BDJ Box May 2013

UPDATE: Unboxing the May 2013 BDJ Box

BDJ Box May 2013
BDJ Box May 2013

I’m excited to receive my first ever BDJ Box.I have joined the hundreds of women who signed up for a beauty subscription box by Belle de Jour. Yup, the same girls who brought us the uber chic Belle de Jour planner.

I have heard of the BDJ Box last year and was surprised to know it isn’t the first in the country. There’s also Glamour Box and Salad Box.  I will try these two soon.

I actually forgot about the May 2013 BDJ Box but I recently got an e-mail reminder from the bellas. I ordered and paid for the P480 beauty box last March and paying was such a breeze via Chinabank online and Dragonpay. Sadly, the April box was sold out already so I’m lined up for the May loot.

I’ve been seeing ‘Unboxing’ posts so I can’t wait to receive my own box and find out what the Beauty Ministry has prepared for me. I don’t know if I’ll feel the same way as opening a gadget or home appliance but it’s always fun to do unboxing posts. Haha! (I can imagine my husband shaking his head..)

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out BDJ Box HERE.

bdj box beauty ministry

Actually, you should…

ang tunay na maganda di takot tumaba
…for health reasons.

I am all for embracing your body shape and size but getting really big is dangerous. Believe me, I’ve been on the heavy side, gaining 60 lbs. during my pregnancy, and it was bad. I blame the idea of “sige kain ka lang, minsan lang may freedom kumain nang marami“. Only after one month of confirming I was pregnant, I already gained 10 lbs. Tsk. I know. It was horrible.

When Noah came out, he only weighed 7 lbs and 8 ounces. I really thought he would be a big baby…bigger and heavier at around 9 or 10 lbs. What was I thinking? I was just fat. I gained a lot. A week after his birth, I lost 10 lbs. And the remaining 40 lbs.? It took me more than 3 years to lose them all. Such is life. (I hate you fat genes.)

I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Thank God! No longer overweight, just right for my height (I’m 5’7″) but still 10 lbs. above my pre-wedding weight. I was 10 pounds lighter five years ago. To achieve that slimmer body, it would take me months of really hard work and money. (Oo, money talaga kasi mahal magpapayat.)

It’s been months since I stopped going to the doctor but I have maintained my weight. I didn’t  gain during the holidays but did when my family was visiting from Bangkok. I gained some too when Josh went on a business trip for three weeks. You see, I eat when I’m stressed and lonely. Not good.

I’m turning 30 this year and it’s only now that I’m feeling that I’m getting old. I get tired easily. Maybe because I don’t have much activities that when I do move, I get exhausted. Proud to say and because of God’s grace, we’ve maintained our healthy diet. We move more. We drink a lot of green tea and water. We eat junk food (i.e. burger, fries, etc.) maybe at least once a month. We lack junk food in our house (poor Noah). My husband works out. I don’t but cleaning the house and washing the dishes can be considered as “work out”, right?. Haha.

(Just don’t ask about our sleeping habits, okay?)

If you’re confident, you may not be afraid to get fat. That’s alright. Big can be beautiful. I’m still a big girl– will always be because of my height and body structure. All I’m saying is, don’t make “Big is Beautiful” an excuse to overeat and not watch your weight.

I also understand that there are people who can’t really lose weight (thyroid disease) or are sick that’s why they are big but please do take care of your health.

[Infographic] SPAS 101 by looloo

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve said I love infographics. I featured a few already. The Kapitolyo Fearless Foodie Guide started it all. And then the Tagalog Mozilla Philippines Firefox 3 infographic and of course, the popular Cost of Starbucks Planner 2013 infographic by MyManila.net

Here’s another one:

SPAS 101 by looloo.com | Art by Kitkat Pecson

I know it’s long pero I’m sure talagang tinitigan mo to. Haha! I love the colors and the graphics. This one is perfect for the spa lovers out there. You see, day spas have mushroomed all over the metro but only a few are popular. I’m only familiar with The Spa and The Island Spa in Jupiter Makati as I used to go there. Honestly, I don’t enjoy going to spas because instead of being relaxed, nabubugbog ako! LOL! That’s just me. I guess I really don’t know the science behind or the art of spa. Husband has been wanting to go. We were in Bangkok last week but we failed to experience an authentic Thai spa. We were too busy hanging out with the family at home. 🙂

This infographic might help me understand and yeah, discover what day spa in Manila to try. It’s the spa version of the foodie map I featured a few weeks back. All the information can be found on the yet-to-be-released looloo app. Speaking of which, have you signed-up?

If you’re a foodie or a spa lover, you need to have the app. It’s not available on the App Store yet but soon. 🙂

Get notified when the mobile app launches HERE.

I’m excited!

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Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Psalms 37:7

Eat your veggies

Pipino Vegetarian Restaurant Jupiter Makati Branch

I’ve  been wanting to try this restaurant ever since I learned about this from friends and Patty Laurel but Quezon City is too far! Haha! Alam mo naman tamad akong bumyahe. Since we’re chained to our house, going out has been a challenge lately. Hihi.

Kidding aside, I’m glad that this Filipino vegetarian restaurant is now on my side of the metro. A branch has recently opened up in Jupiter St. Makati. Yes! I have no more reason not to go because it’s near. I used to live nearer this new Pipino resto and I could imagine it would have been more awesome. Continue reading Eat your veggies

Healthy Living

Warning: This is one long post. Read at your own risk. Hehe.

Back in April, I was almost rushed to the emergency room because I was having extreme stomach pain, was sweating but feeling cold, and was feeling dizzy. It was midnight and I was inside our bathroom calling for my husband to give me water. I was seeing stars already. I didn’t know what to do so I told Josh to get dressed and bring me to the hospital. It was midnight. Noah was at the bathroom door looking confused and scared.

I tried walking to the sofa to rest. Actually, I didn’t remember how I managed to get there or if my husband was assisting me. I sat on the sofa feeling really dizzy, almost crying because I wanted the pain to just go away. I was sweating profusely yet was feeling chilly. Oh God, this was something I didn’t want to feel again but it was happening (it wasn’t the first time). It happened so fast. I was calling on the name of Jesus, praying that He would heal me quick. I remember I was already having a hard time breathing so I laid down on the sofa with the electric fan in my face. Thank God I became okay after some time. I stopped panicking and told my husband that I was feeling better. I needed more water. At this time, Noah was still confused. I don’t how you would call what happened but it’s something I don’t want to happen again. Nahilo lang? Vertigo? I had no idea but I knew something was wrong with me then. Continue reading Healthy Living