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Monday, April 09, 2012

Talking about Latin honors...

Ang magtapos nang may Latin honors -- maraming nangarap, maraming muntik nang umabot, maraming nanghinayang at maraming nagsisi. Ako? Pinili kong hindi subukan.

Noong nagtapos ako ng high school, inisip ko kung ano kaya ang gusto kong buhay kapag nag-college na ako. Syempre, bago na lahat eh. I mean, blank lahat. Wala namang nakakakilala sa akin sa college. It really is a new beginning. Pwede kong piliing maging pasaway, masunurin, tahimik, maingay, matalino, GC o bumagsak. Hindi ko talaga alam kung ano ang gusto ko noon pero sabi ko, gusto ko ng "iba". Tinanong ako minsan nung isa kong kaibigan sa high school kung ano raw ba ang pakiramdam ng laging umaakyat sa stage at tumatanggap ng medal. Sabi ko, "Masaya." Masaya kasi nabibigyan ko ng something to be proud of ang mga magulang ko. Masaya kasi alam kong masaya ang mga magulang ko. For twelve years, I gave my parents the acknowledgment they deserve. Noong tinanong ako nung kaibigan kong 'yun, napaisip ako. Paano kaya kung nag-iba ang ihip ng hangin?

Pinili kong maging iba sa nakagisnan kong "Herielle". Ginawa ko lahat ng mga hindi ko pa nagagawa. Tinahak ko ang daang hindi ko pa napupuntahan. Natapos ang apat na taon ko sa kolehiyo. Hindi ako nagtapos na may Latin honors.

Noong nilabas na 'yun final list ng honor graduates, nakaramdam ako ng panghihinayang. Bakit nga ba hindi ko sinubukan man lang na abutin 'yun? Sana, kung sinubukan ko, mas maluwag sa loob ko na hindi makita ang pangalan ko doon kasi alam ko na ibinigay ko ang lahat. Nag-reflect ako. Binalikan ko ang apat na nagdaang taon. Nakita ko kung ano yung kapalit nung Latin honors. Academically speaking, pareho lang naman kami ng natutuhan ng mga kasama ko. Hindi naman palibhasa mas mataas ang grade niya eh ibig sabhin, mas marami siyang natutuhan. Nakuha ko naman lahat ng kailangan kong makuha sa college -- scholarship, knowledge, skills, experiences, friendship and above all, countless, priceless memories. With all those mentioned, I'm going back to the statement I used to say when I was still in my freshman college year, "Grades won't define you". Hindi mahalaga kung hindi sobrang taas ng grade ko. Ang mahalaga, marami akong natutuhan noong college na hindi matutumbasan ng kahit anong medal at alam kong kapag binalikan ko ang college, may babalikan ako. I became the person I want to be. I didn't live up to anybody's expectations. What matters most is the fact the I really enjoyed my four years of stay in college. No regrets.

Sa mga magulang ko, alam ko pong maiintindihan ninyo ako. Alam kong proud pa rin kayo sa akin no matter what. Thank you for letting me be who I wanted to be. Salamat kasi hindi kayo katulad nung ibang magulang na ipinipilit sa anak nila ang gusto nila. Thank you Daddy. Thank you Mommy.

Para sa mga incoming college freshmen, enjoy your college life. Huli na 'to. Gawin ninyo kung ano ang makakapagpasaya sa inyo. Hindi mahalaga kung ano ang iisipin ng iba. Ang mahalaga, ikaw yan at naging masaya ka. After all, as Aristotle had said, happiness is the ultimate purpose of human existence.

Now, what's left for me to do is to put sixteen long years of study into good use. Robert Frost said that one must dare to take the road not taken. Dare not to be famous but to be great. Okay. Challenge accepted. Real world, prepare for my arrival!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Beauty Establishment Review: Lay Bare Waxing Salon

We, ladies, have an "obligation" of removing unwanted hair from certain places of our body. Hair removal could be done through plucking, shaving, waxing and laser. Plucking is inconvenient. Shaving leads to darkened skin and chicken skin. Laser is expensive. Of these four, obviously, waxing gets the highest score. It's cheap and accessible. You have a choice of doing it by yourself or going to a waxing salon to have the hair removed. I'm more in favor of going to a waxing salon than waxing myself at home.

I have tried the services of various waxing salons. For this review, I will write about Lay Bare Waxing Salon

Lay Bare is, I guess, one of the fastest growing waxing salons in the country with 43 branches all over Luzon and Visayas. They use cold sugar wax -- no more burning hot wax and no more strips. Their services are affordable ranging from 100 Php to 1,500 Php. They also have packages from which you can choose from.
To guide you on this review: The only waxing salon services that I've tried are eyebrow threading and underarm waxing.
I have already visited three of their branches -- SM Fairview, SM San Lazaro and LPL Greenbelt. Of these three branches, SM Fairview and LPL Greenbelt deserve two thumbs up. The service crews are polite and you can feel that they are "experts" of their "field". They know how to shape brows and they are very patient in removing stubborn unwanted underarm hair. They leave your brows perfectly shaped and your underarms clean and smooth -- no unwanted hair left and no pinpoint wounds that are bleeding.

Let's talk about the remaining branch -- SM San Lazaro. I've been there twice and both visits gave me unsatisfactory results. That branch is the total opposite of the aforesaid branches. Service crews seem to be always in a hurry and their "finished product" isn't as good as that of the two other branches.

I would definitely go back to Lay Bare SM Fairview and LPL Greenbelt to avail of their services. On the other hand, surely, I won't give Lay Bare SM San Lazaro another visit.

Milk Tea Review: Gong Cha Earl Grey Milk Tea

As promised, my second milk tea review.

My brother and I are fans of milk tea and almost every time we're together, we buy ourselves a cup. This time, we tried Gong Cha.

Gong Cha is one of the famous milk tea brands that we have here in the Philippines. It originated year 2006 in Taiwan. So far, Gong Cha has seven branches all over the metro. They offer a wide range of tea selections - House Special Series, Milk Tea Series, Brewed Tea Series, Ice Cream Special Series, Creative Mix Series, Coffee Special Series and Pearl Ice Series.

Since it's our first time to try this line, we opted to order their best seller which is Earl Grey Milk Tea.

I almost forgot to take pictures of the milk tea. So there - 1/8 full cup. Haha.

Earl Grey Milk Tea Large, with Pearls, 100% sweetness

Before milk teas were born, I'm already a fan of teas. I was able to taste different flavors of teas - Earl Grey, of course, English Breakfast, Jasmine, Peppermint, Chamomile, Blueberry, Sweet Peppermint, Lemon Ginger, and a lot more. Earl Grey has a distinct strong taste that I love.

The first sip made my scream like crazy. I could not think of any other word that could describe the taste aside from the word "authentic". It was real! It was a real Earl Grey Tea with milk! The tea was not too strong and the milk wasn't overpowering. 100% sweetness is perfect for those who love sweets. I find 100% too sweet. Maybe I'll try 75% next time. Nevertheless, the sweetness did not affect my overall verdict for this milk tea. My next sip contains the add-ons -- pearls. The tapioca was cooked perfectly and it is very chewy -- the chewiest pearl so far. As with the price, it's quite pricey. 85 Php for the milk tea plus 15 Php for the pearl for a total of 100 Php. Verdict: I'll give this one an 8 out of 10. I would definitely go back to Gong Cha to taste their other products. Next on the list: Gong Cha House Special Milk Earl Grey Tea. Tee hee.

Oh well. That's all! 'Till next time guys!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Product Review: Nature Republic Fresh Farm Rice Foam Facial Cleanser

Yay for my second product review!

Korean products are invading my beauty box like crazy! First was the Aloe Vera Soothing Gel; now, the Fresh Farm Rice Facial Foam Cleanser; up next is the Botanical Cover BB Cream SPF 40.

Nature Republic Fresh Farm Rice Facial Foam Cleanser. As the name suggests, it wants you to think that the product was taken fresh from the farm. Indeed, this product smells like authentic rice. Haha! At first, I was like, "Damn. I don't like the smell of rice!!" But later on, I learned to appreciate the smell or let's just say I got used to it. Haha. Well, aside from the smell, this product gets a two thumbs up for me. The cleanser is very light and you can really feel the gentleness of the product as it touches your skin. After washing, it leaves your skin fresh, smooth and soft. I've been using this product for two months already and it kept its promise of cleansing my skin and making it look healthy. It lessened the zits on my face too. And 220Php for 150mL didn't hurt my wallet. I am actually getting more than what I paid for because of its good effects on my skin and because I think that the squeeze bottle will last up to three to four months.

Again, two thumbs up for Nature Republic Fresh Farm Rice Facial Foam Cleanser!

You're on display!

It's been a while since I last updated this page. I've been really busy because of the graduation and review classes plus I've been feeling extra lazy to write lately. This will be my first post for the month of April and I want to start it with something that really makes me happy.

Here's a picture of a guy very close to my heart:

Angelic baby face. Those who do not agree may have to see an optometrist or even an opthalmologist. Haha.

I have told him several times already how happy I am because I met him and because I have him now in my life. I will always thank God for giving me a chance to spend my life with him.

I actually do not have anything to say. As I've said, the lazy virus is propagating itself inside my body. My only intention is just to post a picture of my beloved on my page. Tee hee.
To you my dearest, 
I would like to inform you that I am intending to hold your hands, hug you tight, kiss your lips, nurse you and keep you for the longest time possible.