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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Favorite Books

Reading books is one of my favorite pastime activities especially when I’m home alone, whenever I’m at a certain place with no wifi, or if I just wanted to get away from reality for just awhile. My favorite kind of book to read is usually a young adult genre because I can somewhat relate to it and it is not that overly dramatic although there are still a few tearjerker parts of the book which I really love because I sometimes just want to ugly cry and I also  like it when I am able to feel what the characters felt like in the book that I am currently reading, it feels like I am also there with them. It’s amusing for me when I read books because I can really feel their emotions and it feels like I am also a part of their lives and living with them and I sometimes feel like I am the main character of the book that I am reading. How i wish. lol.

So my favorite books so far are the following:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I LOVE this book so much because I can really relate to it! Haha! I am a Kpop enthusiast and I have been ever since I was still in high school and this story just perfectly narrate what most fangirls feel (what I felt during that time). It wasn’t just about being a “fangirl” that got me so hooked up with this story, the main character of the book (Cath) is an introvert, I mean she’s really shy and just wants to be with her sister all the time and when they were already in college, Cath wasn’t able to adjust as quick as her

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How to deal with stress?

I have been stressed out for a couple of months now, although I try not to think much about my “problems” but it still shows especially in my face. From what I observed my face starts to break out when I am stressed out or when I also lack a good 6-8 hours of sleep. For the past months I can only count with both of my hands the nights that I slept like a baby, I couldn’t sleep properly because of too much over thinking (about my future plans) that it is already affecting my body clock. As what I said, I have also experienced break outs on my face and I think it triggered more because of too much sweets. Whenever I’m stressed I tend to eat a lot of sweets, or any types of junkfood and eating unhealthy food everyday has a bad side effects in your body like having pimples, low immune system, and also being cranky.

I experienced all of that for these past months and it’s definitely stressing me out more. Lol. I literally don’t know what to do. How do you guys deal with stress? I deal with it through eating and I think it’s a bad idea because I’m starting to gain weight. Lmao.

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