We purchased our tickets way ahead of time for the Sugar Ray Smashmouth Gin Blossoms concert. The event was said to start at 7pm but was delayed for an hour and we were so anxious to see the bands! Granted I’m not a big Smashmouth fan, but Sugar Ray and Gin Blossoms were staples during my college years. 90s music, baby!
The venue wasn’t jampacked as expected as it was a Monday night. We got the reserved seats at Upper Box B and the view was not so bad. These were almost the same seats as ours last year when Jason Mraz was here.
Cookie Chua and her band came out at 8pm and played some of their hits of the 90s, as well as a very good rendition of Sampaguita’s “Tao”. Our local act did not disappoint Here’s the original song for your listening pleasure:
I have been so caught up in work and a lot of other stuff that I have not been able to write here as much as I would have liked, especially to update you on the digi perm I got last January.
On my 8th month update I told you that I had still been using the Macadamia Natural Oil and up until last month, the bottle that I had was still half-full.
What changed last month? I cut my hair! The stylist at The Basement Salon took 6 inches off my tresses. I was half-expecting him to discourage me but he happily snipped away. I guess he was as bored as I was with my hair. Yes, I just got too impatient. The curls were still intact albeit loose but I just grew tired of the look and couldn’t wait to finally brush my hair again and not have to maintain it everyday with Continue reading
One month after the devastating onslaught of the strongest typhoon in recorded history, my country, the Philippines is slowly recovering. Typhoon Haiyan left thousands homeless. We still need your help.
You can now purchase relief goods directly online and donate them to the victims of the typhoon through the Philippine National Red Cross.
Click here to purchase and donate.
Thank you so much for your help!
I like auto-hiding my taskbar so that I can see everything on my screen, but for some reason, it does not appear when I have Google Chrome up. That is very annoying. Here is how to make the taskbar appear on top of Google Chrome.
We salvaged some old side tables from the husband’s family home, and I took it upon myself to restore them as well. They’ve been placed alongside our bed for the past couple of years and, because of the dark brown finish, seem to disappear into the background. I’ve decided to paint them a shade of white again like this nursery dresser because white always looks good on a blue background.
Here are photos that I took during and after the side table restoration project:
It’s my Dad’s birthday today, and his and Mom’s 56th wedding anniversary! I know he is looking down at my Mom and our family from heaven.
As for me, well we had moved to a new house with more space for me to pursue my restoration hobby. It has been raining pretty hard these days and I didn’t have much work to do so I decided to get started on the restoration of this old nursery dresser that we got from hubby’s sister before she left for Canada. She also gave us this piece that I restored last December.
I, unfortunately, forgot to take a photo of the cabinet before I worked on it, so it would be difficult to show you exactly how run-down it looked. The veneer was basically peeling off in several areas and I just had something to cover the top part. I took out the drawers and placed all the pieces over manila paper and pieces of plastic on the floor.
hammer and chisel
The first thing I did was strip the veneer off the body of the dresser. There really was no way to salvage the veneer and I did hesitate to peel it off at first because this is my first peeling job but I did find some good resources online. Because the piece was already a bit rundown, I didn’t have a hard time taking off the veneer save for some areas where it was really glued on. I read some tips to use a flat iron and a cloth but my flat iron is way too precious for me to use it on this restoration job. I just took a flat chisel and hammered my way inch by inch until I had everything peeled off. I only worked on it for about 1-2 hours a day and it took around 4 days for me to finish the peeling.
In my quest for going au naturel in the products that I use for my face, hair and body, I chanced upon this post about the use of Moroccan Argan Oil. It’s interesting the facts that surround this very expensive oil.
No, it isn’t an essential oil. Yes, it comes from the argan tree that grows only in Morocco (and is now considered endangered by the UNESCO) but how it’s extracted is the fun part.
Argan oil extraction is a project for the women of Morocco, particularly the Berbers. The oil is extracted from kernels inside the nut from the tree. The nuts are very hard to crack and cannot be processed by a machine so it has to be manually done. Not sure if this is true, but they say that goats climb up the argan tree, eat the nuts and the kernels are produced from their excrements (disgusted yet?) that the women gather and process for argan oil. This reminds me of the Kopi Luwak gathered from monkey’s feces! Continue reading
8th month digi perm
It’s been 8 months since I got my digi perm. My curls have definitely become looser, but I actually prefer it this way now. The waves look more natural. I’ve had two colors done on my tresses in the past 8 months, and a trim on my layers just last week. Interestingly, the salon kept asking me where I had my highlights done and when because they still showed through even with the subsequent coloring. Hats off to Alex Carbonell!
I can safely say that whenever you feel like the curls are gone, washing your hair will bring them back. I still haven’t been tempted to brush my locks although I sort of do a lot of detangling in the shower using my fingers. Continue reading
By now you must have a pretty good idea of how much I love Gmail. I have been tinkering with that for so long that I didn’t bother to look at all the other stuff that are freely available to me on the dark Google bar on top of my Gmail inbox.
My client base was steadily increasing and I had meetings left and right. I was in a panic! Sure I had the generic calendar on my iPhone that I used for reminders, but it still didn’t provide me with the ease and functionality that I needed.
One day, one of my clients asked me to fix her scheduling system that was tied to her Google calendar.
I felt like a child opening her presents on Christmas day! (Yes, I am such a geek and I love it!). I soon started using my own calendar to plot my meetings and reminders to complete tasks. Best of all, it integrates with my iPhone calendar system. Continue reading
My hair has grown really long! I’ve only just noticed it because it’s always up in a bun, what with the really hot and humid weather. As expected, my waves have moved down and loosened, but still very much noticeable, especially after washing it. It’s true what they say that the curls do come alive again after showering.
My vanity fund (haha!) is getting drained fast by my constant use of Kerastase’s Oleo-Curl (a big dollop a day after shower). I use up an entire 150ml bottle in about two weeks! So I decided to look for a more affordable (but not cheap!) alternative. On one of our Sunday trips to Makati, I walked by Piandre at Greenbelt 1 and saw this new line of products in their window display. I must confess, it was the packaging that got me. The earthy look promised all-natural ingredients used in the product.