Win a $20 Starbucks Gift Card and Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil! #AllTreatsNoTricks

Hello everyone! I’m hosting this giveaway as part of the All Treats, No Tricks Giveaway Hop! This is your chance to win one or more prizes from over 100 bloggers participating in this event! The event starts today October 16, 2014 and ends on October 31, 2014.

I am giving away ONE $20 STARBUCKS GIFT CARD which I will send to the winner’s email as an e-gift! ๐Ÿ™‚ This giveaway is for US residents only and is not sponsored by Starbucks, I just love their coffee so I’m sharing some love. ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, I have added one more giveaway for 1 bottle of the very useful Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil! (Promo for the Tea Tree Oil ends on October 23)

So what are you waiting for? Hop in and click the link below to join! ๐Ÿ™‚

*****Win a $20 Starbucks Gift Card!*****

WINNER: GRACE BARTLETT

 

Welcome to the first annual “All Treats, No Tricks” Giveaway Hop, brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers & Up All Night Blogging! We are a group of bloggers that specialize in giveaway hops – so stay with us and you will have many chances to win some amazing prizes! Each blogger participating in this hop has a giveaway with a prize value of at least $15 – and some are much more than that! Be sure to visit them all – there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! Good Luck and Have Fun!

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Happy birthday, Trees!

My colleague once said that women can leave three lasting legacies: write a book, give birth, and plant a tree.

Today, the trees I planted turned 6 years old. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, I brought Doraemon with me ๐Ÿ™‚ *Some of the photos were taken by buhaykalsada.multiply.com (website no longer active)

When I was still working for IBM in 2008, I joined a company-wide tree planting activity. ย We all hiked to Ipo Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan, Philippines. It took us hours to get to the tree planting site and it just felt great to give back to Mother Nature. At the time, there is an alarming rate of deforestation in the area and several mountaineers also did their part in planting trees.

It is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. The trees are now 6 years old and I couldn’t imagine how tall they are. Anytime is the best time to plant a tree. In this ever-changing world, where only a small portion of the world are caring about trees, it doesn’t hurt to take the initiative to plant even just one tree. You can start leaving a legacy and making your mark in saving the Earth.

When will you start? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Happy birthday, Trees!

My colleague once said that women can leave three lasting legacies: write a book, give birth, and plant a tree.

Today, the trees I planted turned 6 years old. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, I brought Doraemon with me ๐Ÿ™‚ *Some of the photos were taken by buhaykalsada.multiply.com (website no longer active)

When I was still working for IBM in 2008, I joined a company-wide tree planting activity. ย We all hiked to Ipo Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan, Philippines. It took us hours to get to the tree planting site and it just felt great to give back to Mother Nature. At the time, there is an alarming rate of deforestation in the area and several mountaineers also did their part in planting trees.

It is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. The trees are now 6 years old and I couldn’t imagine how tall they are. Anytime is the best time to plant a tree. In this ever-changing world, where only a small portion of the world are caring about trees, it doesn’t hurt to take the initiative to plant even just one tree. You can start leaving a legacy and making your mark in saving the Earth.

When will you start? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Instanatural Vitamin C Facial Toner

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I don’t normally put too much stuff on my face. I’m a water-facial wash-moisturizer type of girl and sticking to the essentials is what I am used to. When I shop, I get overwhelmed with so many facial products that I really can’t figure out which ones are better than the rest. I know this is a problem for a lot of girls. The golden rule is: Always stick to natural ingredients and carefully choose the products that is best for your skin type.

I have combination skin and I consider myself quite lucky to have healthy facial skin. Never had acne but I usually get one big flashy pimple (gross I know) during my periods and even if it breaks, it doesn’t scar at all. That is one of the reasons why I don’t put too much stuff on my face for fear that it might trigger something really bad. After researching, I found out that a facial toner is really good in order for our face to keep its PH balance before we put moisturizers etc. So when I was given InstaNatural Vitamin C Facial Toner for testing, I gave it a go to see what it can do for my skin. This product is in a spray bottle so you can just spray it on after you clean your face. I tried to spray it first at the back of my wrist to test if I’m allergic to it and good thing, my skin had no reactions to it. I sprayed it on my face and It dried very quickly. Then you can follow through with moisturizer or makeup.

The instant effect is refreshing. It also has a citrusy smell. I had been using the product for 7 days as I’m writing this and the effect on my skin is really good. It balances out my skin. My face is clearer and looks healthier. ๐Ÿ™‚

To know more about the product, visit INSTANATURAL ๐Ÿ™‚

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Asian Haul 2!!!

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So this is the continuing saga of my random trips to Asia Mart :p

Choco Mallows – This is my favorite! This is kinda like the Phillipine version of s’mores. This box has 6 choco mallows (biscuit topped with mallows and coated with chocolate). Really really good.

Knorr Cubes – I bought chicken and pork. These are very common add-ons to Filipino dishes to make chickens and pork even tastier.

Boiled Salted Duck Eggs – In the Philippines, we call this “itlog na pula” (red egg) or “itlog na maalat” (salty egg). They typically dye the shells red to distinguish it from fresh duck eggs. The ones sold here in the US are in boxes and are not dyed. So how do you eat this? Just break the shell and mix it with tomatoes and soy sauce or fish sauce. This is the best side dish for fried fish. It’s not as nasty as “balut”, trust me. What’s balut? Google it and thank the heavens you weren’t born a duck.

Yan Yan – My childhood favorite! This is a Japanese snack and it has bread sticks inside with a little cup full of chocolatey goodness for your dip.

That’s all for now. ‘Til next trip to Asia Mart! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Read and Book a Flight

 

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This is me with my travel companion at Incheon International Airport ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€œI beg young people to travel. If you donโ€™t have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown, eat interesting food, dig some interesting people, have an adventure, be careful. Come back and youโ€™re going to see your country differently, youโ€™re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter. Youโ€™re going to get a sense of what globalization looks like. Itโ€™s not what Tom Friedman writes about, Iโ€™m sorry. Youโ€™re going to see that global climate change is very real. And that for some people, their day consists of walking twelve miles for four buckets of water. And so there are lessons that you canโ€™t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. A lot of people โ€” Americans and Europeans โ€” come back and go, โ€œOhhhh.โ€ And the lightbulb goes on.โ€ – Henry Rollins

How to be a Colts Fan (For Dummies Like Me)

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photo credit: teespring.com

 

Coming from a “basketball” and “boxing” country, I had no idea what football is to Americans when I first came here in the US. Add to that, I’m not really a sports fanatic but I do love to watch basketball (not even NBA). I am just a local basketball fan/spectator in my home country so football was Greek and French combined to me.

It was a bit of a shock to me when I found out that my mom, who never knew sports existed when she was still in the Philippines, is now a baseball/football/NBA fan. She knows about all the teams and the players and really speaks the sports lingo after just a few years of being here. Okay, so I thought she naturally imbibed everything and I thought maybe that will happen to me too. Turns out, that isn’t true for everybody. After years of living here, I still don’t have any idea why baseball games take so very long to finish and why football is the unifying sport in most states.

They say, you just have to do a little bit of research, watch the news and watch the game all the time and soon, you’ll know how it’s played and you can choose the team you want to root for. I haven’t yet watched a live football game. I did try to watch it on TV but I can’t understand a single thing. Given that I’m from Indiana – it is naturalmente for me to watch and root for the Colts. And thank you God of football for blessing the Colts with the best color (speed blue and white) ever in football history.

So I came up with steps on how to be a Colts fan. I came up with this list because I think these are the things I need to do. I know some of you out there are like me but just don’t want to admit it. Read on!

Step 1

Move to Indiana. You can be a fan anywhere that’s true. But what’s the sense of living in the state of Timbuktu when you are rooting for a team in Angola. I may be wrong but long distance sports affair doesn’t work for everybody.

Step 2

Google them. Learn about their history. Why are they called the Colts? Per The Sports E-Cyclopedia, “A fan contest produced the Colts name reflecting the great tradition and proud history of horse breeding and racing in the Baltimore region. The original Colts disbanded after the 1950 season but the name was retained when a new Baltimore franchise began play in 1953. The Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1984.” That also explains the horseshoe logo.

Step 3

Know the game. Whether you read about football or ask a football fan about it, either way is cool. Research or ask about the point of the game, how they score, flow of the game, and team composition. It doesn’t hurt to play NFL games in Xbox or Playstation or you can sign up for NFL’s Fantasy Football. It’s better to be stupid in the fantasy world than in the real world and that is true in so many levels.

Step 4

Get to know the players. Self-explanatory.

Step 5

If you have done the steps above and you realize you don’t like the Colts then stop here. Just because you live in Indiana doesn’t mean you have to like them. We all don’t have to try hard to become a fan. If you don’t like football or the Colts then that is perfectly fine. We don’t have to force ourselves to become a fan in order to fit in. Remember, that a true blue fan will always be a fan win or lose.

Step 6

Watch their game on TV. Better yet, watch them live. Watch the game at a sports bar. Watch the game with your friends. Watch with other football fans. Just don’t watch alone. No man is a football island. Just watch the game with people who are patient enough to explain what will happen in a football game. Like, you know, why they cancel the game because of a hurricane. I’m trying to be funny.

Step 7

Buy their jersey. By all means, buy it so you can wear it on your second football game, when you already know what’s going on and you already know who is your favorite player. I remember meeting someone years ago and he was wearing Peyton Manning’s jersey only to find out he doesn’t even know who Peyton Manning is. I mean, come on, it’s like wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt in Disney World and you don’t even know who Mickey Mouse is! Such disrespect to Minnie.

Step 8

If doing the above steps, doesn’t make you a Colts fan and you found out that you like another team then by all means call U-Haul and move out of Indiana. I’m just kidding. Sometimes, I’m not.

Remember, every fan of any sport started in the zero-knowledge-of-the-sport level (I am on that level) so it’s perfectly okay to admit you don’t know anything about football.

When I’m done with the steps above, I wish I can watch them live from the best ever seat that Lucas Oil Stadium has to offer. Santa, I’m talking to you.

Sticky Suction Car Mount

The first time I used a car mount, I told myself I won’t use any type of car mount again. It practically got stuck in the aircon vent that when I sold my old car, it’s still there! I just didn’t want to damage the air vent so I just left it there as a bonus “problem” for the buyer (of course I warned the buyer about the problem car mount).

So when I recently had an opportunity to review a car mount that I will receive for free in exchange for unbiased and honest feedback, you can just imagine how critical I was from the time I opened the box and tested it. I’m talking about the Sticky Suction Car Mount by iGotTech. When I received it, it was neatly packaged so that’s a good sign. I love it when companies package their items in larger boxes with lotsa lotsa bubble wrap. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here it is:

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The car mount is pretty stylish with a glossy finish. The suction at the base is wide so it will attach to any flat surface. It has like a larger rectangular part which is the “sticky” part.

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So I tried it with my GPS, iPhone, iPad and remote control. The adhesive is strong and it will hold on to whatever you stick to it.

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Perfectly matches my baby! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

My initial concern was since the product has a sticky area, it might leave a residue on my gadgets but it did not! Another feature of this car mount is that you can use it for as long as you want. You can basically wash the sticky area with water if it loses its stickiness. Plus they do have a 2-year warranty as well so I got nothing to lose!

If you want to know more about this product and the company, please refer to the links below:

Sticky Suction Car Mount

iGotTech

 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Lovely Treehouse!

I was just in Atlanta a month ago and had I known that this beautiful and almost mystical treehouse exists, I would have spent at least one night in this place! I saw this in my Airbnb app and this is now included in my bucket list.

photo from Airbnb

photo from Airbnb

Such a gorgeous sight! I will soon come up with my top Airbnb listings soon! ๐Ÿ™‚