Monday, July 17, 2017

MOTHERHOOD // PERSONAL GROWTH

  Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.



Life has been busy as of late. There's an added things I'm working out with and in time I will share it with you all. There's something about changing routine that keep me excited about and at the same time feeling drain at the end part of the day. Who's with me? I'm that kind of lady who wants to get things done, like to finish what I've started. Multi tasking if or as you call it. I don't know if that's a good point or not but what I know now is that I able to find balance within the busy hours and what could give me bliss if I want to slow it down. Like taking time off on weekends is a great way for inner peace and self care. I'm still on the process of getting use to it, and so far, loving the results.



I have been writing so much about motherhood, a day in the life and some of my personal beauty interest in between this space for a long while. Motherhood journey is so fulfilling and the hardest, but greatest job I have that I can't imagine to fulfill and to reward myself with. But let's talk about you! Yes! You only, as a person, as a lady, as a mother.


Have "emptiness" came across your mind? Don't get me wrong, but this is inline to all moms who live the life in a corporate world, nine to five jobs, traveling, excelling in their fields, did build their careers before taking care of the household. Taking care with all the household chores. by. yourself. Eventually have a nani ( praise! ) or a babysitter. Or none at all. Then life revolves.


I will be honest, though as to these day I'm living the life that I dreamed of having and that means taking care of my kids and to witness how they grow, to nurture them without the interruption of going to the required job field that I'm into before. But there are days, a part of me, sometimes, that felt like I'm stuck. That's something is missing. Does motherhood or mothering if you call it feels like these? Or do you ever felt this kind? How do you react to your feelings when these thoughts goes all over your mind?


I think there's something about productivity issue as a part of personal interest? What do you think? This is one of the reason why I started writing before. I don't think it's a postpartum issue, or maybe. I don't know. I don't ever had the chance to think it that way before. I started the blog six months after giving birth to my youngest, Iya. I think motherhood doesn't  come by losing your own self. That there's a place or a part for you to grow within your liking in terms of how your time gonna deal with it, and how will you cover yourself to grow without the hindrance in your motherhood journey.

Now I came to a point why there are mothers who graduated from college in their 50's or to be in the prime of business at their golden years. Maybe this is because they only continue what they have left behind. A part of them that has been freeze for a moment to welcome motherhood. That letting your family live to the fullest and seeing your child grow from tiny humans to the best or ( worst)  person he becomes is the most fulfilling and rewarding part that comes the journey of life. The best part. That you can't turn back. Time.

Sometimes it's always best to keep on looking for the solution than to get stuck on the problem. Don't you think so?

Time will come that everything will be alright. Good luck to us moms! May God fulfill whatever our hearts desire.


Till then,
Angie



Sunday, July 9, 2017

HOME // KITCHEN PROJECT

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Ten months ago we move to our forever home and from that time on the endless popping of projects and inspirational home designs never ends. Though we are not on the boat that can easily do what we wanted in one time, as we wish, but already appreciate the progress that we did within almost a year of stay.

Slowly as months flew by we able to replace some of our old appliances and added new furnitures in between, like the bed that the husband gifted to me as a surprise on mother's day that I appreciate whole heartedly. But the one that makes me happy is the refrigerator that can fit the needs for a family of six. Anyone who loves to cook and always be in the kitchen would understand this thought, i think. It's been long overdue to have one but I'm always the one skeptical as I would rather have it when the "move" happens. And just one happy mama here that all of that orderly put into place.

And now the time comes that we get to focus on the kitchen and it will be the one major point in our home and the one that got me excited about. I've been looking forward for these day to happen since the time I stepped down to the property and glad we are on the planning stage and the lay out of prints, the first part. Though from the start I know that this improvement means a months to a year of work since budget is a big factor. But slowly as it is I'm excited and positive that the project will push through and I'm not complaining. And from time to time I will post some on instagram stories for some snaps. 

From these day forward I'm looking forward for white walls, marble slabs and open windows that goes with the kitchen interiors. There's something about white walls that got me always, so that, I wanted to incorporate to our kitchen. And, the husband approves. As a minor improvement, son1 and I are on this project together on painting our peachy beige rooms to white walls,  ( And there are so many shades of white,  I'm confused!😯 ) while he is free from school, and this mama take advantage of that time.😘 I love the idea that each of them have a role to impart, that makes our stay and memories to our forever home unforgettable.

Do any of you undergo home improvements nowadays? What kind? It is so exciting, no? But I know it also impart a lot of stress, what's the catch at your end. But somehow, it is included on the process and anyone undergo to that, right? I'm sure it will be a fulfilling sight at the end of us.

Till then

Saturday, July 1, 2017

MOTHERHOOD // A DAY IN THE LIFE


How come it's July already? Days come too quick that when you don't take it slow there's so many moments that will be left behind. Don't you think so? The heat is still on considering Philippines is a tropical country but am glad rainy days started, atleast the headache of this lady will be gone away. Too much heat makes me sick.

On the other note, school year officially started here and it's another reason for us to adjust. Early morning wake up calls and early call for bedtime is the main key that makes the difference. It will take a month or so before our system get to adjust to the new routine, I think. It doesn't come easier as new season comes for me as a mother. Sometimes I forgot things on how I manage to adjust to the previous season and survive the beautiful "chaos" of motherhood until I pause for a while and carve an alone time, to take a deep breath and reflect. Meditate. This trick as I call it, never fails. It always help me to stand strong and to stand still. I think there's no such thing that you could "master" the craft as everyone of us have a different path to pursue and undertake. Though we only have a mission and that is to do the best we can for our children.


I listed down some notes below that personally gives me an easier balance in my day routine. I have tried and tested several things but these are only what is left that has given me much help to make life easier and to put anxiety at bay. Feel free to share yours. Motherhood is a beautiful community that unites, so anything good you say might be of help to others too, right?

1. As much as possible I do the laundry chores on a day to day basis. ( If not, succeeding day should be double loads )
2. On weekdays, our meals are cook before supper double purpose for the next day kids pack lunch. for school. However,  I'm trying these time to pack newly cook rice with it.
3. Doing as short as fifteen minutes Pilates is a sanctuary to begin my day with. 
4. Cultivating soil and a touch of greeney is within my nature so a routine with the plants helps to calm my senses.
5.  And for Friday, to say hello to the weekend we started a routine last year with the two youngest to eat out after school so they can do what they want at night. If that makes to go early to bed or to stay late at night. It's up to them, I mean it's friday, right? The bottom line is we are still having our dinner together, may it be outside or infront of our dining table at home.    
6. Alone time. May it be sipping my morning cup of coffee, going to supermarket ( which I fond to do by the way ) or a time for wellness; spa or a trip to salon. It makes me feel like I did'nt deprive myself to look and feel good eventhough my time is almost cut out on household chores. I know i don't need to elaborate on this part and you know what I mean. Don't you? Hello, self esteem!  
7. Weekdays and that means five days of multi tasking is all what is needed to be done that's why I came out to this decision to slow down on Saturdays and Sundays. All major chores will be put at bay and schedule only for weekdays. Petty things can be done on weekends but that's it! I started to tell myself to be good on my well being and take time to rest. In the first place it's hard when a mom got sick. It's proven that our home will somewhat collapse.   
                          
Nowadays I am happy the way motherhood is to me. It now comes back to those time that it's only more on physical chaos. Like the never ending laundry that I think will forever be my kryptonite ha ha! The emotional struggles passed it's phase and I'm thankful for His guidance that gives me light and hope to those times. I know it doesn't come yet to an end since life is a roller coaster ride. But I'm grateful that He help me show the life on how to live in contentment, hope and peace even though there can be times that you're sleeping in a torn of roses. Everything in life comes easy when you surrender it all up to Him. 

And to top it all, though we all have our "struggles" and blah about our day to day but in our heart and in our mind and to our core, the passion and love never fades. That's why each one of us strive hard to reach out and unite because the spark of love is burning so strong that even struggles will not defeat us. Big hugs to all of you that is been on this journey.





Tuesday, June 20, 2017

WHAT I AM LOVING RIGHT NOW // RECENT FAVORITES


I have crossed out some of my bucket list last month, some came as a gifts which I emailed to have a hint 😉 while the others I personally purchase. Isn't it's lovely to receive a gift that you just love and know you could use? Atleast, it works.


It's been a while that I am eyeing for Marc Jacobs Beauty cosmetics after the brand release the air blush soft glow duo line sometime last year. However, I'm on this mantra to limit the wants and go for the needs first, so I prioritize the foundation and added a tube of lipstick which the color I could not resist, hello pink! I just hope I have that courage to brace myself not to purchase their blush sometime soon. But knowing it's now available to purchase locally online here is a great factor to consider...and to discipline myself- to wait! ha! Like lipstick, there's no term like too many blush, right? Are you too on it? I think I should post about that sometime soon. What do you think?✨


By now it's not new to some of you most especially to those who's along with me on instagram that lately I'm fond of Laneige skincare. I have extended my little growing skincare from their eye cream which I reviewed here, to using their time freeze firming sleeping mask last month, which is by the way much better to use with the roller supposedly, for an intensive result. I used the mask every other night, after cleansing, toning and applying serum. I love the lifting effect and the dewy look it gives in the morning. As of now, Laneige never fails to surprise me, and after using their serum sample and saw good results, I think my love for the brand will not yet end sometime soon.


I also added a bottle of Mario Badescu Collagen moisturizer with spf 15 after loving the Aha & Ceramide moisturizer. The latter has been a part of my skincare routine started late last year I alternate them from using in the morning and so far loving the results on me. It's not that you can see instant results but as a maintenance, it's a good choice. If you are too on the look out for a budget friendly skincare line and won't like to splurge too much but want to see good results, this one is for you. The Mario Badescu aha & ceramide is great for skin renewal, lightens the skin and easily absorb by the skin after application, a must if you are applying make up afterwards, while the collagen moisturizer helps to tighten and lift the skin overtime. 







Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A VISIT TO LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR



Finally we find time to fix the schedules and go on with our plan this summer. It has been early plan but rescheduled due to small things. Glad we able to pursue the vacation and we are far more excited. Still exploring the north part of the country, in Bataan ( Luzon ) this time, There's so much pretty places to visit and hopeful to cross out all our bucket list as long as we have  the chance each year. 




It's been on my bucket list to visit Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar the first time i saw photos roaming around in social media. There's something about the place that brings me back to my childhood days. Looking back, our house then is made of nipa ( a roof that is made of leaves ) with planks of wood as a wall and flooring.That time, though modern architectures rises, there's still apart in our hood that retain their heritage homes. Lucky i must say to witness that type of beauty then. I am always at awe with the architecture and structure of heritage homes, may it be a simple home like ours then or a lavish mansion with a pedestal like stairs and a huge "silong"  ( ground floor open basement; a space below the house )  where you can laid back in a hammock, even having a few baskets as a nest where chickens can lay eggs, a beautiful memories to reminisce. For a girl who grew up to no means of transportation aside from walking back then embraces the beauty of it in a day to day basis. It's like a metamorphosis, to bring you back in the past while navigating the mind what is like to live in that era. When you live in countryside, there's a part of you dreaming to live in the city but when that time comes, going back to your roots and seeing the same environment is a comfort zone. It feels like home, would you agree?




That's what I felt the first time I saw Las Casas in photos, and to see the place with my own eyes is far more beautiful and overwhelming. The female employees who wore a "baro at saya" ( pre- colonial / traditional clothing ) in the reception area and the male who wore a "kawal" ( soldier ) suit makes a big impact as you enter the premises and see them roaming around the place. It's like you enter the Spanish colony that time. It mesmerized all of us, most especially my son. Then the accommodation place, aaaahh all wooden. The flooring, big planks of woods, the huge "capiz " windows ( the bivalve shell found especially in the Philippines ) as well as the wooden armoire ( "aparador" as we call it ) with full length mirror infront, the way it used to be. Gorgeous. The bathroom is huge with an old detailing that opens up a nice and history type of conversation to us, while taking time to rest. A good start.





Las Casas is like a "Disneyland" to people who grew up with the same type of environment. It's a happy and therapeutic place that every sight is a dream. And, I don't mind coming back there alone, with a friend or with my whole crew once again in the future. It's a place that you won't mind coming back at all, like the way you reminisce your life back in your yester years. A nostalgia. As a note, the place is hot and humid and the aircondition rooms is a big help. Planting more trees to grow lush and green is a great way to cope to the tropical summer heat. I can imagine how exciting to walk and even jog with huge trees all over the side walks. An everyday bliss. A big factor that I think every guests concern. I also hope that the management will be keen and maintain the place well, like they do now, for the future generation to see and for us to keep coming back along. For this type of place and beauty, repair and maintenance is the main key. I hope they all look into that. Aside from that, the place is breath taking.





The concept of the owner in making this project is genius and helpful. For a type of country who don't have enough budget to restore an old structures, De Acuzar is a gem on doing that. So sad to see buildings and houses like these are almost wear and tear nowadays. It's like burying the heritage that we once saw and live before. A part of me, us to some, or to all who once live in the same ancestral homes. There is so much to do in Las Casas aside from swimming and sight seeing, an added few days of stay is perfect to enjoy all the resort amenities, take note to that.





Over all, moments like these are treasure in a lifetime, Such a blessing to experience this as a family. So happy to impart a part of our summer vacation that will live in the memories of our children, to be a sort of foundation, to turn back to happy times and smile. A needed boost when they have seizure in their own life someday, Grateful for this moment, a vacation that we all needed to renew and freshen up. A reward in a day life. Don't you think? 




What you are up to this vacation? Is summer started at your end? Hope you enjoy the season to the fullest. Till then.









Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar
Baranggay Ibaba, Bagac 2107
Bataan, Philippines



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