Happy Monday

I had a busy Monday. I found myself at Power Plant Mall yesterday for lunch, so I brought my starving self to Shawa Wama. 

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I ordered the red beet falafel rice meal with a side order of fried cauli. It was delicious!

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I later proceeded to Trinoma in Quezon City for a meeting. Later for dinner, I treated myself to this beautiful chicken and pasta plate from World Chicken. This outlet in the mall never fails to please me with their flavorful chicken and generous sides. 

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And before calling it a day, I spent time with my favorite dog Ella and her friends at Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe. It is always a lovely time with these fur babies who love being with humans.  

Having a good Monday is a state of mind. Even if I’m busy, I find myself eating the food that I want, knitting, and swinging by my usual dog cafe. Life is too short, so let’s make our Mondays count! 

Forever Young

As I face many challenges with my dad being terminally-ill and my jobhunting journey, I felt that I needed a break. I went to Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe to unwind with their friendly doggos.  

I missed my favorite dog Ella’s kisses! She’s a tiny chiweenie with a big heart.  

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With Bonita, a tiny poodle. 

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Chocnut and Stitch!

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With Stitch. 

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With Martha. 

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And Happy the Pug!

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I had lunch with my family at Conti’s. Their chicken roulade was delicious! 

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For dessert, I had the Oreo matcha frozen yogurt from Elait.  

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Then, I dropped by the Barbie birthday event at The Block. 

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I’m a shameless Barbie fan. I got dolls for me and my goddaughter Kate.  

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I could hardly contain my excitement with my new doll. 

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My Grab car yesterday was cute! It had Doraemon seatcovers. 

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Then, I dressed my new doll in her new Hello Kitty outfit.  

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She’s a Made to Move Barbie, and I had fun posing her. 

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There’s nothing wrong with playing with toys as an adult. Being forever young helps me manage with life’s stresses with positivity and good vibes.  

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Here’s to more happy days ahead!

Videoke Night

Last night was a lovely opportunity for me to be grateful for all the blessings. My Human Nature family and I had our Core Advocate Night, wherein we focused on our theme for 2019: Matthew 6:33 (But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. NIV).

I am thankful for all the support that is extended to me as a Human Nature Dealer. Please continue doing so by purchasing from my Human Nature Online Shop!

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We closed our fellowship with a potluck dinner and a videoke night! I had fun belting out my Aegis and Whitney Houston favorites. 

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And of course, it was lovely to sing with friends.  

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I found my tribe in this amazing company. I am excited to see us all grow together this 2019! 

Farm Saturday

Yesterday, I visited the GK Enchanted Farm with fellow Human Nature Core Advocates for a tour and immersion. This was my sixth visit to the farm. My previous tours were as a social business camper and with friends. Now, I am back as a core advocate with my own Human Nature Online Shop.  

But first I needed to fuel up at McDonald’s.  

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We met up at the Human Nature Flagship Store.  

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We were also given some nibbles by a fellow core advocate.  

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Then, it was time for our journey!

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We reached the farm at around 9:30am, and we started the tour.  

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Our bubbly tour guide, Gelai, is a graduate of the SEED School. She speaks French, English, and Filipino!

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I had a wonderful day of touring the farm, it’s various social enterprises, and of course, enjoying the delicious bounty of the earth!  

It was time for our ride back to the city.  

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And before going home, I enjoyed an early dinner of toasted naked longganisa at Breakfast Bin. 

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I needed the farm tour to realign myself with my values and to appreciate life more. I am proud to see the farm grow, and to be in the company of kindhearted friends.

Here’s to more goodness and opportunities!

Valentine’s Clutch

I’m single and happy on Valentine’s Day. While I’m looking for a partner, I’m also happy with myself. I think that’s the perfect foundation for a relationship, because I’m already fulfilled on my own. 

Having said that, I finished crocheting this clutch using cotton yarn from my favorite local notions store, The Attic Yarn and Craftery.  

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To celebrate, I got myself some ensaimada and iced coffee from my neighborhood cafe.  

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I also got a pixie trim and I feel fabulous! 

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Self-love is the best foundation for a relationship. I am fortunate to have found fulfillment with my own talents, such as crochet! I know that whoever will date me in the future will be a lucky man because I’m already comfortable in my own skin. 

Homework

Yesterday, I stayed home to knit while listening to podcasts. 

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I later whipped out my copy of Abbey Sy’s Always Be Creating because I was craving for some inspo to jumpstart the new year. 

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I was inspired to get my new journal to answer some journaling prompts in the book. 

This pretty notebook was a surprise present from the kindhearted ladies behind my favorite local yarn store, The Attic Yarn and Craftery

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I went back to Abbey’s book and answered the prompts on passion points. 

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Turns out, my passion points have not changed at all since childhood, and the same things still make me happy as an adult. 

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Given my limited resources and packed schedule, I am able to pursue my usual habits with ease because I know myself well after all. 

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I am still in the middle of the book, but I can say that it’s worth purchasing! It’s helpful especially if you are feeling the need to infuse creativity into your life. Also, it pays to have a journal on hand so that you can answer journaling prompts not just in this book, but from other influencers as well (you may search for prompts on the internet). The possibilities are endless once you commit to a creative life- and the best part is finding yourself in the process. 

Coffee Break

Yesterday, I had lunch with a friend of mine at Sunnies Cafe. I had the caramelized spam bowl and a cold one. 

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I had fun with their neon-lit washroom. 

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And we went to Kape Tayo for some coffee. It was really good!

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I had a lovely lunch and coffee break with an old friend. I also got to knit.

May the rest of my 2019 be just as memorable.  

A Fresh Start

Back when I was still working at Ortigas, I would have lunch at Juju Eats Podium. Their pesto pasta salad was my favorite as it was filling and refreshing! 

For my last lunch of the year, I had it again. I love their sticker: GOOD JUJU!  

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I missed this salad so much!

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It brought me back to the good old days. As I welcome 2019, I remain optimistic that the days will be good, bearable, and blessed. 

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I knitted while having coffee.  

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Then I had a chair massage after running some errands! 

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I am welcoming the new year with a new bag and wallet. I chose local brand Heartstrings because all of their bags are designed and made in the Philippines! Also, this colorful rainbow design is cheery and bright. I am straight, but rainbows just resonate with me. 

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I know that it’s up to me to make 2019 better than the last! So with a growth mindset and optimism, I know that I got this!

Boxing Day 2018

Yesterday, I got to enjoy Boxing Day all by my lonesome. I donned the Samantha dress which was a Christmas gift from my cousin Choi’s online store, Snatched

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I ran some errands for my family, then had the grilled cheese caprese sandwich from The Sandwich Guy.  

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And for some cheap thrills: I finally got a USB speaker for my handy radio/MP3 player. I got mine from CD-R King, along with the USB wall adaptor. I can finally listen to the radio without needing to put on some earbuds!

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I make life work by staying positive, and treating myself within my budget. Here’s to enjoying the rest of the holidays, and getting into the spirit of giving to myself!

Christmas Eve 2018

Yesterday, I got to eat lunch with my Lucas relatives. I wore my new Sunnies Specs glasses from Sunnies Santa and applied Sunnies Face Glowboss on my cheekbones for some extra sparkle. 

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We chose Katherine’s Cafe at Vertis North as they had a wide range of food for our varied tastes. Since I was craving for pasta, I ordered this Vigan longganisa and salted egg number. It was delicious!

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My goddaughter Kate was ready to eat pizza and bring some Christmas cheer that only kids could give. 

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I gave her kid’s toiletries from my Human Nature online store. You may still purchase last minute presents and have them delivered straight to your doorstep! Shop now!

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I also got her a special toy from Toys R Us. 

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I received some lovely presents and I am grateful to be part of my relatives’ shopping lists!

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There are still plenty of blessings to be grateful for. Amidst all the challenges that my family is facing, I am still thankful that we get to celebrate Christmas together this year.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Playtime with Dogs

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon playing with the dogs of Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe. Yes, again. I’m there at least twice a week. Sorry not sorry!

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I got to play with their new dog, Buchi. She’s a beagle-corgi mix, and she is assigned at their SM North Towers branch.  

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She’s really playful, and she seems to like my pixie! 

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Of course, no visit to the dog cafe will be complete without some cuddle time with my favorite, Ella.

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Before going home, I also got to meet another new dog, Bonita the poodle.  

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I’m really attached to Barkin’ Blends’ dogs and the humans behind this cafe. I will definitely be back very soon!

Sunday Breakthrough

Yesterday, I got to catch the first night of Simbang Gabi for Sunday mass.  

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Then, I joined my family for my second mass of the day. 

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We had lunch at Amici, and I had this delightful combo of Aglio Olio pasta and ube gelato. 

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It was a good day because my dad was able to go out and have mass for the first time in months. Here’s to more breakthroughs and positive moments!

Lucas Specs

After winning a pair of Sunnies Specs from dearsunniessanta, I was able to free up my budget (consisting of monetary holiday gifts from relatives abroad) in order to buy presents for myself. This year is different because my dad has recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness. I chose to buy gifts for my parents aside from just spending for myself, in order to cheer them up this holiday season. 

Thanks to the recent 12.12 Lazada sale, I was able to buy four pairs of Sunnies Studios sunglasses. This isn’t a sponsored post, and I bought these with my own money. 

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It was satisfying to open my delivery yesterday. 

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The sunnies pairs were neatly packed, and they all looked amazing! 

The top two pairs are for my parents, while the bottom two are for myself. I got them at a steal, and admittedly, that sale was fun! 

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I will never forget that moment when I won those specs, and will forever be grateful. I will support the Sunnies group when I get a job soon. For now, I will rock these sunglasses with flair, and I will enjoy the holidays with my family. 

Cut and Specs

Yesterday, I had my pixie trimmed at the affordable salon near my home. 

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I feel renewed whenever I have my monthly haircut. I feel grateful for the support of my loved ones in this difficult time as I am still able to pamper myself within my means. 

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I received some Starbucks top-up from my loved ones, so I was able to collect enough stickers for a 2019 planner. My solo coffee sojourns have provided me with clarity amidst the challenges that my family is currently facing. 

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I also returned to Elait for some hand-rolled frozen yogurt. Their desserts are delicious, but even better than that is their advocacy, which is hiring deaf servers who whip up these awesome treats. 

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I continued enjoying my Monday as I went to Barkin Blends Dog Cafe at SM North Towers to spend time with my favorite doggos. 

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This is still my favorite dog cafe because the dogs are treated well. They are walked outdoors and they have enough food, water, and updated shots. Best of all, they are happy and trained to be sociable with human guests- even with kids!

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I drove home feeling warm and fuzzy after spending time with the furbabies. So imagine my heightened happiness when I received news that my wish for a new pair of plastic specs has been granted by @dearsunniessanta, the social media gift-giving arm of my favorite eyewear brand, Sunnies Specs

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I am grateful to everyone who are helping me get through the holidays now that my dad is terminally ill. Self-care is important as it enables me to provide better care to my loved ones. I am definitely loved and I will pass it on this holiday season and beyond! 

Barkin Blends at SM North

Yesterday, I attended the grand opening of Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe’s second branch at SM North Towers. I had so much fun!

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I was greeted by Finn the golden retriever. 

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And I was drawn by their display of food for dogs! 

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Yes, dogs! You can date your dog here!

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Since it was their opening, I was treated to salted egg chicken wings and carbonara which are only available from their Sta. Lucia branch. 

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I totally dig their inclusive restroom. 

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Here I am with the owners, Ajie and Ate Tina, who have already become my close friends. 

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Their doggo treats are reasonably priced. 

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They also offer made-to-order doggo cakes!

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Finally, here are a couple of pictures with Bern, the main girlboss begins Barkin’ Blends. She’s wearing my Christmas present, a cowl which I have knitted for her. 

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I also got to cuddle their resident doggos, like my favorite Ella. 

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Here I am with Stark the pomsky...

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 ...Booster the Lhasa apso...

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 ...and Stitch the Frenchie!

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Here’s a sample of their doggo meal, the arroz  dogubana. 

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Buchie seems to like it!

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For dessert, I dropped by their neighbor, Elait. 

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They are known for their deaf crew and frozen yogurt and custard. 

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I ordered the strawberry mango cheesecake frozen yogurt and it was delicious!

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Props for using local dairy, Elait!

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I started knitting a new cowl while having coffee. 

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Later that night, I had soup and fishcake from Korean joint Samjin Amook. 

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I also had shawarma bratwurst and rice near SM Hypermarket. 

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I capped off my day with Bayani Brew...

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 ...and a 30-minute chair massage. 

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I will definitely go back to all the places I’ve been to yesterday, especially Barkin’ Blends and Elait! See you again soon!

Work and Play

Yesterday, I had a meeting at Ortigas. I took the P2P going there, and I knitted while I was stuck in traffic. 

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After my meeting, I had lunch at Sunnies Cafe. Half of the time was spent taking pictures around their interesting interiors. 

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I had pumpkin purée... 

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...Sunnies risotto... 

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 ...and a flat white. 

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Then, I proceeded to Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe for some furry cuddles. 

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I find time to knit wherever I go, eat at places that make me happy, and hug my furry canine friends. Life may be hard, but I have usual rituals that keep me going. Here’s to more yarn, coffee, and cuddles! 

Dancing to Life’s Beat

Yesterday, I got to join an Aerosports Dance-Off at Quezon Memorial Circle. It was from 6-9am. I had fun!

My friend Cyndi was also there to dance.  

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I rewarded myself with some knitting...

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 ...and a bowl of yummy toasted naked longganisa with talangka brown rice for breakfast. 

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I also got to see the first game of the Battle of Katipunan between UP and Ateneo. 

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I was sad that UP lost, so I walked around the oval to comfort myself. 

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I got home to a package of yarns that I ordered from my favorite yarn store, The Attic Yarn and Craftery

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I’m glad that I was able to combine my passions for fitness and crafting in my life! Here’s to more fit weekends and crafternoons!

Core Advocate Forever

I have been selling Human Nature products for five years now, and I have been an online seller of their natural products this year. My Human Nature online store continues to be a blessing to my life, as I am able to earn extra by selling products which I personally use and have transformed the lives of many Filipinos. Please support my store by making a purchase today!

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To my regular customers, and to all of you who have made a purchase by reading my blog entries, thank you! It is because of you that I continue to believe in Human Nature and its effective products. 

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More importantly, your support has enabled me to believe in myself. And because of this, I have supported Human Nature’s fundraising initiative for Marawi this Christmas. In exchange for my support, I received this beautiful bracelet by Silverworks.  

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My life continues to be blessed, thanks to brands like Human Nature that allow me to give back with every purchase and product sold.  

Walang Iwanan! 

Last FURiday night

Last Friday night, I sipped on some milk tea while hanging out with the cute dogs of Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe. I can visit them as often as I can as they help me relax and calm down amidst my busy schedule.   

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Chocnut the chiweenie has an amusing angry face!

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Ella, my favorite dog, still approaches me and sleeps on my lap- even if someone’s already snoozing there!

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Visiting my furry friends is one of my self-care rituals. I have my own pet dog because my parents are allergic to them, but I can spend time with these friendly dogs when I have the time. I hope that you also found your happy place, and that you always have a reason to go back. 

Self-Care Saturday

Yesterday, I got to swing by the Human Nature flagship store to check out this year’s Christmas boxes. As you know, I am a Human Nature core advocate. You may help me and Gawad Kalinga communities by purchasing fair trade toiletries from my online store.  

Thank you in advance for your support! 

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Afterwards, I went to The Maker’s Cafe to clear my head with some knitting. 

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This charming cafe, which is right beside my Alma mater Holy Family School, always gets me in a creative vibe. 

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I ordered their chicken alfredo, which is pleasantly spicy. It was a delicious crafternoon companion. 

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Then, I dropped by the hospital to care for our sick family member. Since the hospital stay will end tomorrow, I brought home this pretty pot of flowers in my Knitting Expedition tiyargo bag. 

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I had dinner at Uno Cinquenta, which had a lowkey Christmas vibe. I totally like their minimalist decor. 

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I also got my pixie trimmed at a nearby salon beforehand. 

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I got a gyudon from the park’s Japanese resto.  

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I got my legs waxed...

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 ...then I drove home to finish knitting this cowl. I used mocha fusion yarn purchased from The Attic Yarn and Craftery

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Self-care for me is a practical journey. If I don’t care for myself, then I won’t be able to effectively care for others too. It all begins with me, so I make sure that my needs are met. As you can see, I have simple rituals, and they do keep me grounded. I hope that you have also found your self-care routine, and that they also help you to be the best version of yourself.