06 July 2015

Currently Vol. 27

06 July 2015
A blink and a sigh, and it's July.

I can barely believe it but welp, here it is. Before you know it the holidaze will be here again so maybe it's best to take advantage of all the end-of-season sales happening everywhere. Heh.

As for me, July was off to a great start. Last Thursday, Miah and I went to Newport Performing Arts Theater with my friends Ralph and Mike to see Bituing Walang Ningning: The Musical. We enjoyed it a lot thanks to the believable portrayals of the actors and their immense talent, although I found the script a little bit lacking. Still, going all the way to Resorts World Manila and going home late on a work-day was worth it especially during when Monica Cuenco as Dorina Pineda sang the title song for the first time. Mesmerizing. Huge thanks to Jom for the tickets!




Saturday was spent with Miah again and catching up with my favorite restaurant Bigoli my good friend Michelle in TriNoma. I used to not like going out on weekends because I prefer wasting time in front of my computer or painting or reading, but look at me now. Heh.


Most of the afternoon was spent being ignored in favor of his new toy - the Batman: Arkham Knight collectible. JK it wasn't like that at all. ( ⋂‿⋂’) 

Now I'm well-rested and ready to take on this (rather rainy) week. Here is this week's Currently.

CURRENTLY Vol. 27

READING


I just finished (finally!!!) Alternative Alamat. Don't think it was the book's fault on why it took me so long, though. I just haven't been able to concentrate on reading these days so this one took me a long while. Thanks to Alternative Alamat, I am now Eliza Victoria's newest fan. Next book on my list is her A Bottle of Storm Clouds, in preparation for #StrangeLit.

[TRYING TO WRITE] 
My entry to Activity 1 for #StrangeLit and an rough outline of what I would like the story to be about.

LISTENING TO
Grand Romantic by Nate Ruess. I will never get tired of this album. Here's my current favorite song:


THINKING
Of all the books I'd like to buy if only I have unlimited funds.

FEELING
Sleepy. Okay I have to finish this soon.

LOVING
New beginnings.

WANTING
This, this, this, and THIS. Basically everything that Fully Booked posts.

NEEDING
Days to slow down a little bit. We're not in a hurry, days.

WISHING
That it won't rain hard anymore. Typhoon Egay is still in the country and there's another one coming, and we have an event on Thursday. Crazy.

Oh, I just made up with my guy. All is well in the world again.

Can you believe it's July?? Gosh! I hope you stay safe, warm, and dry, my friends! ♥


30 June 2015

Review: Safeguard Derma Sense Facial Cleanser for Acne-Prone Skin

30 June 2015
The goal is to wake up every morning with a clear, fresh, and happy face, ready for another long day ahead.


So far, so good.

I have been using the Safeguard Derma Sense line for Acne-Prone Skin for more than two weeks now, and this is a more comprehensive review of the Facial Cleanser.

The new Safeguard Derma Sense line for Acne-Prone Skin is specially formulated to help fight the four major causes of acne breakouts: excess sebum, blocked pores, bacteria overgrowth, and inflammation—for clearer skin in eight weeks. It is dermatologically tested and helps provide noticeable acne reduction in 89% of people, helps remove acne-causing germs and excess oil, and refreshes with a Eucalyptus-infused formula. The most important thing to remember is that Derma Sense doesn’t just fix the problem; it goes to the root of the problem by getting rid of the germs.


Aside from the occasional zit or two that makes their presence felt whenever Aunt Flo comes to visit (which is, like, now – thus those two little bumps near my left eyebrow), I generally have clear skin and rarely break out. I have combination skin and find the need to blot my T-Zone every couple of hours but other than that, I’m good with the skin type I was given. Nevertheless, I still found good use for the Safeguard Derma Sense for Acne-Prone Skin in removing excess oil and reducing my blackheads.


It doesn’t lather as much as other regular facial washes do, but it does leave my skin feeling and looking clean and fresh. I like the cool after-feel, too!

Try the Safeguard Derma Sense for Acne-Prone Skin line if you have already tried a lot of other products but found none that helped significantly. Who knows, this household classic (because who doesn’t remember growing up with Safeguard bars of soap as regular fixture in the household?) might just be the answer you’re looking for. If you don’t have acne, might as well try it tonight, yes? Summer is supposed to have officially ended already but the heat is still as intense as ever and excessive heat almost always comes with excessive sebum. Prevention is better than cure, y’all.


I get up about five to ten minutes late almost every day so I never have the time to do even just my quick 5-minute makeup look. What I do is I just slap on some sunblock and off I go. Yes, I walk around Makati with a bare face every morning. It’s not exactly a “brave” act, when you really think about it, but in a superficial level of thinking that *is* already a big deal. Oh well, I don’t mind. My clear, fresh, and happy face is always ready for another long day ahead. ;)

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29 June 2015

Currently Vol. 26

29 June 2015
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This was the first post that greeted me as I checked my Facebook feed on my way home tonight, and with the caption Take a little hug holiday today. #hugitout, it couldn't have been more apt. I am breaking out and got an awful haircut and now I look like a prepubescent boy, I got rained on even though I had my yellow umbrella with me, and I got into a mini fight (our first!) with my guy. If there's any day when a hug holiday would be ideal, that would be today kthanx.

CURRENTLY Vol. 26

READING
Alternative Alamat. I am the newest addition to the #StrangeLit: Paranormal/ Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy workshop sponsored by Buqo and I am equal parts excited and scared and thrilled and anxious!

WRITING
An outline of my #StrangeLit story in my head. I've always loved stories that has a bit of strange magic in it, most notable of which are Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, and Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. My fingers are tingling. Expect a story about malevolent wish-granters and wishes gone wrong from me, folks!

LISTENING TO
The angry howl of the rain coupled with a generous serving of thunder and lightning. I am so glad to be home.

WEARING
My favorite pair of PJs that I wear when I want to feel better.

THINKING
Of the things I'm trying not to think about. I am losing this battle.

FEELING
Tired because of work, sad because of all the things that happened today, happy because I finally got a case for my new work phone, and excited for the new plot brewing in my head.

LOVING
Aside from my new yellow case for my new work phone? My new work pen and new stash of Post-Its. I have learned to take pleasure in the littlest things.

WANTING
A weekend away from the city. Star-watching by the beach would be perfect.

NEEDING
To budget my money to make said weekend away from the city a reality.

WISHING
Someone would be kind enough to get me a Grand Romantic CD! Read this for context. (Still the same from last week's Currently!)

Oh, I just made up with my guy. All is well in the world again.

Can you believe it's almost *gasp* July?? Gosh! Have a great week/ month ahead, my friends! ♥


28 June 2015

My Spark NA journey

28 June 2015
Robert De Niro dropping some harsh truth bombs while presenting the Best Screenplay nominees at the 86th Academy Awards
I consider finishing my short story Once Upon a Sticky Note and putting it out there one of my biggest, bravest, and scariest accomplishments so far. The idea of baring myself and opening my work to critique and/ or ridicule is enough to make me want to walk inside the closet and not stop until I reach Narnia, but in the name of all that is good and holy I WENT AHEAD AND DID IT.


Naturally, I thought the next step would be to dare more. Armed with the knowledge that I finished 6,402 words by clocking in three to five hours a night for four nights and pretty confident that I have a solid continuation for Nate and Tanya's story, I signed up for Spark NA. Even though I was forever the buzzer-beater, I was pretty okay with the Activities, but as per usual, I hemmed and hawed and procrastinated during the entire process.

I couldn't even understand what was wrong. With the deadline looming closer and closer, I expected my creative juices to come and save me from this can't-put-feelings-into-words predicament, but NO. The magic just wasn't happening. I seriously doubted myself and my abilities. What if I'm just okay with short stories? What if I really can't do novellas? What if I just got lucky with the first one and now I won't be able to replicate that luck? What if I'm really not good enough? With only a couple of weeks left, I breathed deeply, brushed my shoulders, and decided to scrap what I have and start from the top.

It didn't work out.

Even before we all started, Mina said the most important thing to remember is to be brave. I guess admitting defeat in front of my laptop and accepting that I wouldn't be able to do it this time is a way of displaying bravery? That even though it will be just a tad delayed, promising Nate and Tanya that I would finish their story is still a way of  shrugging it off and showing courage?

The supposed Chapter 1 of my Spark NA story
I suppose I could suppose all I want, but unless I come up with a 20,000-word story then all of it would have been for naught. Still, I learned A LOT and I promise to still work on this story. Just not now.

Maybe because, for the first time in a long time, this happened:


Yes. For the first time in a long time, I don't need to turn to fiction as a means of escapism. Finally, reality feels better than any sweet scenario my fingers and keyboard or pen and paper can conjure. This turn of events is not to be blamed, of course, but I'm just saying that at the moment I guess I prefer spending time with a real, living, breathing person over fictional characters. Sorry, Nat and Tan. Let me adjust to these new developments, and I'm sure I'll see you again. Patience, my friends. ♡ 


22 June 2015

Currently Vol. 25

22 June 2015
I skipped work today because I've been feeling sick since Sunday morning. I feel weak, but not too weak to stay in bed the whole day so I was able to catch up on work emails also. I know I always say work is crazy-busy but it has gotten a lot crazier lately in light of my recent promotion and transitions in the office. Still, I am doing my best to keep up. Please wish me luck. (◡‿◡✿)

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CURRENTLY Vol. 25

READING
Essays in Love by Alain de Botton and enjoying it so far.

WRITING 
Things I am grateful for in my Gratitude Journal. ❤

LISTENING TO
The Grand Romantic album by Nate Ruess. I think I'm going to listen to this for the rest of my life. Today's favorite is Harsh Light, but I don't know, it might be another song again tomorrow.


SMELLING
My The Body Shop Body Butter in Vineyard Peach. The weather has been extra forgiving lately so out came my body butters again.

WEARING
My favorite pair of PJs that I wear when I want to feel better.

THINKING
Of all the things I want to eat but can't because I just had my braces adjusted and it hurts so much. I feel like I'm just paying my orthodontist to torture me, eep.

FEELING
Tired, still. I think I need a long break from work and all forms of social media.

LOVING
This feeling. (Not the one where I complain about being tired, LOL.)

WANTING
At least a weekend away from the city, maybe.

NEEDING
To finish my endless list of to-dos.

WISHING
Someone would be kind enough to get me a Grand Romantic CD! Read this for context.

We have two work events this week! Yay? Yay! Have a great week ahead, you!


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