what are you so freakin' busy with?

I could be employed right now but I went back to school to be a student.
I could be financially self-sufficient right now but I stayed dependent on my parent's monetary provision.
I could be the type of person who wouldn't care if time passed but I chose to be the person who feels guilty when time passes and I haven't done anything productive.
I could be sleeping well more often than now but I chose sleepless nights to study for an exam that I wouldn't pass with outstanding marks anyway.
I could be reading tons and tons of novels I have been wishing to read but I chose to be buried in books on Human Anatomy, Surgery and even Parasitology.
I could have more free time than now but I chose this life-consuming career path just so I could earn an 'MD' after my name.

I could be in a community as a Public Health Officer but I chose the path to becoming a Doctor for the community.

In the end, I feel I have been prepared for this. Not just by my friends, mentors and my family... but by God's will. Let this be done.

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16 March 2010

relationship between OCD and a facial brush

Partially convinced, I think I am obsessive-compulsive -- not to the point of it being a disorder though.
I do think everyone has a little bit of obsessive-compulsiveness in them but just like our fingerprint, it manifests differently in each of us.

I've always had a belief that if my material things are not arranged the way it should be, my personal life would follow. So if my things are all over the place, most likely, my relationships/events/mind-setting would be a mess too.

No one has ever pushed me to dump this mentality, so I think I'm doing fine. :) No need to call for professional help. :P

What has this got to do with this post?

I wanted to rant about The Body Shop facial brush.

...and this facial brush has got something to do with my being OC.

How? I'm not satisfied with just washing my face with just a gentle cleanser then exfoliating after a day of being exposed to the pollution of Manila (Philippines) or even after a day of wearing makeup... and being exposed to the pollution of Manila. I felt like my cleansing routine lacked something.

I needed to feel "cleaner".

On weekends, The Body Shop in Greenbelt... I don't know if I got this info right... but the lady says that they're products are 10% off...?
When the saleslady failed to convince me to buy a kabuki brush, I wandered towards the wall where facial cleansers were and I saw this tiny brush, that didn't even fill half of my palm.

When I got home, I gave it a try.

How I did it?
I poured some facial cleanser on the brush, washed my face with water and knowing I have sensitive skin, I started brushing my face with it like it was a cotton ball -- but I soon felt it wasn't.
Of course not~ the bristles are nylon-like. Since I already hurt one side of my face, I gave it another try, but this time on the other side. I was waaay more gentle this time -- that's when I appreciated the brush's purpose! :D

The next day, yes, the next day, I used it again
[I know it's bad to exfoliate everyday...:/].

(1) I washed my face first with something uber gentle
(I used Olay Sensitive).
(2) I let my face dry a bit then used a thicker facial cleanser
(I used Pond's) and spread it on my dry face.
(3) Then I wet the brush until I was sure all the bristles were damp.
(4) Placed a bit of cleanser on the bristles and...
(5) ...started brushing my face -- veeery gently.

...gradually added pressure when my skin gets used to it.
I count my strokes on each region of my face -- right cheek, left cheek, forehead, chin and around the nose.
15 gentle strokes each and 10 more (with a bit more pressure).
(6) After that, I wash all the froth (:P) off my face.
(7) Then I rinse the brush too.
(Note: Let the brush completely dry before storing it in its cover.)

I applied moisturizer liberally to counteract the drying effect though. After that week, I've used it once (sometimes, twice) a week. :D

I like using this brush with a thick/viscous cleanser (like Pond's) than a watery/less viscous kind (like Olay).

For dry to normal skin-types, I actually recommend using it two days in a row the first time so you could feel the effect but make sure you use moisturizer right after. ;)
For oilier skin types, never use it days in a row, it'll aggravate your oil glands into thinking your skin's too dry and it'll produce more oil.

On the safer side of life, it is still recommended to exfoliate once a week...

I think we should all stick to that, :P

14 March 2010

Saturday Discoveries

I haven't had a real weekend since March began.
...but after two weeks of locking myself up and studying, I needed to go out... even if it meant not studying for half a day.
Yesterday, my aunt and her daughter suggested we go there for breakfast. I agreed because I was curious... after all, they were raving about it last weekend.

he Salcedo Community Market is in a park in Makati where a lot of stalls are lined up and in each stall, they sell what they want to sell, mostly food and drinks :P but I've seen a stall with bags, a stall for promoting program or whatever too.
...of course, we were there for the food. :D

I'm glad we were there in the morning and the lighting was good. My camera had a good morning exercise. :D

The market is actually a showcase of different foods from everywhere. There's French, Malaysian, Mediterranean and of course, Filipino [and don't think it's just one type of Filipino food, think North to South of the Philippine map]. :D

One famous Filipino food would be Lechon -- there was cow ('twas my first time to see that) and pig. I didn't want to shock the people who aren't used to seeing animals on a large stick so I didn't take a photo of those.

these are japanese cakes, in case you were wondering :P

fruit shakes (above); French & Mediterranean cuisine (below)

"Cotton Candy"

Walking around the market... shaded by trees... you actually forget you're in the city.
Well... not until you look up and you see the tall buildings surrounding the area. :D

We had breakfast in the picnic area (as I mentioned, it's in a park) -- there were tables and chairs and we stayed there for a while. We were about to leave when Sharon Cuneta arrived with her kid and the media men tailing her.

[Sharon Cuneta is a singer/actress in the Philippines -- now she's a host in her self-titled show, Sharon. Anyone watched Caregiver?]

That afternoon [at this point, we haven't returned home yet so I haven't studied yet], we went around to scout for a couch. 

I realized I'm drawn to odd pieces.
I like this lamp. If you don't, oh well. :P

We found a few candidates for the perfect sofa -- sofabed, actually.
The winner, I guess, is the one below.
Comfy, soft, pretty -- and definitely fits the "Asian" theme of the house that it will be staying in.

elegant and functional :)

11 March 2010

a story of falling in love

I don't remember when I first fell in love with the camera.
It fascinated me to stay behind it [though my interest of being the subject later developed, :P].

I didn't know the science of it -- I still don't, actually. I think it's funny that with a big love for the art, I own an obsolete point and shoot camera. Though in the world of gadgets it may be obsolete, it has been part of my development as an enthusiast.

It has been one of my goals to own one of those fancy-looking cameras that professionals carry around but borrowing and holding one in my hands was already fulfilling enough. Though I wish I could do better, I was contented with the pictures that my camera produced. The years we've been together -- I guess -- makes it more connected to me. Even when a better camera is offered to be borrowed, I feel I can shoot better with my old and handy one.

It's a Sony DSC-T9, by the way. :P

My dad bought this for the family four of five years ago. I was there when he selected it among the others inside a glass box in the Sony Shop. It was one of the latest models at that time -- with the image stabilizing feature. :P

It was just beautiful and my dad and I (with no professional knowledge of the latest cameras that time) were captivated by it. It didn't take too long, actually, my dad soon asked the salesman to box one for us.

Two years ago, when I needed a camera for my classes -- like Biology (with live specimens and stuff) -- I asked to borrow it. It slowly began to be established as mine since I didn't return it whenever I went back home.

Just last year, a week before my birthday, the T9's flash bulb busted and I never had the time to get it replaced and I know it'd cost me a chunk of my allowance. :(
So for the week of my birthday until January 2, 2010, I borrowed a new family camera for night shots coz the T9 couldn't shoot at night -- sometimes, day too -- without a flash. :(

Sadly, until now, I never got around to getting the flash bulb repaired. There just isn't a Sony Service Center that's really accessible. My blogging decreased since that month too. It wasn't just because I was busy but I couldn't blog without pictures. I guess I was used to having one or two pics in my entries and I'm not that fond of taking pictures from the internet.

Ironic, yes, I'm not fond of taking pics from the net but here's a pic of the camera that I pulled out from dcviews.com back when it was new. :P Hahahaha!

I still love the T9 but it isn't as useful to me as it was before.
Everything tends to age -- even gadgets age too. ^^

Why did I suddenly post about this? Well, I was browsing my Photo folder in my laptop and I found some old photos -- that were produced, I proudly say, by the Sony DSC-T9 and I. :)

I appreciate you reaching this point of this entry.
I'm actually talkative so I turn out to be type-ative too.

Hoping to blog again soon,

09 March 2010

HAHAHA picture ads

I easily get bored with my desktop background so I usually browse the internet for pictures I could replace it with and recently, I've been loving advertisements that would make me smile/laugh every time I turn my laptop on.

I really laughed at most of them that some of the ads made me think: "How the hell did the advertising department come up with this!?"
So, I thought of sharing it with you, in hopes of sharing the smiles/laughter to others. :D

Warning:  I want to post all so I'm rating this for 18 years old and above only.
Disclaimer:  I did not make/edit and I do not own any of the pictures. I am giving full credit to the company that owns/made them. All the pictures were retrieved from the Google search engine.

Heineken -- in case some of you don't know, it's beer. :P

One of the many reasons why men say: "Tch! Women." :D

Volvo and the Grim Reaper

Nikon S60 -- too HighDef in my opinion, hahaha!

[People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals]

An ad for viagra :P

Good night~! :D