Very few people know this, but I have recently put up a charitable foundation with friends here and abroad that aim to provide shelter to abandoned and abused children. That foundation is called Balay Dalangpan Sg Kabataan, in Ilonggo it means “children’s refuge“. For more information, visit our website here: http://balaydalangpan.org.
We have been fortunate enough to have so far received some donations and have just concluded our first local fundraiser successfully through a garage sale. And we are only 4 months old!
Our first project is to raise enough money, at least Php 1M, to buy a lot on which to build our first house for about 12 children. We’re still a long way, but we’re getting there. We hope to be able to achieve our goal by June of this year.
Following our local fundraiser, I have decided to sponsor an online shop as another means of raising funds for our cause. I have gathered my preloved items and continue to receive donated items as well to be sold on the online store. All proceeds will go to Balay Dalangpan directly.
This is the link to the online store: http://unboreddiva.com/balaydalangpan/
I hope you can visit the site and purchase items there to help us raise funds. Please help us spread the word by liking or sharing the site. Should you wish to donate your items, please email me at [email protected]
My sister from Australia would sometimes call us on Facetime while she’s cooking dinner for her family. One time she was kneading dough on her kitchen table. Now I’m a kitchen novice so what she was doing was a little intimidating. When she explained that she was simply rolling out the store-bought dough to prep it for the fillings, I felt a little more confident. Plus, it looked really yummy. Read more ›
My sister has been raving about the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer so when she sent me a tube just the other week, I was ecstatic!
I didn’t realize that the primer would come in a neutral shade. I thought it would be either translucent or creamy white. It glides on like a concealer. Spread the primer on the upper eyelid, from the lashes up to below the eyebrow. Because I have sparse eyebrows, I decided to put some on my brows before drawing on it with my Shu Uemura Eyebrow Pencil Hard Formula Acorn 9.
My sister was right. Not only did the eyeshadow stay on for hours, but even my Shu Uemura Ultimate Natural Mascara and eyebrows lasted longer too!
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Posted in Vanity
I got so excited when my sister who lives in Australia told me that she was sending over a kokeshi for me that she saw in a vintage shop in Sydney. It took a while for it to arrive since I had to go all the way to PhilPost to claim it, but I have it now and it’s a great addition to my collection.
It’s stands about 4 inches but didn’t have any box nor name on it. It looks really old though. I wonder who the previous owner is! The shape is so unlike my other kokeshis since it actually has kimono sleeves sticking out of its body which the others don’t have. Also, the hair is painted on unlike the other kokeshis I have that have carved wood for hair. This means that this type of kokeshi is more traditional and thus older than the ones a friend from Japan got me. Fantastic! I have a traditional one!
I was saddened when I discovered that there are no new Kimmidolls in Rustan’s, just a few from the old collection. I do hope they restock!
I was curious as to why my friend Aileen was surprised that I hadn’t heard of Bag of Beans so when we went to Tagaytay for my birthday weekend, we made sure to stop by the place. Thankfully, the original Bag of Beans was right at the corner before turning towards Wilson’s Place.
We went there for drinks after lunch at Breakfast at Antonio’s. The café’s façade was quite deceiving. From the outside you’d think it was a quaint little coffee shop. We were wrong.
There were two large outdoor parking spaces for the customers that seemed to keep pouring in despite the fact that it was a Friday. The place was undergoing renovation when we got there, and the server informed me that they were having the buffet room redone. Buffet room? Read more ›
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I had to stop using products that I bought from Philosophy because I noticed that the acne on my forehead was not going away. I had never had a struggle with acne before and for some reason my forehead is oilier now so this has really been a concern for me. Adult acne is a bitch.
I decided to finally see a proper dermatologist to help me with my adult acne problem and freckles that seem to get darker when I spend a few hours under the sun. My husband insisted that I go to a Belo clinic just to experience what all the fuss was about (LOL!).
5th Level, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
Their Megamall branch is the closest our place so that’s where I went. Doc Carlo made an assessment of my skin condition based on my answers on their questionnaire and his quick examination of my face. His solution to my concern is the use of Zo Medical and optional Revlite sessions to I guess hasten the results. Read more ›
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Linking Infusionsoft with any other third-party plugin that offers API integration is usually a piece of cake. You get the API key from Infusionsoft‘s Admin settings, take note of the subdomain and enter those details into the plugin settings to activate it.
I did not have much luck while I was doing that today with the Infusionsoft Gravity Forms Add-on plugin for WordPress. Since Gravity forms was already up and have been working on my client’s website for some time now, I knew the problem had to be how the plugin communicates with Infusionsoft.
The “InputError” occurs after I enter the API key and subdomain (“xxx” in https://xxx.infusionsoft.com) and hit Submit. I searched for answers in forums and reviews but I seem to be the only one getting that error. Also, the fact that the plugin author’s last comment was dated a month ago worried me that they might no longer provide support for the free plugin. Read more ›
We’ve passed by the signs pointing to Puzzle Mansion so many times during our many trips to Tagaytay but we never got around to going to the place. All we knew was that the place literally was a Guinness record-holding mansion full of puzzles. During this latest trip, as luck would have it, Puzzle Mansion was on the way to Wilson’s Place where we stayed.
We headed off to the mansion a little before lunch. From the main road, we had to go further in and passed by these pillars that signaled the mansion was near.
We reached a guard post and a man was making a sign for us to make a left. We didn’t anticipate what we saw next. The blue and white structure can be seen from afar, but the concrete road leading to it was very steep. I know the husband hesitated going down the incline in his beloved project car, but we already made it that far and so we had no choice. The trip downhill wasn’t so bad, it turned out.
We were led to a dirt parking area which I guess they were still trying to build because there was no way they can get more people to visit what they now consider a local tourist attraction with that kind of garage.
The fee to enter the mansion was Php 100 per person, and we bought our tickets from the makeshift restaurant by the parking area that also sold coconut pie – a famous delicacy we were told. We saw this bit of Filipiniana parked outside the building. It was really eye-catching as it matched the building’s exterior colors of blue and white. Read more ›
I was pleasantly surprised to receive a LBC package just now from the Human Heart Nature delivery service when I placed my order just yesterday. The products were tightly and packed and sealed in a brown box and were wrapped in HHN paper inside to keep them secure.
It has been a challenge trying to find their products at the stores near my place and they would usually have the conditioner and not the shampoo or vice versa. So it was just great when I found out that they now ship right to my doorstep. And so quick to arrive too! I didn’t waste time to share the good news with my friends and family, especially because they also ship to the US. Their customer service is great as well. I placed the order in the late morning and a few hours later, I received a personal email from their agent letting me know that they ran out of the Mandarin Citrus scent for conditioner and can replace it with Lush Vanilla or just send my original order for me with no extra shipping charge when it becomes available. Talk about service! I didn’t mind getting the Lush Vanilla so I opted for that instead. Read more ›
We wanted to try out the different restaurants around the city while we were staying in Tagaytay for my birthday weekend, and Antonio’s was on top of our list. Unfortunately, we found out that the theme is fine dining and reservations are required. We were in our shorts and summer tops, and couldn’t wait for a month to get on their list.
And then there’s Breakfast at Antonio’s. It’s the laid-back option offered by the owner/s of Antonio’s and they serve all-day breakfast. We were there at lunchtime and we tried their very short menu for high noon. We were not disappointed.
My husband enjoyed their very tender pork ribs while I had their roast chicken with a very large side of roast potatoes. The chicken’s sauce was oh-so-yummy made up of mushroom cooked in cream and chardonnay. They marinated the chicken in orange juice, rosemary, thyme and all other good stuff that I can’t remember now, and slow-roasted for 2 hours. It was heavenly. I barely touched the potatoes because I hadn’t realized that I had ordered half a chicken. I had their pineapple-and-blueberry smoothie and it was good too, although a little too sweet for my taste. Read more ›