bear a child but love one as your own,

YOU, who in your own loving ways made a kid find his comforting, motherly love,

YOU, who lost a child, but doesn’t make you less of a mother anyways,

YOU, whose job as a mother has no retirement age,

YOU, who first taught us what Unconditional Love is all about,

HAPPY HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

On behalf of all grateful kids in the world, I want you to know that we Appreciate you so much!

And we LOVE you, momma, mommy, mum, nanay, ina.

 

 

You are

My Love,

 

You are my calm amidst the storm;

You the sweetest dream that ever came true.

You are my happiness in any form,

Every day’s a valentine when I’m with you.

 

Come high and low you are by my side,

Miles apart but not a problem on sight.

You are the comfort in my darkest days,

And you are my joy in every way.

 

– Love, Simplymesmc

Love and Time – ( Writer : Unknown)

I will never get tired reblogging this post. My favorite love story of all time. ! Happy Valentines Day, Y’all!

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February it is!! It’s love month and to kick-start the Love month, I am sharing one of my favorite love stories. This was written by an unknown writer and I got it from http://www.christianstories.co/2011/11/love-and-time.html

Here you go….

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all constructed boats and left. Except for Love.

 Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to hold out until the last possible moment.

 When the island had almost sunk, Love decided to ask for help.

 Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said, “Richness, can you take me with you?” Richness answered, “No, I can’t. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here…

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Happy 2019!

Hello guys,  I am just dropping by to wish everyone a wonderful 2019! I will start uploading new entries in the coming days. For now, let me send virtual hugs to all of you.

Here’s wishing that this year will bring us all good health, happy and bountiful life. May blessings keep pouring in so we could be of blessings to others.

Meanwhile, let me share with you our Christmas and New Year’s spread. I am from the Philippines and FOOD the star of Holidays here, ( well, of course, the main reason of the season is the One Above). 

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new year
New Year

Enjoy!

Of Walls and History

Sharing the beauty of Manila

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I have been to a lot of places. Yes, I have travelled Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and even a certain foreign country. I consider myself well-travelled ( as compared to other people my age, I supposed ) , but it was only lately that a reality hit me:  I was a  Stranger on my own land – this is how I was whenever I was asked about Intramuros; Fort Santiago and other land marks in the old City of Manila . What a shame, I know. I don’t even know anything about these historic places right at the center of  Metro Manila.

I know I’ve been here a long time ago, but hey, as a kid, what will I remember about war and history? All I could probably recall was the dirty Ice Cream I asked my mom to buy and the Calesa ride, of course.

Well, I was not…

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Exploring Sagada

The municipality of Sagada is a 5th class municipality in the Mountain Province, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 11,127 people. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagada) . It’s known for a beautiful sunrise view, Jeepney top-loading ride, caves and a breezy weather, above all, it is known for being a neighboring municipality of Banaue, which is part of Ifugao province.

And what’s with Banaue? Well, it is home for  UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Batad Rice Terraces, and Bangaan Rice Terraces.

I know a lot of people would think that Sagada and Banaue are of the same area, but nope, they were part of two different provinces. That will require another blog post about geography.

Allow this post to focus more on the beauty of Sagada and its neighboring places.  A 9 – hour night trip from Manila was worth it! Again, Sagada was worth that long and tiring drive! We knew this trip will tire us out, so we opted for an arranged itinerary. We were a group of 8, the van was roomy enough as it has a 12-seating capacity. We paid 3500.00Php each. This already includes the following:

  • Two nights, 3 days accommodation
  • Van with gas from Manila – Sagada, and tour
  • Driver
  • Tourist guide
  • Because we opted to skip some of the destinations that we deemed too risky, our tour guide/ driver was gracious enough to treat us to breakfast instead. ( Feel free to drop me a message if you want a recommendation, I promise, our guide is good, he even takes great photos.)

As Sagada is in a mountain province, you MUST bring jackets. If you feel that your covers are not enough “ukay-ukay” will get you covered. I scored two jackets of good quality for only 50.00php each. The tour guide could bring you to a flea market for good buys.

Enough of my words, let the photos do the rest of describing. Have Fun!

We went orange picking
We went orange picking

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Hanging Coffin
Hanging Coffin

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Top Loading is a thing here
Top Loading is a thing here
Inside Sumaging cave
Inside Sumaging cave