Librong Worm Part 1: The Happiness Project

Hi!! :D

I know I haven’t posted a single blog for the 2nd quarter of the year okay -_- Well except for the Megadeth blog (albeit posted in August, it happened in July so technically it’s not counted). I had to go through a lot of stuff and did not get the chance to blog. Hence, this post shall be tagged as the come-back blog! Yay! Hahaha.

I’ve always wanted to finish reading a book pero, ewan ko ba, it’s always either tatamarin ako magbasa when the story gets boring, OR, makakalimutan ko na may tina-try pala akong tapusin na libro! For realz! *And the Laziest of the Laziest-est Ass award goes to..* When I downloaded iBooks it never had a single content until just about 2 months ago. But I had crappy stuff downloaded on it so, meh, hindi pa rin sya naging interesting.    :( I’ve got site recommendations for eBook downloads but it didn’t work. UNTIIIIIL, Karen suggested I’d try ePub Bud. Okay naman! Pero may kulang pa rin. (But was a BIG help! Yay thanks Karen!) And when KC read my tweet about my ‘progressing’ eBook collection, she sent me a total of 360 MB of eBooks on email! -7 batches of compressed files, wazzap?! Very supportive! Hahahaha And it had some eBook versions of those I’ve been eyeing on Fully Booked for sooo long! Haaay. So many books, so little time -_-

I’ve decided to give this book the first shot. I love the attractive cover btw. Heehee

*Click the image to get redirected to The Happiness Project site!

I have to say that this book is living up to its name. I know because, I’m only on my 3rd night of reading it and I’m already on the 327th page (out of 1092)! I swear this time I can see myself finishing this book, I sweaarrr. I find it helpful at making its readers realize in details, the value of the things we do to attain happiness and that there is more to it than just a mere feeling. CHARRRR!

Kidding aside, I personally think that it’s a great book and it’s something that uplifts the spirit, and provides optimism! A perfect pick-me-upper, it is definitely worth your time.

What books/eBooks do you enjoy reading now? :P

Cheers!

Let’s talk about beauty! Clinique, Kiehl’s, The Body Shop

My job entails having client meetings e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y plus a lot of walking. You can even hire me as a Greenhills tour guide should you need one. When I was younger, I didn’t know what kind of life existed along Annapolis Street. In fact, I didn’t even know it exists, ever. Hahaha. Okay my point is, hindi ba sobrang dyahe humarap sa kliyente pag pawis pawis ka na? Tapos yung face mo, makakaubos ng isang roll ng tissue pag nag-blot ka ng oil. I’ve always had a very oily and blemish-prone skin. I would’ve not splurge on good quality makeup if not for my bad skin. Also, the problem with me is that I’m very low maintenance. Just like going on a diet, I always tell myself to be more conscious and have a habit for taking care of my skin, and it doesn’t really happen. So I thought I would need something dependable.. a quality product that I could trust to give me excellent results.. WITHOUT requiring extra effort.

A couple of months ago, I went to Rustan’s Shang and got myself a Clinique toner.

If you are a fashion/wellness geek, you would know that Clinique products don’t come cheap. Thankfully, the sales rep gave me a couple of freebies (a cleanser and moisturizer) to try. Currently, I haven’t really consumed everything yet. I bought a tea tree oil cleanser from The Body Shop which I thought I could use more frequently. Initially, it was doing fine. I loved the cool feeling after washing but eventually, I started breaking out and decided to stop using it. Sorry Body Shop fans, but I think they have the worst products ever. I have such high expectations on them since they use organic and earth friendly materials, but I was disappointed. It did not do wonders for me, and I am not amazed at all so.. there. Even some of the Body Shop cosmetics I’ve tried are failures. Okay maybe “failure” is a harsh word. “Unsatisfactory”, maybe. I’m not saying that this goes the same for everyone, but atleast for the quality-vs.-quantity shopper me.

About three weeks ago, I was in Trinoma and I dropped by at the Kiehl’s kiosk. I’ve been wanting to try Kiehl’s for a long time now but I didn’t see the need then, until now that I got really serious about investing on a healthy skin. Somebody introduced Celeteque (their anti-acne line) to me so I bought (just two weeks ago), a skin clearing moisturizer. I’m liking it so far. It comes with an unscented, gel-type formula which I use before applying makeup and it gives me a matte finish! I love it that it doesn’t cause breakouts on my skin. I think I’m pretty happy with it so when I went to Kiehl’s, I just looked for something that would treat my pores. Oo na kung ano ano na pinagbibili ko. Hahahaha

Henry, the sales rep, recommended Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion to me, which is also a bestseller according to him. I’ve heard a lot of good reviews about Kiehl’s so I thought, why not give it a chance like everybody did? Although, let’s not forget about the price. Hehe. Henry assured me of the results so to keep me from doubting further, he gave me A LOT of freebies! Yay! By “A LOT”, I mean 4. :)

I’ve tried the lotion and I’m happy with the instant results! It’s very lightweight, and it dries quickly. Also, my skin felt so soft! I haven’t seen any dramatic pore-minimizing action yet, and I’m not expecting any in the next couple of days since I just started using it. Hopefully, there would be gradual improvements. I’m excited to try the freebies!

Now there are a few tips that I would like to impart to the girls out there who are daredevil shoppers like me. First, try searching for reviews about the product you’re eyeing on before actually making a purchase. Also, Quality vs. Quantity! If you think it would really work for you but the price is a little too off your budget, then don’t hold back yourself: It’s going to be worth it! But if the reviews tell you otherwise or if the price doesn’t give the product a justification, then scratch it off your list. Just because it’s expensive and all the celebrities use it, doesn’t mean it will do wonders for your skin too. Know your skin type, and read the labels!

-Love,

Joanna

Gayuma ni Maria

I remember Krisha (I shall have a picture of her posted in this blog, soon. hahaha) inviting me to hit Maginhawa Street and try out this restaurant called Gayuma ni Maria (which roughly means Love Potion of Maria). The restaurant name itself is thought-provoking so I gave her a laugh in response to the invite. Don’t get me wrong, I got so curious and thought it was a very interesting place. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a single chance to go there so I grabbed the opportunity of paying it a visit after THE Lou shoot at UP. Hahaha.

It was kind of hard to find because it’s a little too far from the “food district” of Maginhawa. This one is almost near Anonas. Plus they didn’t have flashy signs, so to avoid difficulties spotting it, keep your eyes focused along the street! It looks pretty much like a residential house turned into a restaurant. Good news! It has ample parking space so, yay! This restaurant has an aphrodisiac concept. Everything, as in EVERYTHING is in accordance to the theme, and I find it very creative!

Dessert menu

Look at the different gayuma recipes decorated on the wall!

A closer look at one of the “gayuma recipes”. Each recipe is complete with description/purpose of love potion, materials needed, instructions, and even the perfect moon phase to “cook” the recipe! I wonder if it really works though. (As if naman may paggagamitan ako nito. Hahahaha)

Love potion recipe!

Louie actually said (in a serious manner):

“Paano kaya ako makakakuha ng hair strand?”

Don’t worry, I will lend you my hairbrush.

Loooove the ambiance!

He got the Nilasing ni Eba si Adan. Pork loin marinated in beer and apple! Yum!

And I got the Please Be Careful With My Heart, which comes with a serving of a whole garlic! I love garlic! Vampires, beware.

“The rice” na lang siguro yung caption nito, para safe. If you know what I mean. Hehe. Creativity points, plus 3!

Better Than Sex chocolate cake! I swear this is the best chocolate cake ever!! (craving right now) :( :(

They have merch up for grabs too! Let’s see.. I remember I saw a red, fluffy pair of handcuffs.. Love dice..

The ‘wala lang’ lights

Oh yes we will!

Gayuma ni Maria is located at V. Luna Extension (Maginhawa Street) Sikatuna Village, QC

Crazy Katsu!

Crazy about Katsu.

So much calories lost on the shoot! I dragged Louie and Gidds to Maginhawa Street, or what I’d like to call a food haven! Seriously, if you want to go on a food adventure and don’t want to spend ridiculously on a meal, then this is the perfect place for you. Louie and I loved our dining experience at Gayuma ni Maria (which I’m yet to blog about). And now there’s another one added to the list: Crazy Katsu! Talk about affordable AND yummy katsudon, this restaurant has it!

Louie browsing the notes I wrote from the photog class. Hehe.

From the looks of it, this spice is a SPICE! (Although it also looks like fish food) :P

KATSUDON! Ang bida ng gabi! I really like it!

I told myself I’m on a diet but I took a sidestep and had an additional order of gyoza. Hindi ko napigilan, grrrr

Happens ALL the time. Well atleast, for the Filipinos. Bakit pag isa na lang, nagkakahiyaan pa? Kunin ko na nga. -_-

I see myself coming back in the next few months. Four thumbs up! -that includes the big toes on my feet

Check this one out!

YABU: The House of Katsu

If you know me so well, then you know how much of a katsudon fan I am. I have been hearing a lot of good reviews about this what-they-claim-to-be an authentic Japanese katsudon place, so I insisted on checking it out.

The place looks so neat and spacious, and it had comic strips as wall decorations too. Coming from someone who’s job includes rendering excellent customer service, you would notice easily when you are provided with a poor one. And I must commend the Yabu staff for showing us otherwise, yay!

I loved the grinding-of-sesame-seeds part. Gotta love the smell of grounded sesame seeds!

Next, create your own sauce! You can add a few spices for an extra kick too.

Here is my creation!

Louie had the chicken katsudon set

..while I had the house specialty: Kurobota tonkatsu set! (Black berkshire pig -one of the finest in the world)

It was so soft and yummy. And did I mention all sets came with unlimited
rice and cabbage? YAY! Also, their bottomless iced tea is a winner!

“The bunny” Hehe. Imitating Cheese. :)

Their price range is not something that is practical to splurge into everyday but hey, food quality and service just makes it all worth it. We’re definitely coming back!

Yabu: The House of Katsu is located at 2/F Mega Atrium, SM Megamall.

Sometimes I wish I was a boy.

I love my workplace (Greenhills). It’s got almost everything so getting what I need is convenient and almost hassle-free. Plus, my job description entails getting out of the office so I skip eating and go for a little stroll/shop when I get bored, during lunch break.

Today, I decided to get a brow fix so I went to Lay Bare Waxing Salon for a very painful eyebrow threading. I don’t have a high tolerance for pain so this what-you-call a beautifier always gets me teary eyed.

You can see by the reddish skin on my eyebrow area how much threading hurts. Hahaha.

My brows look  so neat now, thanks Beng!