As I scroll down through Facebook updates, I see one update of a lady who was there during that horrific night in France. After recounting the specifics of what had happened during the concert, she goes on with these words. Her words got to me. “There last thoughts were not on the animals who caused all this. It was thinking of the people they loved… Last night, the lives of many were forever changed and it is up to us to be better people, to live lives that the innocent victims of this tragedy dreamt about but sadly will now never be able to fulfill. – Isobel Bowdery”

I have not been in any situation like that and I couldn’t imagine what she had gone through. I doubt anyone of us would want to be in her situation, but I admire her for exposing what we should be thinking of right now. Yes, we may wonder about what is happening to this world — why is there so much violence, violence that even involves killing innocent people. Our hearts may even be filled with anger for those who did this. We may blame a lot of people for all of these things happening, but I think what this should be is more of a wake up call.

Better People

A wake up call for us to be better people.

Better does not necessarily mean that you need to change the world. Better does not mean running for office or seeking for a government position. Better does not mean inventing a life-changing surgery that may change the medical industry (sorry, I watch too much Grey’s Anatomy and Code Black downloads). It doesn’t even mean building a huge conglomerate, let alone a company.

Better, for me, just means being in love — in love with life, in love with living. Better means waking up everyday, loving ourselves and loving how living gives us the opportunity to enjoy and grow. Better means seeing yourself as valuable and capable of making a difference in this world, no matter how big or how small. Better means living with integrity, conviction, kindness and faith. It means seeing and upholding what is fair and just. It means loving yourself so that you can love others more. It means being kind to people and respecting what they believe in even if you don’t necessarily agree with them.

Better means that we just don’t thrive with people in our community, but we mingle and interact. We build relationships — relationships that strengthen the main core of our existence which is to love. We help each other achieve and grow, learn and love. We help them move on from past hurt, heartaches, hang-ups, depression, bullying and other negativity that they may have experienced. We help them achieve their fullest potential, by actively helping them out or by just being there as a friend.

Better means realizing that minute things that we can do will impact society in a big way if we constantly do it. We need to give more importance to living intentionally. If ever something tragic happens (I sincerely hope it doesn’t happen to any of us), we need to be able to say that we have lived and loved. We have done everything that we could have done with this precious life. We have been good people and we lived a good life.

Do you ever encounter days when you think nothing seems to be going right? Days when you just want to sit down and cry. I encounter those days, too, and these days suck. Do you want to know what I do during days like these? I play this music.

When GOD closes a door

When doubts and disappointments hide the morning sun
When all my dreams have ended, all my song are sung,
his spirit soars within me, every doubt is gone,
I see a new horizon, and sing a brand new song. . .
For (all: ooh. . .ahh. . .) in this perfect timing, up ahead the light is shining
and I know the dawn will be arriving very soon
When God closes the door he opens a window, (girls) a window
He opens a window so I can see
He’s working it out
the very best for (The very best for me) me
He opens a window just just for me
Boys
In every road I travel (girls: ooh. . .) leads back to where I’ve been
Girls
When (boys: ahh. . .) fears about tomorrow settle deep within
All
He gives me new direction and takes the fears away
He opens up the future and brings a brand new day
New day . . .
For (ooh. .ahh. .) in this perfect timing up ahead the light is shining
and I know the dawn will be arriving very soon
When God closes the door he opens a window(a window)
He opens a window so I can see
He’s working it out the very best for (The very best for me) me
He opens a window just for me
For (ooh. .ahh .) in this perfect timing up ahead the light is shining
and I know the dawn will be arriving very soon
When God closes the door he opens a window (a window)
He opens a window so I can see
He’s working it out the very best for me
Now I know he’ll a window just. . for. . me. . .

This song is from Joseph the Dreamer, a musical / play. Seriously, it helps me get through difficult times. I feel good after listening to this song.

Another thing that get’s me through these times is looking for the thing or that person who inspires me. In my case, it’s really spending more time with my daughter. My yaya went on vacation and for the past few days, I’ve been focusing on mommy duties. I didn’t get to work that much, but it was a welcome break. We got to spend more time together. I brought her to events, we ate popcorn together, we took selfies, we went window shopping, we shopped, etc. Haha!

My inspiration!

My inspiration!

Enough about my story. What I really wanted to say is that there are so many beautiful people, things, moments in your life. Try to focus on these things and it will motivate you to go on — to shine brighter than you actually did! IF you need a shoulder to cry on or you just want a coffee buddy, just message me and we can have coffee. This is the reason why we created Beauty Biz Bliss. We know that women like us feel weak and vulnerable sometimes and we just need the support of other women — women who know exactly how you feel (https://www.facebook.com/beautybizbliss). We will be holding gatherings next year so that we can come together and talk about things and just have REAL conversations.

Hope this post helped you in anyway! Sorry if this is just a short post. I just wanted to tell you that EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY!

I give great weight to experience. I love learning from people who share their own experiences, because I know that these people have gone through actual scenarios and moments that they have learned from rather from just things that they have read. I think Experience is the best teacher!

I have always wondered why it takes such a long time for doctors to graduate and I realized that a lot of the years spent in school is because of guided practice. All those years makes these doctors experts at what they do. I found this interesting infographic from Udemy that says that it takes 8251 hours of doing something before a person becomes an expert. No wonder why these doctors are so great at what they do!

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My family’s health is very important. I think that health (this may be a cliché), is really wealth. Recently, I’ve heard a lot of friends who were down with flu. I also had fever over the weekend, but luckily, I’m now up and about. Sickness and disease can really bring you down emotionally. Also, all work is hampered so income and opportunities are lost.

As a parent, I try to avoid sickness. Both my husband and I really need to work really hard to provide for our daughter, so we can’t afford to get sick. This is the reason why I only trust doctors, who are experts, when making decisions with regard my family’s health. When it comes to medicine, I choose Pharex – trusted by more doctors over any other generic brand.

Check out this video:

Pharex is the leading brand when it comes to generics medicine. It is a subsidiary of Pascual Laboratories, Inc. which was established in 1972. Talk about years of experience! What’s more is that even if they are the leading brand when it comes to generic medicine, their products are very affordable and of great quality. They have a wide variety of vitamins and medicine from B Complex, Vitamin E, Carbocisteine, Multivitamins, and many more.

Pharex Corporate Logo-HiRes

I think that all of us deserve to have the best of health, so kudos to Pharex for making their products accessible to everyone! For more information about their products, you can visit their website: http://www.pharexhealth.com/about
Did you get to try out any of the products of this brand trusted by more doctors over any other generic brand? What was your experience? Please do share it with me.

“It filled my soul with hot, buttery meat — EJ Arboleda, Winner of Hot Daddy Bod for 2015”

They say that the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. This is very true when it comes to pleasing my husband. Whenever he eats, his eyes light up, especially when he eats sinigang and empanada. His favorite is actually the Red Ribbon chicken empanada. Have you tried those? They are hands-down delicious. Imagine how excited he was when I told him that I got to meet Trina, who is a member of the family who owned the ORIGINAL RECIPE of that empanada!

Trina and I have been exchanging emails, but I finally met her at the Work-at-Home Expo 2015.

Yours Truly with my husband and Trina of Mama Empanada

Yours Truly with my husband and Trina of Mama Empanada

Trina told me that this business started three years ago as a hobby to revive the memories of an old family recipe. Trina initially made her chicken empanada for family and close friends to enjoy—until friends shared them to other friends, and soon word about this classic chicken empanada got around. Being the granddaughter and daughter of the family who started Red Ribbon, the original version of this recipe has been passed down to three generations of moms finding its way back to its humble beginnings in Trina’s home-based kitchen, where it was redeveloped and improved in preparation for its comeback.

I was so excited to try it out and had my first bite during the expo. Not knowing that it was the same Trina that contacted me via email, I hurriedly told EJ that there was this booth that served great tasting empanadas. He went and bought, as well, then later on that day, we found out that this was the business / company that contacted me via email.

With just one bite, you will love fall in love with it! We can’t stop eating it! We have each of its unique flavors at home!

Mama Empanada comes in different flavors!

Mama Empanada comes in different flavors!

We, of course, have the Classic Chicken empanada, whose taste captures your heart immediately. We also have the Asian Pork empanada. Experience the traditional asian taste with each bite of the Asian Pork empanada — a bit sweet with a hint of oriental flavor. The Italian Tuna empanada is a perfect pairing of herbs and tuna fish for the fish lover. And last, but not the least, Mexican Beef empanada is a blend of Latin American spices and a touch of mild cheese.

 

The Classic Chicken Empanada

The Classic Chicken Empanada

 

For orders, just text 0915-8633156 and you can pick it up at Valle Verde 5 in Pasig. A box of twelve is at Php 420. A box of Eight is at Php 280 and a box of six is at Php 210.

You will surely love these empanadas. Mama Empanada is definitely in my list of possible Christmas gifts for friends and family!

Mama Empanada Contact Details:
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/mamaempanada
INSTAGRAM: @mamaempanada
Contact information: 0915-8633156
Pick-up: Valle Verde 5, Pasig City
*during the holidays, additional pickup location in Greenhills, San Juan
— Empanadas are cooked per order. For orders of 3 boxes of less, please give them at least an hour to prepare for the order.
— No delivery

 

 

The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser  has been with me for over a week now and I have to say, it’s a pretty impressive phone, especially for its price.

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Zenfone 2

Woot woot! My new Zenfone 2

Woot woot! My new Zenfone 2

The size of the phone is just right – slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S6 but still fitting comfortably in my hand. It’s also quite light at a measly 140g so keeping it in your pocket won’t pull your pants down.

Asus Zenfone 2

The most striking difference of course is the placement of the volume buttons of the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser — they’re in the middle of back panel, instead of on the side as with most phones. It was a strange design choice initially but I quickly realized the benefits: (1) I don’t have to worry about hitting the buttons when I place the phone in the various clamps/holders that I use, and (2) It’s more easily reachable with one hand which is a definite plus if you have smaller hands.

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Volume buttons at the back

Volume buttons at the back

It’s also a DUAL-SIM phone so I don’t have to lug around 2 phones anymore (business & personal) — I can handle both using 1 phone. A mini bonus for me is that it used a micro-sim (not a nano-sim), so I didn’t have to get a new sim card to use this phone.

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The display is gorgeous, displaying 16M colors on the 5.0″ capacity touchscreen. The resolution is a reasonable 720×1280 pixels which, honestly, is enough for me. With a screen of that size, that resolution is more than enough.

My phone after opening it :)

My phone after opening it 🙂

Specs do show that it uses a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 so it should at least be scratch-proof. Unfortunately, barely a week into using the phone, my 2 year old girl unfortunately stepped on the phone with the display side down on the wooden floor. I wasn’t really worried – it’s Gorilla Glass! Unfortunately, the screen did have very deep scratches after that. Was a bit disappointed, of course, and it came as a surprise considering that this was supposed to be Gorilla Glass. It wasn’t covered by warrantly as well. 🙁

huhu! The glass got scratched :(

huhu! The glass got scratched 🙁

The phone came with Android 5.0 (Lollipop) so aside from being able to play with the Angry (Android) Birds easter egg, I was also able to enjoy some of the latest features of Android (at least until Marshmallow). With the quad-core CPU performed really well as I usually have tons of apps running side-by-side. The CPU handled the load quite admirably and I didn’t notice any slow down switching between apps. The game did have a little lag when I started up Dark Lands with it’s graphically intensive intro but after that the actual game ran quite smoothly. You can also use a microSD up to 128GB so with that and the cloud, I doubt I’ll ever need to clean up my phone!

Zenfone 2 from Asus

Next, we move on to something that is really important for me as a blogger and mother who wants to capture every moment of my Zeeka’s development:the camera. The camera is impressive at 13MP (4128x3096px) with laser autofocus — it was able to focus quite quickly and accurately so I was able to capture the little fleeting moments (that one smile in the middle of a tired babys’s tantrum)! It captures video at 1080p (30fps) which is enough for me. The front camera is also quite impressive at 5 MP — our selfies were surprisingly crisp and quite clear!

Selfie time with ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser

Selfie time with ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser

WIFI and 3G performed well, I didn’t encounter any connection issues at all and was always at the fastest speed available. GPS took a little longer to get a lock though, especially in the evenings. I didn’t encounter this with my iPhone and my husband didn’t with his Xiaomi either so that was a bit of a disappointment.

The battery is quite impressive, I would say my consumption is a bit higher than a normal person’s but during a normal workday (occassional calls, reading/replying to messages, browsing my social networks) from 9am to 6pm, ate up about 50% battery life. I would say it’s at par with the performance of my iPhone. One of my favorite things about the battery is that it’s removeable! So if, later on, the battery decides to conk out on me (as has repeatedly happened with my other phones), I can just buy a new battery and replace it myself — problem solved.

The phone I got was a beautiful gold color. It felt a little in between plastic and solid. I would’ve preferred a more metalic feeling phone but I do appreciate the tradeoff with weight — I would’ve gone with a lighter one as well.

All in all, the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is an excellent buy especially at it’s SRP. If you’re looking for a hard-working sub-10K PHP phone, this is it. Just make sure you get a screen protector ASAP! 🙂

PS. Here’s (http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=7474&idPhone2=6378&idPhone3=6849) a handy comparison of this phone versus the iPhone6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 which is at 5x-6x the price. It holds its own quite well!