Life Talk: Love Life

I don’t usually talk about having a boyfriend here on my blog although everyone who knows me personally basically already knows about me having a boyfriend ofcourse including my family. lol.

The beginning of this relationship is quite hard, the first month we hid it to my family since mine was so strict although his family already knows about us from the very beginning.  It wasn’t really my intention to hide it but I guess I was scared on how they would react especially my aunt. Haha. Anyway, atleast everything’s okay now.

I thought having a boyfriend is just a walk in the park, I imagined that it would be easy peasy but nope it wasn’t like that. Learned a lot of things while in this relationship and being easy is not one of them. We fight a lot and love a lot. We both have a lot of differences and everyday we discover new traits about each other. We argue with the most littlest details and we laugh with the most childish things we encounter. This relationship has still a long way to go and we still have a lot to improve on ourselves.

Maturity, understanding, and patience are the keys for a healthy relationship and I admit that even though we are almost on our 2nd year, we both still have a lot to improve to make this work. It’s not easy, it will never gonna be easy, but we’re getting by and that’s what’s important.

 

xx,

Mariel.

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My Acne Story

Ever since I was in my teenage years up until now that I am already in my early 20’s, am still experiencing acne breakouts, it wasn’t the kind of breakouts that pimples would cover my entire face but it would pop out once in awhile which is very annoying and not to mention my skin is so dry and rashes would form in my cheeks area. I have tried any drugstore products out there that says would help healing my breakouts but unfortunately all of it didn’t work out on me. Just recently I bought a lot of skin care products and prayed that these would work because to tell you the truth, they weren’t cheap at all and skin care products are expensive especially the high-end ones and for the umpteenth time these products failed to work its miracles on me. My skin became more flaky and I thought that it was just my skin reacting to all these products that I recently used, so I kept on using it but the rashes on my face worsened up and there were already pimples on my chin area that won’t just go away (I guess they loved my skin that much lol) and it really started to affect me like my level of confidence would just go down the drain. It came to a point where I no longer want to take pictures and just looking at my face makes me sad because my pimple breakout was just too much and I’ve tried everything and it just didn’t seem to work.

Earlier this month, I decided to finally go to the derma and treat my acne prone skin. I was hesitant at first because it’s been so long since I went to the dermatologist. The procedure was very painful especially the pricking part but it was all worth it. Money spent on facial and acne medications were a bit pricey but definitely worth the risk because I can finally see some changes on my skin. Pimples on my chin area are no longer there although there are still acne scars left and the rash is already gone. My skin is beginning to clear up and never looked this healthy.

I still have acne every once in awhile but it  heals very fast and they’re very tiny and you can’t barely see them unless you’re so close to me. Fingers crossed that my skin will remain in its healthy state.

 

xx,

Mariel.

 

 

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My Current Favorite Drink

If you personally know me, you would already know how much I love milk tea! Back when I wasn’t really into saving, I would always splurge because duhh it’s my favorite! But there’s this one Milk Tea place that I’m really obsessed with, I’d literally go south to north just to buy my favorite drink from them.

Serenitea’s Matcha Uji Frappe is my happy pill! Matcha and milk tea with ice cream all in one! Wow. I have no words for this but absolute perfection! Just recently when I went there, I also tried there taro snow and it tasted so good that i finished it in less than 5 minutes.

This taro snow is not just for the upcoming hot summer season but also perfect for this tropical weather that we lived in. Serenitea has lots of flavored drinks to choose from. Why not try it out yourself and see what i’m raving about? I assure you that you won’t regret it.

The place and the ambiance is cozy, it’s instagrammable too!

 

P.s. You might be wondering why I added my photo, well it’s because i just wanted to. HAHA.

x, Mariel ❤

 

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Charity Program

First post this 2018!!! I’m finally back. :3

So i just wanted to share my experience during our company’s charity program. But before that, if you didn’t know yet, the latter part of 2017 was really heart breaking. A lot of terrible things happened. A fire broke out in one of the malls here in our city and caused a lot of deaths. ? There was also a typhoon and a lot of families were affected by it.  This tragedies happened days just before christmas. To be honest, thinking about those people who died during the fire incident and those families who were deeply affected by the flood is still making me sad. I just couldn’t imagine what their families and loved ones would feel like knowing that the people they love are no longer gonna be with them. ?

On a lighter note. The company that i’m currently working at, decided to donate and help those families who were affected by the flood. So my co-workers and I packed goods and distributed it at a place here in our city. While distributing the donations, my heart was filled with joy as I saw happy faces while telling us that they’re grateful by our humble donations.

I hope that this year, i will be able to help more people who are in need. Also, one of my main goals is to volunteer at paws and help those dogs who were maltreated and abandoned.

Thanks for reading!

xx,

Mariel.

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New TV Series

The funny thing is even though I am quite busy with work for the past months, I still managed to watch a few new TV series like 13 Reasons Why and Riverdale. I watched both in less than a week and yes, my sleep was a bit compromised but it was worth it. lol

If I have to compare both TV series, I’d say that 13 reasons why really made a big impact on me. The show is quite triggering for some reasons like it has very explicit scenes that is really mind bothering like rape scenes and bullying. 13 Reasons Why is a show about a teenage girl who committed suicide because of some tragic reasons. I suggest that you don’t recommend this show to anyone who is depressed and has a traumatic experience that might trigger them in doing something horrible.

I somehow can relate to Hannah’s experiences when I was still studying, bullying is definitely one of them, I mean I wasn’t technically bullied to the point of wanting to take my own life but I was also made fun of and it wasn’t a nice feeling at all. I hope that nobody ever feels like that ever.

Anyway, I finished all of it’s 13 episodes in one sitting, even when I was at the office I was still secretly watching through my phone. Good thing I wasn’t caught by my boss. lol.

 

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To do list on 2017

I don’t know what 2017 will bring me but I hope that I will be able to achieve my goals this year.

For the past years, I rarely think about what the future will be for me, maybe because I was very young and still immature back then, I kind of lived in the moment and although I have goals I didn’t do anything to achieve it and I was just not that serious about it. But this year, I will make sure and give every effort that I have to accomplish my goals and future plans. I will do it one step at a time.

So my goals this year includes the following:

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Why I Quit Using My Social Media Accounts

I am so excited right now and literally so happy because for months of being at home, I finally landed a job! I just can’t believe that by next year I will no longer be lazing around at home doing nothing. Lol.

I’m sharing this right now with you guys because finding a job that fits your skills is quite hard these days, especially to a person like me who is a fresh graduate and is just starting out, I seriosuly had a hard time these past few months. I honestly was depressed although it was not totally obvious but to tell you the truth, I was. I came to the point in my life where I no longer don’t want to use any form of social medias, I deactivated my facebook account, deleted and didn’t use my twitter and instagram accounts for months because every time I use them I just feel more depressed looking at the posts or updates from my batchmates who are already starting their own career. I was green with envy and it wasn’t doing me anything good at all, so I decided to quit social media at that time because it was already toxic for me, it was just making me compare myself to other people’s achievements and I wasn’t believing in myself anymore, at that very moment I wasn’t able to be sincerely happy for my friends because I felt envy instead, which is not good and I felt so horrible and wasn’t a good friend.

I was no longer happy with my life, I was moping around and thinking absurd stuff like I am never going to get a job because I’m stupid, I am not getting the job I want because I will never going to be good

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What I cooked for Christmas

I mentioned earlier in my last post that I usually am the one who cooks dinner for my family and that I will also be the one to cook . It wasn’t easy cooking six dishes on the same day, it was really exhausting to the point that I already want to sleep and don’t want to wait until 12 midnight and not to mention some of the dishes that I cooked were a total flop. Boohoo. Next time I will cook a lot of food on the same day I’ll make sure to start early so that I won’t get pressured in cooking and I will be able to finish it on time. I was so glad because my family also helped me in preparing the food. Next time I’ll make sure to do it properly and I’ll make sure that I will practice more so that I won’t get disappointed with the food that I cooked. Good thing my Lasagna was a total hit and also my Cordon Bleu.

So what I cooked during Christmas Eve were Lasagna, Cordon Bleu, Bulgogi, Beef Steak, Garlic Buttery Shrimp, and a Strawberry Cheesecake. I wasn’t able to take some nice photos of it because my relatives were already begging to eat dinner because they said that they were already starving so I didn’t have any choice and just let them eat right away. Lol. I do have pictures but I’m still not sure on whether I should post it. Lol.

Anyway, Merry Christmas everyone and enjoy the holidays with your loved ones! 🙂

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Why you need to be careful while using your Gas Oven

For how many months I kept on bugging my aunt to buy an oven because I really wanted to learn how to bake and to try out new dishes, so last year just before Christmas she finally decided to buy an oven and I was very happy and excited to use it. That Christmas time I baked a lasagna and a new york cheesecake and I was happy with the result because it tasted good. It is already almost a year and I am already so used to using the oven because whenever I’m not busy I try to make time to try out new recipes to bake.

So to make this long story short, last monday evening I decided to bake because my tito ordered a 4 dozen of red velvet cookies for my mommy’s birthday. I decided to make the dough of the red velvet ahead of time and just chill it for the night so that I can bake it the next morning without too much of a hassle and also to have an ample amount of time to prepare because I also need to go meet up with my aunt at the mall.

When I was done making the dough I decided to bake a batch of smaller pieces so that I could eat it for a snack, when I already placed the dough in the cookie tray, I let it sit first because I still have to preheat the oven and as I was already trying to light it up, I couldn’t find the match in the kitchen and remembered that it was in our living room area (I don’t even know why it got there) so I started walking there for approximately just 8-10 steps and left our oven already turned on and the gas was already leaking out because I thought that it was okay for me to leave it for just a few seconds, like literally a few seconds! When I lit the match and put it near the small hole in the bottom of our gas oven, it suddenly flashed out and the flame was so near my face that I it really scared the living daylights out of me!

My hands were shaking and I was breathing heavily, because I thought that what if it exploded and caused a fire? What if it burned our house down? I was really irresponsible that time and made me think if I still have the guts to bake and use the oven because it kind of traumatized me! Fortunately God is still so good because my index and middle finger were the only ones that got affected, I had a minor burn and although it stings a lot, it is fine with me as long as I didn’t die. lol.

What I did to treat the minor burnt area in my hand, I rubbed an ice cube on it for how many minutes so that it will not get worse and further damage skin tissues. I already learned my lesson and that is to not leave our gas oven unattended even just for a few seconds.

Here are a few burn remedies to treat your minor wounds:

  • Cold Water
  • Ice Cube
  • Aloe Vera
  • Coconut Oil
  • Honey

 

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Christmas is just around the corner!

Christmas is my favorite time of the year, not just because I’ll receive gifts (although I’m extremely happy when I do) but mainly because of the weather. I like the gloomy kind of weather, since it’s always hot here in the Philippines, I like it when the sun doesn’t come out and just stays hiding for the rest of the day. I like it when I’m outside and my sweat isn’t dripping from my body and the sunlight isn’t painful to the skin.

I love cooking and because it’s almost Christmas, I have the excuse to cook my favorite dishes and whenever it is Christmas time I am always the one who cooks the food for my family. I love that I get to cook not just my favorite dishes but also to try the new recipes that I discovered. I love it when I get to cook for my family, especially on special occasions. I’m no master chef but it seriously warms my heart every time they tell me that they loved the food that I prepared for them.

I’m thrilled to know what presents I’ll be getting this year, I hope it will be something that is useful. Shoutout to my family and friends, I just wanted to let you guys know that I’m already accepting gifts! Haha! Kidding!

Anyway, it doesn’t really matter if I’ll receive something this Christmas, if I’ll receive something then I’ll be glad but if I don’t then it’s still all right with me, because what’s important is that my loved ones are safe, we’re all together, and I also wish that whatever hardships that we’re dealing right now, that we’ll be able to get through it.

Advance Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you and  your family will have a Merry Christmas this year! 🙂

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