Gift guide · Holiday · Life · Live, love, laugh

Packing for our holiday in the Philippines and what is filipino pasalubong?

We are going on a family holiday to the philippines again this August and as our flight is getting nearer I have start packing and I have accumulated so much shopping I have collected in preparation for our holiday.

Everytime we go for a holiday to the philippines, I always buy new things for everyone, it's become a habit but I always do it early if I know we're going. I shop around from the sales and buy clothes and other things as gifts and toiletries etc. I buy for my kids, my husband and of course for myself 🙂

Here is what I have packed so far, and this is not final yet as I still have a few items bought online which haven't arrived yet and I need more shopping trips to buy chocolates for family and friends in the philippines.

For me

I must admit, I'm a bit of a shopaholic and I have so many clothes that I don't know what to bring anymore lol, I feel like I wanted to bring my whole closet but I can't. I bought so much new stuff from the sales but I still have loads of new clothes to pack. I will probably just pack loads and giveaway some of them as a pasalubong (gift).

For hubby

Since it's my husband's birthday while we are away, I have bought him loads of new summery clothes to wear in the philippines. It's an early birthday present, but shhh I got them mostly from the sales 😉 and yes they are mostly from H&M. 

For my daughter

My teenage daughter has her own fashion taste and style, according to her she doesn't really want most of the clothes I buy for her  (teenagers, who'd have em!?), so I let her have a browse online and treat her a shopping spree for stuff she wants to use on our holiday. We will probably put the kids stuff in hand carry luggage as we need a lot of space for pasalubong, which I will tell you about in a bit.

Every time I see a clothes sale I can't resist buying for my boys. I even bought them the same t shirt each so they will look like a twins lol I just like them matching, even if there is a few years between them. 

Hubby's shopping spree

Hubby went shopping as well and bought even more so that's another thing to add to our luggage.

What is filipino pasalubong?

Pasalubong is a popular Filipino tradition of bringing home something from your travels for your loved ones back at home. It can be a simple souvenir you got from the places that you went to or food that you have tried and want to bring home with you.

Pasalubong can also be a gift given to you by someone who just came from other place in the Philippines or abroad.
Often, pasalubong is associated with people traveling abroad and are coming back home, who we call balikbayan. So people returning from out of the country, like us, are almost always carrying a lot of gifts from the country that they have been to that they will be giving to those who they left here in the Philippines. However, pasalubong can also be taken the other way around. It can be something you give to other people abroad that came from the Philippines when you travel out of the country.

So far, I have pack this but I have more so they will take the space on our 2 main luggage. All of this will go to our family and friends in the philippines as our pasalubong. It's very expensive to go home for a holiday in the philippines but it feels awkward to go empty handed without giving any presents to them since it has become a tradition for us Filipinos to share blessings and be generous with anything we can give.

food · Interests and Hobbies · Life

Filipino Bibingka or rice cake | #foodiefriday

I wanted to share with you one of our native food from the Philippines which is called bibingka. This is a sweet food that made with glutinous rice and coconut milk but since I don’t have a complete ingredients I just try to recreate it. I have learned this through my sister inlaw who loves cooking. 

Ingredients :

  • Glutinous rice
  • Coconut Milk
  • Condensed milk as a substitute to sugar and to caramelised it on top
  • Banana leaf ( you can buy it from the Asian shop )
  • Coconut string (optional )

Procedure :

  • Mix coconut milk and condensed milk to the glutinous rice and mix it.

  • Put some oil on the banana leaf to avoid sticking 
  • Put the mixture on it and put it in the oven for 180 degree Celsius for 10 minutes you can see when it’s cook. 

  • When it’s nearly cook add condensed milk on top to caramelised it then put it back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes till it gets brown 

  • Once cook take it out and you can eat it while it’s warm or when it has cool down.

  • This is what it looks like if you add it with coconut string. Enjoy!
Accessories · Health & Beauty · Life · Product review

No no micro hair removal review | #triedtested

I was sent to try and test this nono hair remover. I don't have that much hair on my arms and legs so when it comes to hair removal, it's just my underarm that concern me. I usually shave them as I find plucking painful and takes so long. I want everything quick, like shaving, but my problem is that they grow quickly and I needs to shave several times a week to keep it at bay.

I have seen good and bad reviews of the nono hair remover and to see its price which is £149.99 I thought it's a bit pricey so it has to be worth it. Personally, I was scared to use it the first time because I don't know how to properly use it. It's important that you read the user manual.

The package content included :

  • No no micro
  • Charger
  • Pouch / bag
  • Wide and narrow tip
  • Cleaning brush for the tip
  • Accessories

First charge it took at least 5 hours. It comes with 2 tips: Narrow tip for small sensitive areas like face, neck, underarm, and bikini line. Wider tip for large areas like the arms, chest and back.

Before using it you have to make sure that the area is clean and dry and free of any chemical such as cream and deodorants etc. I would also recommend practicing on smooth and even skin surface like your legs or arms before moving to face, underarm and bikini line.

You glide the no no micron at 90 degree angle, with the roller flat against your skin and the logo facing in the direction you are travelling. You have to glide one way only and use a steady, smooth and even motion. When you are gliding at the proper speed, a blue light will be steady. You may need to glide 4-6 passes then buff after each treatment. Also when using it, you may notice a burning smell because the pulse is meant to target hair follicle, not just the hairs themselves, to slow down the growth of hair for semi permanent hair removal. 

I have noticed that it has slowed down the growth of my underarm hair since using it but when it comes to removing hair, it won't immediately remove my under arm hair as fast as shaving, it is definitely a long term treatment. 

Conclusion

Personally, at first few uses I felt that it hadnt really removed a lot of hair and I thought that it's not working for me. However, to be fair with the no no micron hair removal, it's meant to be use through a period of time before seeing a result. It takes time and patience as everyone has a unique pattern of hair growth. This will work easier for thinner hair compare to thicker hair. I've notice that when I tried it on my arm hair which is thinner compare to my underarm's hair which is thicker. 

You also have to be careful when using it as you might get burn or your skin gets too warm. Personally, I don't know if I can justify the price because it didn't easily remove the hair on my underarm. Maybe this isn't good for a quick or instant result but for a long term use. If you ever buy this product, make sure you give it a try for a longer period time before deciding and have a look for a return and refund policy. The warranty period is valid for 1-2 years in Europe.

Now, it's up to you to decide weather it's a nono hair or no buy!

Disclosure : Item was sent for me for the purpose of this review post. However, all thoughts and opinion are my own.

Fitness · Health · Health & Beauty · Life · Live, love, laugh

How Much Is Your Health Worth?

At a time where people live longer, staying healthy has never been so important. Living longer is one thing; enjoying life to the fullest is another. Health is at the core of the possibilities and joy that you get in life. Without health, a lot of what you enjoy doing can become a lot more difficult to handle. So this raises the question of how much your health is worth to you, in terms of monetary investment, efforts, time, and involvement in issues of a bigger scale. How much are you ready to invest in preserving your health and make the most of your time on the planet?


Healthy fitness

You are worth the best

First things first, you are in charge of your health. Consequently, you are in charge of finding the best possible ways to maintain or recover it. Since 2015, the NHS allows patients to register to the GP of their choice, even if your home is out of the boundary area for the surgery. It might sound like an irrelevant fact, but it means that you can choose a GP you trust. Additionally, you can also cut the waiting time and the queue by registering as a private patient to the http://samedaydoctor.org/ organisation, as it means that you can arrange for a same day appointment. The waiting is exactly what could put your health at risk. The earlier a health condition is diagnosed, the earlier you can get better.

You deserve some escapism

With more and more people suffering from stress-related conditions – from a burnout syndrome to depression – it’s essential to remind yourself of the role of the me time. You do need to take a break from your stressful job or relationship to relax. Stress is an invisible beast that has dreadful consequences on your health. It exhausts you, it makes you worry all the time, and it upsets you.You need to break out of this vicious circle before it eats your sanity away. Your health depends on your ability to take some time for yourself.

You should bother with a healthy lifestyle

If you think that exercising and eating healthy food is for others, then you need to think again, as https://bloguvib.wordpress.com/ explains. Your body is the only machine that keeps you alive and healthy. Taking care of it might sound like a chore for some people, but if you don’t, it will deteriorate and will develop faults. Heart weaknesses, diabetes, joint pain, etc. These health conditions are the result of not looking after your body. A healthy lifestyle might sound dull sometimes, but it’s the only way to live to the fullest.

Your health and the planet’s are linked

If you live in a big urban area, you’ve probably noticed some health reactions each time there is a peak of pollution. Red eyes, cough, maybe even slight asthma, these are only some of the effects of pollution on the human body. Some patients have even been known to develop ADHD! The global climate change is also increasing the risk of pollution, and therefore your health risks. It might sound childish but making the planet a greener place is the only guarantee of living a longer and healthier life. Embrace the ecological movement as a way to maintain your health. Being healthy is certainly worth recycling your litter or driving a hybrid car.

Can you make the world a greener place?

*Collaborative post

food · Interests and Hobbies · Life · Live, love, laugh

Filipino mango ice candy or ice lolly | #foodiefriday

Since it’s summer, we want something cold and refreshing. It remind me of the filipino style ice candy or similar to ice lolly

So I thought I would try to create one and flavoured it with mango.

Ingredients :

  • Ripe fresh Mango or mango slice from the tin
  • Evaporated milk or water ( optional )
  • Condensed milk 
  • Mango flavourings ( optional )
  • Double cream 
  • Ice candy bag ( bought it from the philippines ) not sure where to get it here in the uk

Procedure :

  • Purée the mango 

  • Add condensed, evaporated milk and double cream to the puréed mango 

  • Blender the mixture and put it in the ice candy bag and freezer it. Once it hardened you can enjoy your flavoured mango ice lolly. It taste like a milkshake or ice cream. The texture is super soft. 

    Health · Health & Beauty · Life · Live, love, laugh

    Seasonal Suffering: Staying Healthy Come Rain Or Shine

    We’ve all been there. Whether it’s pouring down outside or the sun has made a rare appearance, seasonal illnesses can really take their toll. If you’re keen to stay fighting fit come rain or shine, here are some top tips.

    Flu and colds

    It may be warm outside now, but the nights have already started to draw in, and before we know it, we’ll be swapping beer gardens and rooftop restaurants for cosy nights on the sofa. With the arrival of cooler weather and grey skies comes the inevitable spike in coughs, colds, and flu. Unfortunately, these viral illnesses tend to spread like wildfire, and if you hear somebody coughing on the train or there have been a few people off sick at work, you can almost guarantee that you’ll wake up with a runny nose and thick head a few days later. Colds and coughs aren’t generally anything to worry about, but if you are at risk of flu, it’s a good idea to consider having a vaccine. You can either see your GP, attend a flu clinic at the surgery or use alternative services like this pharmacy that offers flu vaccinations. If you have asthma, your immune system is compromised, or you are pregnant, you may be invited to have a vaccine. If you’re not on the list, you can still have a vaccination, but you’ll probably have to pay for it. If you are struck down with a winter cold, get plenty of rest, wrap up warm, stock up on vitamins, and take painkillers if you have a high temperature or you feel achy.

    Image taken from http://www.freestockphotos.biz/stockphoto/17095

    Hay fever

    Do you spend the spring and summer months sneezing and wiping the tears that are streaming down your cheeks? Most of us look forward to summer, but if you suffer from hay fever, the arrival of brighter days may not be so welcome. If you have an itchy nose, irritated eyes or a runny nose, and you haven’t been diagnosed with hay fever before, see your doctor. If you do have hay fever, there are lots of different types of medication you can try. Antihistamine tablets are often recommended. They block the body’s immune response when you come across pollen or grass, preventing the release of histamine. This should reduce the severity of your symptoms. You can also buy nasal sprays and eye drops. If you are taking tablets, look out for options that don’t cause drowsiness. It’s a good idea to wear sunglasses and to keep your windows closed if you have severe hay fever.

    Image credit https://www.flickr.com/photos/97481684@N08/13397331035

    If you spend most of the year blowing your nose or wiping your eyes, it’s time to banish seasonal suffering for good. If you’re prone to catching colds or you’re at risk of flu in the winter, or you suffer from hay fever in the summer, there are treatments out there. It may not be possible to dodge every cold this winter, but washing your hands on a regular basis and having a flu jab could help you to stay healthy when colder climes arrive. If you’re struggling with hay fever, ask your doctor about therapies or take a trip to your local pharmacy.

    *collaborative post

    Health & Beauty · Interests and Hobbies · Life · Make up · Product review

    Quick and simple make up routine

    Being a busy working mum, make up is not my priority hence I don’t use make up everyday. I don’t have the time to do so, but if I ever have a spare time, my make up routine is very quick and simple.

    1. I use BB cream not foundation because BB cream is mostly all in one. I will tell you the difference between BB cream and foundation based from the Internet.

    BB Cream
    Depending on the company selling it, “BB” either stands for “blemish balm” or “beauty balm.” It actually does the job of several of your favorite products, including
    Facial serum
    Tinted moisturizer
    Sunscreen
    Foundation
    What’s made BB creams so popular is their all-in-one approach. Each label has its own formula, but many are designed to do everything from healing acne to minimizing wrinkles and dark spots. As far as coverage goes, BB creams fall somewhere between tinted moisturizer and foundation.

    BB creams are known for giving you a dewy, airbrushed look. They’re great for days when you want a little coverage but don’t want to look “made up” — when you’re visiting the beach, for instance. Just remember that SPF ratings are based on a generous application. If you’re applying BB cream sparingly, you’re not going to get the full protection, so you’ll want to wear sunscreen, too.

    Foundation
    The are even more variations in foundation than in BB creams. In general, while most foundations contain sunscreen, they don’t actually improve your skin the way BB creams do. On the other hand, they provide better coverage. If you want to conceal blemishes and blotchiness or add a little color — or if you just prefer a matte finish — you’ll probably want to stick with foundation. Just remember that you’ll still need to use moisturizer and sunscreen.

    2. I use any baby or face powder. Loose powder is great on the go. It keeps you fresh and you can apply anytime you want.

    3. Blusher, nowadays blusher can be multipurpose. I use it for my cheek and as eyeshadow just for a bit of glow look.

    4. I personally recommend 3D mascara when it comes to lengthening of your lashes. I also like to curl my eyelashes before and after applying mascara. It does open my eyes more and make them look bigger.

    5. Any lipstick or lipgloss would do just to put a bit of colour.

    So that’s it’s, quick and simple make up routine. No fuss and not complicated. If you are like me who want everything quick and easy then this is for you. I don’t want to put too much stuff on my face. I just want to freshen up my look whenever I have time, otherwise I still prefer natural look.

    Remember ” Beauty is in the eye of beholder ”

    Here is an example of my quick and easy make up routine.