Althea Korea turns 2!

09 July 2017

Guess who's turning two.



There are a lot of online shops distributing Korean beauty and skincare products locally but I find myself browsing Althea Korea more often because it's more updated and the expansive range and variety plus huge discounts can't be beat! Since they ship from Korea straight to your delivery address, it's like bringing home a piece of Korea each time, heh. These, as well as the cool deals they regularly offer, are why I've remained a loyal and happy customer since I first ordered two years ago.

Now to celebrate their birthday this month, they're shipping awesome limited edition birthday boxes with every order, until supplies last!

Here's a closer look at how I decorated my Althea Korea cake box with the birthday DIY kit!


How do you like it? I am positively giddy because teal-pink is my favorite color combination! ♥

Now let's take a peek at what's inside!

My Canon PIXMA E470

03 July 2017

Electricity courses through my fingers as I type this because I'm so excited about my new art companion: the Canon PIXMA E470! I had some free time last week that afforded me to check out the Canon PIXMA event and I'm so glad I did because I took a new printer home. ♥

Ladies and gents, I'd like you to meet my new art companion:


Canon recently announced the PIXMA Ink Efficient E410 and E470 as the newest additions to their line of Ink Efficient All-In-One printers. These are the latest printers equipped with low-cost, high yield ink cartridges to ensure affordable cost of operation. It has a scanner and copier too so you don't have to purchase those separately!

Here are some out-of-the-box photos as well as samples of my first print jobs.

What a beaut.
I was very intimidated at first because I didn't have the slightest idea on how to set up a printer (or any hardware, for that matter). It made me miss my Kuya even more because he used to do it for me. I was ready to just give up and wait for my boyfriend to help me, but I rolled up my sleeves and turned to the manual.

Halfway through 2017

30 June 2017

Huh. I feel like we just welcomed the new year and now we're already halfway through. 


Inconceivable.

What a packed month, this month, and I missed writing so I thought I'd do a month in review, especially since aside from celebrating our second anniversaryone of my biggest childhood dreams came true this June.

We started the month with a BANG through Oxygen X Bieber. 


Oxygen continues to creatively evolve with the latest trends, especially given the worldwide resurgence of street style fashion, and I am SO PROUD to work with them. This time, the homegrown brand has done it by rolling out exclusive licensed merchandise featuring the international music icon that has taken both the music and fashion world by storm—Justin Bieber.

Models, celebrities, and Beliebers flocked to the launch of the coveted Oxygen X Bieber collection, which was unveiled in an exclusive shopping party at the SM Mega Fashion Hall. I witnessed a LOT of fans clamoring for the merchandise on the weeks leading up to the event, and it was amazing/ heartwarming to see them lining up outside hours before the mall opened even though the collection wouldn't have been available for them until 1 PM!

Released in partnership with Bravado and MCA Universal, the collection features street wear staples including pullovers, bomber jackets, coach jackets, caps, bags, and shirts that all draw inspiration from Bieber’s hit album, Purpose. I wore my Maybelline Loaded Bold Matte Lipstick in Pitch Black during the shopping party and it was a hit!


The first few days of June were also a hit for my artistic sensibilities. Featured above are mementos from a packed #BU13 and #BatCon and a Monday spent with talented artists Julienne, Mika, and Rian.


And HERE! The day I've been waiting for since I was 12 happened this month!




Not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes they sing and dance on stage and inspire you that if they can get through 2008 and look fabulous doing it, then you can get through anything. Britney Spears has been my personal hero since I was 12 years old and seeing her perform live last June 15 is definitely one of my life's highlights. The concert exceeded all my expectations and then some. I was SO HAPPY I cried on my way to work the next morning, you guys. I waited for this for so long, I'm still emotional even now.

24 months at the 12th day of the 6th month of the year

13 June 2017

Hello, world wide web! Jumping off from my last post, I would like to say I am alive and well. I started taking medication yesterday and I'm positive the steps I have been taking to make sure the myomas will shrink will work.

Thank you very much for your support and prayers.

Another big event happened, and I got a PANDORA charm to commemorate the occasion. It's doubly special, because it was a gift. Jeremiah and I celebrated our second anniversary yesterday, and he gifted me with a Vintage K Charm.


It's beautiful. ♥

More than the gift, I am so happy we got to spend the day doing things we love.

We had lunch at Café Lidia with his parents and his sister Chelsea, and then went to different places after. Our first stop was the Book Museum cum Ethnology Center.


Hello, I have myoma.

21 May 2017

What a roller-coaster ride this week has been.

It all started when my Mama said I should probably see an OB-Gyne for my tummy. She had myoma before and had her uterus removed along with it. I've actually noticed my stomach getting bigger but I was in denial, blaming my love for sugary treats and rice and telling myself I will just exercise more. Having my mom call me out on it was a wake-up call that I could not ignore it any longer, so I took half the day off work last Tuesday to go to my first OB-Gyne appointment since I turned 30. 

Hello, St. Luke's Medical Center. We meet again.

Side note: since I was there already, I figured I should also have my moles checked by a dermatologist. Because when a stranger at the mall tells you to have your moles checked if you don't want to suffer the same fate as his wife did, you go and have your moles checked. Good news: my mole at my right shoulder is completely harmless while my mole on my right leg turns out to be not a mole but a skin nodule that can be removed topically. 

Back to my OB-Gyne story. The doctor performed a Pap smear on me and also ordered me to have a trans-vaginal ultrasound. Yes, both procedures were as painful as they sounded. I was comforted by the fact that I didn't have to shell out more than P10,000 for the two lab tests and the doctor's consultation fee because they were covered by our company health card. Thank you, ARC PR.

One of my character flaws is that I think too much. As expected, I spent the next couple of days agonizing over the results and dreading the worst.

When Friday finally rolled around, I used my lunch-break to go back to St. Luke's for the results.

Good news, I don't have cancer. Bad news, I have myoma.

I have four of them.

Four nasty, needless, useless nuisances.

Two of them are quite large while the other two are smaller, but all of them are located inside the muscles of my uterus.

The doctor's recommendation is for me to have a Laparoscopic myomectomy, a minimally invasive procedure where the surgeon accesses and removes fibroids through several small abdominal incisions. But that would cost me upwards of P300,000(!!!) so it's not an option I can just choose anytime soon, aside from the fact I wouldn't really want any apparatus messing with my reproductive system before I'm ready to get pregnant and give birth.

Her other solution is to have a Caesarean section but personally that would be even worse because aside from injecting anesthesia on my spinal cord and cutting my abdomen open to get to my uterus (I get weak in the knees just typing that down), it would take me about two months to recover from the operation. It would also take longer before my body can recover enough to be able to get pregnant and give birth.

I cried in front of the doctor, cried in my Uber on the way back to the office, cried to my officemates, cried on the way home, cried to my Mom, and cried while messaging my boyfriend and close friends.

I was so scared that I won't be able to have a baby.

I mean, I'm not ready to have a baby now but, you know, it's nice to know that I can when my partner and I decide we're ready.

I was so scared and worried and my tears wouldn't stop coming.

It was exhausting.

My boyfriend maintained a clear and rational head through all this and proposed that we see his aunt who's also an OB-Gyne for a second opinion.

Our Saturday, usually spent on a movie- or shopping-date, was spent falling in line at the hospital, waiting for our turn so her aunt doctor can see me.

After checking my lab results and asking me the necessary questions for her diagnosis, she asked that my boyfriend go in before she discuss my condition and her recommendations since she said he will just bug her about it. It was sweet. :)

Dr. Mangubat was able to clearly explain everything to us and patiently answered all our questions about my condition. She explained that a woman may develop myoma not necessarily because of her diet nor her lifestyle; it's just something that decides to pop up without any known specific causes. The good thing is I was able to have it detected early. The best part? She assured me I can still have a baby.

She enumerated all options available for me given my current state. It was a complete relief to hear her say I didn't need to have any apparatus anywhere near my uterus as she doesn't see the need to operate on me, seeing as how I don't suffer the other symptoms that require immediate surgery. What a complete joy to breathe a sigh of relief after holding my breath the rest of the week.

I'll start medication when my next cycle starts, and I'm crossing my fingers and praying to God that all goes well.

I need to stop eating a lot of my favorite foods (like ube, dried fruits, and soya, among others) but that's a minor inconvenience I'm willing to go through if it means it can help shrink these four nuisances.

My enemy now is the TRO against birth control in the Philippines, but I guess we'll cross the bridge when we get there.

Through all these, I am thankful for my family and friends and my boyfriend and his family. What are the odds that I would have this condition and then have a boyfriend whose aunt can help? We are connected by an invisible thread, and I am so thankful this intangible string of fate led us to where we were supposed to be.


I can enumerate the many instances that prove we were destined to meet, but that's another story for another day. In the meantime, I hope you can pray with me for my quick recovery. I also hope you can sign this petition to lift the TRO. I am looking forward to getting better and healthier and, God willing, being a great Mom to my future kid/s. Thank you for reading. ♥