Saturday, August 19, 2017

BEAUTY // THE ORDINARY GLYCOLIC 7% TONING SOLUTION AND BUFFET PEPTIDE SERUM REVIEW


When I hit 40 it makes me more keen about skincare and it's array of brands. Are you? Maintenance is becoming more and more luxury to think and consider and I can't even remember when is the last time I ever bought a bag or shop for a wardrobe than I often do with skincare and cosmetics nowadays.


To some who personally know me, and for a long time reader might know that I don't easily try products that I don't often use or don't believe in, just for the sake of trying. I'm hesitant to do that so whenever I use skincare it only means that they get my full trust and really want to try the product. As always, I have my favorites that I repurchase over the years and some I tried and love, but breaks my heart that it gives me a hard time to repurchase. But a tested product like those can't be forgotten and when opportunity comes, I will do the click with all of my fingers. Ha! 

Did you ever experience curiosity over the product and did not even hesitate to purchase and try? Well, I did! And that happens to me with the new brand  THE ORDINARY. At first  I'm hooked with the vintage drug store like packaging. Next is the pricing. Just think of it, how come the products can afford to deal with low price and can do good for your skin? For the suggested retail price that cut almost half to three-fourth percent of the good skincare brand in the market, I'm curious to know what this brand can offer. Then I checked all the items and found out so many things that's in my bucket list. And to top it all, for a lady who manage to use high and low brands to suit her budget, I love to try their product and if the result is satisfying, I can add it to the rotation of my skincare routine. I do a rotation once in a while.

So my concern is about firming and lifting so the Buffet Peptide Serum is my choice and my toner is running low that time so instead of thinking of getting the vitamin C for prevention of further pigmentation and to helps brighten the skin, I skip it first and get the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. I'm thinking of getting the Vitamin C next if saw improvements AFTER using these two. So with no hesitation, I ordered.

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution - It is often use to treat skin discoloration, signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. If you also suffered from dull skin glycolic is a good addition to the skincare regimen. I often use to ask the aesthetician about this when I undergo a once in a while glycolic facial peel so the moment I saw the toner version I become interested. I only use it at night as prescribed with 2-3 drops on cotton balls and wipe it all over my face in upward motion including neck and decollete, skipping the eye contour area. In the morning as I wake up I wash my face and go with my morning routine to avoid any skin pigmentation since glycolic has an alpha hydroxy acid AHA that is sensitive to sun exposure. To avoid sun damage be sure to top sunblock after your morning face routine.


As three days short of time I notice changes in my skin tone and to say this is the first time I ever use a toner that gives such result. It did brighten and even out my skin tone as days goes by, but the color of my skin becomes a pale yellow than the usual that I need to check my face near the mirror to get a closer look. Some of greenish veins also appear after wiping it on but easily disappear as I finish my skincare steps. I really don't know what is the theory behind it, if it really makes your undertone to appear more. I am an Asian with yellow undertone. Does any of you uses Glycolic toner and have the same observation? Does it also makes your undertone to appear? Or did you notice you become pale after applying too? Will love to know your experience. Aside from that luckily, I did not have any break outs while using the product with my combination skin. I did notice a slight peeling on my chin and jaw too for a couple of days but I know it's normal since glycolic helps renew the skin and it's not noticeable at all. It also hydrates and does not make my face to feel tight or dry. It's unscented too a plus to those who are sensitive to intense fragrance.

Buffet Multi Technology Peptide Serum - is a water base solution. It is advice to apply before moisturizer in the morning and at night as prescribed. According to the description, it's an all in one anti aging remedy that is why it's called Buffet. For days but not exceeding a week I follow the instruction and saw maximum result. It does gives your face a firming effect but find the serum too strong for  me that gives a tight feeling for my days of continued use. But I continue the application still since I wanted to see how it goes within weeks of application. So I adjust the usage from twice to once a day with alternate use in the morning or in the evening. However, I find it too oily to use in the morning underneath make up and giving me a greasy look feeling that's why I opted to use it only at night. Maybe living in a hot humid climate cause it on me. But whenever the weather is bearable I apply the serum in the morning to follow daily use and for optimum result.


It's been three weeks now and all I can say is I am pleased with the result on me. It firms hydrates, tightens and smoothen the skin  and most of all I saw a big improvement on my face contour. I use one-fourth solution in the droplet, if you find it helpful. You can adjust the consumption base on your current skincare concern as per my personal experience, to see the result that you wanted.  This is definitely a serum to use if you are after lifting and hydrating effect. Buffet  Peptide Serum without a doubt will be replenish in my beauty arsenal. A must have!



Impress with the products that doesn't cost a fortune but works! I bought mine here



Monday, August 14, 2017

WINDOW OF HAPPINESS BLOG IS LIVE!

When you enjoy what you are doing and happens to be your job, this can't be called a job at all. It is a calling, a lifestyle, a reward, a greatest blessing from above. - Angie
                                        


You all! This is my good news and I can't contain my excitement while on the process, and finally, it's here! I heard and read it to so many and, it's true.  However the feeling is ecstatic when you are the one on that shoes. Having a personal home address is different, it's like, this is it! You are here, for good. Seriously.

I've been writing on and off since 2010 in my spare time, as an an outlet, a journal. But one thing is for sure back then that I find time to write because I have this perspective, a different kind, a more positive outlook in life. And that is why as an inspiration, I named it after my youngest Iya, my angel and inspiration and one of the reason why Window of Happiness was born then.

And now, Window of Happiness Blog is launch! I'm so happy that the name is still available in the market. Looks like it has a blessing from up above. And just like how my blog started, the concept is all about Lifestyle, Beauty, Motherhood, and a bit of Travel in between. As you can see, the design is almost the same and the alteration will be the next. Just like having a home, to put everything in your personal touch make a big difference, right? So all of that I'm looking forward to happen here sometime soon. For the meantime, I'm so happy that this home I have for years has it's own address now, and finally mine. And that makes me a happy mama and one happy person, too. I also would like to say that you may find links and banners along side the post. I know for some, you don't bother, and to some find it annoying. But the text links and banners helps this site to keep up and a portion of earnings can help my family. And that happens, right? That even a stay at home mom can find ways and means to help her family. To keep up with the rising of family financial issue and I would love to help my husband with that and, to sustain some of my beauty  "maintenance" too.πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚



For all who's been my friends and visitors here since the very beginning, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me. Thank you! I hope I able to give each one of you a good perspective about lifestyle and motherhood, the way how this blog is all about and how it all started. And please, kindly help yourself to bookmark the new address too! Ha ha ha. For the new visitors, welcome and thank you for visiting. I hope you find a home, a friend, and some sort of answer to your longing questions while you are here. And that I can able to extend my positive energy at your end. We all need  that in our life, isn't it?


I also would like to take the chance to credit son1 for being a big part of my blog creation from the start. For being my assistant in all technical issues since her mom was born in a stone age era with lack of knowledge in computer.πŸ˜‚ Thank you son and I love you! Cheers to both of us!🍷🍾



With so much love,
       Angie






Tuesday, August 8, 2017

TRAVEL // PLACES TO VISIT

                                              What is done, can't be undone



Hello, it's now August! One of my favorite month and will add a year older before the month ends. I'm not really conscious about the figure it's just a number, and as long as I can do something about the law of gravity, I am okay.πŸ˜‰ Kidding aside, I am grateful everyday, it's not easy as it goes but there's so much to be thankful for rather than to dwell, I tell that to myself. Each day is a blessing and if you find it hard today, there's someone who's making a harder life rather than you do, in that way you will know that you are blessed.

Long time reader probably know that as much as we can, my family and I find ways to travel, locally. It's a breath of fresh air to go some place that you see for the first time or a favorite. It's always good for one soul and turns out to a good boost and experience to all. And, if times comes we could travel international, London, Paris, Spain, Morocco, New York, Japan, Hongkong  and China would be in our bucket list.

But...

What if you want it differently? That you want to travel alone. Do you think of that part? Or have you travel alone before? Not for anything easy go lucky stuff but in helping to find yourself. This thing I want to do for a long time, but I just can't. There's so many randoms thoughts about the reason why, but what I only know for now is that if I able to do it I might be more at peace, that I could give more. Sometimes being an individual can be draining, right? I think in most part, it's all about dealing with yourself because you can't pour a glass of water in an empty pot, and this is true. Do you think so too?

Hope to find a way to go somewhere alone, just to think and reflect to the deep of my soul. This longing I need to work out. Just to breath, to absorb more all the positive energy and to release all the tension. To let myself soak. To love and to give more love. And to help find a portion of myself,  my life.

And that all you can't do for certain time, without thinking of your needed to do chores that you  will leave for a period of time. And of course, your family.

I might say that it's not healthy to just let life goes on without putting an end to one story or say, chapter. All this I want to do for my family because I want to give all my best as a mom, a wife , and as a person.

To begin with I would like to note that I have high respect with my parents and have good relationship with them. However dealing with all the emotions when you came from a broken family without any explanation in return is not good for the children, like me, before. Back then all you do is to self analyze, to help understand the situation, to accept the fact that it happens and they don't owe you any explanation. It's a life you needed to know and understand and you have no choice.  And when the time comes I started my own life, I just wish somebody could advice me or I able to learn before hand that to go with another chapter, you should deal first whatever is left unresolved because in some point, your future decisions, though  unaware, is still base on what you left behind. 

Now is the rise of the millennials, I just hope that it will come as an eye opener to all the young ones that a child needed to understand. It's not that every family should be together if it aren't working out and I respect that. But children is a  part of the family and they needed to know what is happening. They can understand, and in time they can accept, they can and will heal and they can start all over their life in full, with extended family with them or none at all. I hope this will raise as a good reminder to all parents, young ones and even the mature ones because "what is done can't be undone". And I respect parents who help explain their children what is the situation they are into because with that they let the child raise awareness on what is really happening with their surroundings, with their family. A salute to all of you.

All of this going through emotions I just needed to release, maybe because it's my birth month, that's why, and all through the years unaware, I still find myself crying, being sentimental, And through that you know within yourself that there's needed to be fix, that there's still hanging inside of you. 

To my husband, thank you very much for all the hard laughs and the years that we've been together through the good times and bad, it makes our foundation strengthen. And to my children, my world, mama just want to have the best for you,  I love you all.

May you family be guided always, friends. God bless.


Till then,
Angie





Thursday, July 27, 2017

BEAUTY // TREAT YOURSELF



Alone time. Self care. Treat yourself. Words that are a luxury to hear nowadays. How many times do you look at yourself in the mirror? What's your usual outfit throughout the day? How do you find time to nourish yourself, physically, mentally and spiritually? Do you have enough time to do the things you needed for yourself aside from your usual routine? Or does your workload taken all your toll and not giving you a break? Some of the things that struggling in my mind before that I am not aware that triggers to have an anxiety attack.

Sometimes all of the want ( but needed ) things are set aside because of what we think that are most important things that's needed in the family. However even though we love and enjoy taking care of our home and looking for our kids it's also important to take care of ourselves. It's hard to hold back and put at bay the things you needed to do for a day just to spend time for yourself, thinking it will tend to pile up for the next day and you have nothing to rely on, but yourself. But to think that a person with no energy in all aspects make it no sense to go through. One must needed to pause or stop just to put herself back. I manage to practice the art of slow living or there are days that I slow it down, giving myself a break. Like a two to three hours of sleep that I think I don't need to do but my body thank me afterwards. It's a rare scenery but really, a privilege. Maybe somebody who work so much that only stop when there's nothing else to do could possibly understand the situation I want to imply. But as a mama, I know, we are all fully loaded. 

 I almost forgot how it looks like to be "alluring" wearing this kind until my daughter gave me one as a present not so long ago. I've been comfortable wearing "boxer" shorts and tank tops aside from big shirt dresses through the years. But, it's never too late, right? ha ha

I've listed down some aspects that help me to keep sane. Mothering and being a stay at home wife is no joke. It's even harder when I'm in the office before meeting with so many deadlines, that still, you can handle. So to be better with your craft, just like a student it's a continuous learning process to be at your very best.


Mental - Carving some moment to adapt positive thoughts for the day in the most convenient way whenever you are. For me it's mostly in the morning after the two youngest gone to school. To take a pause after the rush morning and to help me boost to another set of load chores throughout the day. Having my morning cup is my favorite time or yet while clearing the front yard and looking at the garden. It's a bliss of nature that set my morning to a good start. A good time to reflect too and as always, Pilates helps.

Spiritual - Nothing can compare than to have the word of God at the center of your life. Reading verses, humming songs that you can only hear at church. Talking to Him and telling stories like you do to your friend or a close relative. It makes Him even more closer and your life, at peace. I can't imagine what will be my life like without Him. Everything I have now, I owe it up to him, He is really a Savior. Starting off the week too with a good gospel is a good source to get your week on track. And like I always do, I always pray that whoever have a hard time in their life right now in what situation they are in, at this very moment, may they find peace and light through Christ, and everything will follow. 

Physical - This word sometimes taken for granted. As a mommy who done a routinary tasking, I always make myself the last on the list that need to have a budget to spend for. Sometimes there's a feeling of guilt spending too much for yourself that you know there's needed to be paid for next month. But sometimes not only for a mom, but in whatever life circumstances we are at, sacrifices happens, right? But you only need to fill what you can't do at the moment to not deprive yourself to feel and look good. Dwelling on the things that you have before that now gone is a no. No. It doesn't help in either way, right? So if you are like me before who have a budget on monthly facial, body massage, foot spa and all the ohhh and ahhh feels to pamper, brace yourself, cause now home spa is your best bet. I've learned to do a at home foot spa by the help of the machine that I've got when I'm still working. ( good thing I able to keep itπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ) A once a week good body massage with the help of coffee grounds and olive oil and a diy pedi. As for the face an Olay clarisonic like machine helps to clear my skin. Once in a while I'm thankful to booked a spa getaway, once in every quarter helps, but sometimes if lucky enough to schedule it before hand, that's precious! A sanctuary kind of feeling. But if there's one thing that helps me most to keep my self esteem on point is the fact that I never take my skincare for granted. Since single up to now I love to  do my morning and evening ritual. Though through the years I've learned to find skincare brands that have a good effect but is more budget friendly on a mom like me. So guys sometimes we can't cover all the skincare expenses even if we are used to buying luxury brands that we apply on our skin before, if there are out there like me who have sentiments on budget and purchasing the tested brands you want but there are times you can't, don't feel bad. Just loose up on the things your budget can't and test some brands that is more budget friendly but have a good result. As a positive note, you can always mix and match the high and low brands whenever budget comes, right? And splurge on serums of all, if not a night moisturizer helps a lot, just a tip coming from one mama here.πŸ˜‰ Remember it's better to apply something on rather than not. Just take in consideration that even though how good looking you are nowadays, don't be too confident on yourself and apply nothing since maintenance is the key. As we age, law of gravity exist so it's better yet to take care of our skin at an early age than to feel sorry tomorrow. Who's with me with that theory?πŸ™‹πŸΏ

So ladies and to all moms, how do you do to feel good and attract positive thoughts within your day? In your life in particular? Since we are different from the things that we like and we have different lifestyle too, can you share some of the things how you take care of yourself that give you a bliss that are not in the list above? I also want to learn from you and you could possibly inspire others too.

Again, I appreciate your continued support in reading my essays ha ha. It's a therapeutic feeling each time I write. A good outlet that helps my inner self shift to an office work mode lady like kind of thing. It's only us who can help ourselves to feel good and to be what we want to be, right now. At this very moment in our life. 


Hugs to all,
Angie











Monday, July 17, 2017

MOTHERHOOD // PERSONAL GROWTH

  Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.



Life has been busy as of late. There's an added things I'm working out with and in time I will share it with you all. There's something about changing routine that keep me excited about and at the same time feeling drain at the end part of the day. Who's with me? I'm that kind of lady who wants to get things done, like to finish what I've started. Multi tasking if or as you call it. I don't know if that's a good point or not but what I know now is that I able to find balance within the busy hours and what could give me bliss if I want to slow it down. Like taking time off on weekends is a great way for inner peace and self care. I'm still on the process of getting use to it, and so far, loving the results.



I have been writing so much about motherhood, a day in the life and some of my personal beauty interest in between this space for a long while. Motherhood journey is so fulfilling and the hardest, but greatest job I have that I can't imagine to fulfill and to reward myself with. But let's talk about you! Yes! You only, as a person, as a lady, as a mother.


Have "emptiness" came across your mind? Don't get me wrong, but this is inline to all moms who live the life in a corporate world, nine to five jobs, traveling, excelling in their fields, did build their careers before taking care of the household. Taking care with all the household chores. by. yourself. Eventually have a nani ( praise! ) or a babysitter. Or none at all. Then life revolves.


I will be honest, though as to these day I'm living the life that I dreamed of having and that means taking care of my kids and to witness how they grow, to nurture them without the interruption of going to the required job field that I'm into before. But there are days, a part of me, sometimes, that felt like I'm stuck. That's something is missing. Does motherhood or mothering if you call it feels like these? Or do you ever felt this kind? How do you react to your feelings when these thoughts goes all over your mind?


I think there's something about productivity issue as a part of personal interest? What do you think? This is one of the reason why I started writing before. I don't think it's a postpartum issue, or maybe. I don't know. I don't ever had the chance to think it that way before. I started the blog six months after giving birth to my youngest, Iya. I think motherhood doesn't  come by losing your own self. That there's a place or a part for you to grow within your liking in terms of how your time gonna deal with it, and how will you cover yourself to grow without the hindrance in your motherhood journey.

Now I came to a point why there are mothers who graduated from college in their 50's or to be in the prime of business at their golden years. Maybe this is because they only continue what they have left behind. A part of them that has been freeze for a moment to welcome motherhood. That letting your family live to the fullest and seeing your child grow from tiny humans to the best or ( worst)  person he becomes is the most fulfilling and rewarding part that comes the journey of life. The best part. That you can't turn back. Time.

Sometimes it's always best to keep on looking for the solution than to get stuck on the problem. Don't you think so?

Time will come that everything will be alright. Good luck to us moms! May God fulfill whatever our hearts desire.


Till then,
Angie



Sunday, July 9, 2017

HOME // KITCHEN PROJECT

         Heads up for the BIG SALE of the week including Beauty, Home, Fashion and many more!! 


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Ten months ago we move to our forever home and from that time on the endless popping of projects and inspirational home designs never ends. Though we are not on the boat that can easily do what we wanted in one time, as we wish, but already appreciate the progress that we did within almost a year of stay.

Slowly as months flew by we able to replace some of our old appliances and added new furnitures in between, like the bed that the husband gifted to me as a surprise on mother's day that I appreciate whole heartedly. But the one that makes me happy is the refrigerator that can fit the needs for a family of six. Anyone who loves to cook and always be in the kitchen would understand this thought, i think. It's been long overdue to have one but I'm always the one skeptical as I would rather have it when the "move" happens. And just one happy mama here that all of that orderly put into place.

And now the time comes that we get to focus on the kitchen and it will be the one major point in our home and the one that got me excited about. I've been looking forward for these day to happen since the time I stepped down to the property and glad we are on the planning stage and the lay out of prints, the first part. Though from the start I know that this improvement means a months to a year of work since budget is a big factor. But slowly as it is I'm excited and positive that the project will push through and I'm not complaining. And from time to time I will post some on instagram stories for some snaps. 

From these day forward I'm looking forward for white walls, marble slabs and open windows that goes with the kitchen interiors. There's something about white walls that got me always, so that, I wanted to incorporate to our kitchen. And, the husband approves. As a minor improvement, son1 and I are on this project together on painting our peachy beige rooms to white walls,  ( And there are so many shades of white,  I'm confused!😯 ) while he is free from school, and this mama take advantage of that time.😘 I love the idea that each of them have a role to impart, that makes our stay and memories to our forever home unforgettable.

Do any of you undergo home improvements nowadays? What kind? It is so exciting, no? But I know it also impart a lot of stress, what's the catch at your end. But somehow, it is included on the process and anyone undergo to that, right? I'm sure it will be a fulfilling sight at the end of us.

Till then

Saturday, July 1, 2017

MOTHERHOOD // A DAY IN THE LIFE


How come it's July already? Days come too quick that when you don't take it slow there's so many moments that will be left behind. Don't you think so? The heat is still on considering Philippines is a tropical country but am glad rainy days started, atleast the headache of this lady will be gone away. Too much heat makes me sick.

On the other note, school year officially started here and it's another reason for us to adjust. Early morning wake up calls and early call for bedtime is the main key that makes the difference. It will take a month or so before our system get to adjust to the new routine, I think. It doesn't come easier as new season comes for me as a mother. Sometimes I forgot things on how I manage to adjust to the previous season and survive the beautiful "chaos" of motherhood until I pause for a while and carve an alone time, to take a deep breath and reflect. Meditate. This trick as I call it, never fails. It always help me to stand strong and to stand still. I think there's no such thing that you could "master" the craft as everyone of us have a different path to pursue and undertake. Though we only have a mission and that is to do the best we can for our children.


I listed down some notes below that personally gives me an easier balance in my day routine. I have tried and tested several things but these are only what is left that has given me much help to make life easier and to put anxiety at bay. Feel free to share yours. Motherhood is a beautiful community that unites, so anything good you say might be of help to others too, right?

1. As much as possible I do the laundry chores on a day to day basis. ( If not, succeeding day should be double loads )
2. On weekdays, our meals are cook before supper double purpose for the next day kids pack lunch. for school. However,  I'm trying these time to pack newly cook rice with it.
3. Doing as short as fifteen minutes Pilates is a sanctuary to begin my day with. 
4. Cultivating soil and a touch of greeney is within my nature so a routine with the plants helps to calm my senses.
5.  And for Friday, to say hello to the weekend we started a routine last year with the two youngest to eat out after school so they can do what they want at night. If that makes to go early to bed or to stay late at night. It's up to them, I mean it's friday, right? The bottom line is we are still having our dinner together, may it be outside or infront of our dining table at home.    
6. Alone time. May it be sipping my morning cup of coffee, going to supermarket ( which I fond to do by the way ) or a time for wellness; spa or a trip to salon. It makes me feel like I did'nt deprive myself to look and feel good eventhough my time is almost cut out on household chores. I know i don't need to elaborate on this part and you know what I mean. Don't you? Hello, self esteem!  
7. Weekdays and that means five days of multi tasking is all what is needed to be done that's why I came out to this decision to slow down on Saturdays and Sundays. All major chores will be put at bay and schedule only for weekdays. Petty things can be done on weekends but that's it! I started to tell myself to be good on my well being and take time to rest. In the first place it's hard when a mom got sick. It's proven that our home will somewhat collapse.   
                          
Nowadays I am happy the way motherhood is to me. It now comes back to those time that it's only more on physical chaos. Like the never ending laundry that I think will forever be my kryptonite ha ha! The emotional struggles passed it's phase and I'm thankful for His guidance that gives me light and hope to those times. I know it doesn't come yet to an end since life is a roller coaster ride. But I'm grateful that He help me show the life on how to live in contentment, hope and peace even though there can be times that you're sleeping in a torn of roses. Everything in life comes easy when you surrender it all up to Him. 

And to top it all, though we all have our "struggles" and blah about our day to day but in our heart and in our mind and to our core, the passion and love never fades. That's why each one of us strive hard to reach out and unite because the spark of love is burning so strong that even struggles will not defeat us. Big hugs to all of you that is been on this journey.





Tuesday, June 20, 2017

WHAT I AM LOVING RIGHT NOW // RECENT FAVORITES


I have crossed out some of my bucket list last month, some came as a gifts which I emailed to have a hint πŸ˜‰ while the others I personally purchase. Isn't it's lovely to receive a gift that you just love and know you could use? Atleast, it works.


It's been a while that I am eyeing for Marc Jacobs Beauty cosmetics after the brand release the air blush soft glow duo line sometime last year. However, I'm on this mantra to limit the wants and go for the needs first, so I prioritize the foundation and added a tube of lipstick which the color I could not resist, hello pink! I just hope I have that courage to brace myself not to purchase their blush sometime soon. But knowing it's now available to purchase locally online here is a great factor to consider...and to discipline myself- to wait! ha! Like lipstick, there's no term like too many blush, right? Are you too on it? I think I should post about that sometime soon. What do you think?✨


By now it's not new to some of you most especially to those who's along with me on instagram that lately I'm fond of Laneige skincare. I have extended my little growing skincare from their eye cream which I reviewed here, to using their time freeze firming sleeping mask last month, which is by the way much better to use with the roller supposedly, for an intensive result. I used the mask every other night, after cleansing, toning and applying serum. I love the lifting effect and the dewy look it gives in the morning. As of now, Laneige never fails to surprise me, and after using their serum sample and saw good results, I think my love for the brand will not yet end sometime soon.


I also added a bottle of Mario Badescu Collagen moisturizer with spf 15 after loving the Aha & Ceramide moisturizer. The latter has been a part of my skincare routine started late last year I alternate them from using in the morning and so far loving the results on me. It's not that you can see instant results but as a maintenance, it's a good choice. If you are too on the look out for a budget friendly skincare line and won't like to splurge too much but want to see good results, this one is for you. The Mario Badescu aha & ceramide is great for skin renewal, lightens the skin and easily absorb by the skin after application, a must if you are applying make up afterwards, while the collagen moisturizer helps to tighten and lift the skin overtime. 







Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A VISIT TO LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR



Finally we find time to fix the schedules and go on with our plan this summer. It has been early plan but rescheduled due to small things. Glad we able to pursue the vacation and we are far more excited. Still exploring the north part of the country, in Bataan ( Luzon ) this time, There's so much pretty places to visit and hopeful to cross out all our bucket list as long as we have  the chance each year. 




It's been on my bucket list to visit Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar the first time i saw photos roaming around in social media. There's something about the place that brings me back to my childhood days. Looking back, our house then is made of nipa ( a roof that is made of leaves ) with planks of wood as a wall and flooring.That time, though modern architectures rises, there's still apart in our hood that retain their heritage homes. Lucky i must say to witness that type of beauty then. I am always at awe with the architecture and structure of heritage homes, may it be a simple home like ours then or a lavish mansion with a pedestal like stairs and a huge "silong"  ( ground floor open basement; a space below the house )  where you can laid back in a hammock, even having a few baskets as a nest where chickens can lay eggs, a beautiful memories to reminisce. For a girl who grew up to no means of transportation aside from walking back then embraces the beauty of it in a day to day basis. It's like a metamorphosis, to bring you back in the past while navigating the mind what is like to live in that era. When you live in countryside, there's a part of you dreaming to live in the city but when that time comes, going back to your roots and seeing the same environment is a comfort zone. It feels like home, would you agree?




That's what I felt the first time I saw Las Casas in photos, and to see the place with my own eyes is far more beautiful and overwhelming. The female employees who wore a "baro at saya" ( pre- colonial / traditional clothing ) in the reception area and the male who wore a "kawal" ( soldier ) suit makes a big impact as you enter the premises and see them roaming around the place. It's like you enter the Spanish colony that time. It mesmerized all of us, most especially my son. Then the accommodation place, aaaahh all wooden. The flooring, big planks of woods, the huge "capiz " windows ( the bivalve shell found especially in the Philippines ) as well as the wooden armoire ( "aparador" as we call it ) with full length mirror infront, the way it used to be. Gorgeous. The bathroom is huge with an old detailing that opens up a nice and history type of conversation to us, while taking time to rest. A good start.





Las Casas is like a "Disneyland" to people who grew up with the same type of environment. It's a happy and therapeutic place that every sight is a dream. And, I don't mind coming back there alone, with a friend or with my whole crew once again in the future. It's a place that you won't mind coming back at all, like the way you reminisce your life back in your yester years. A nostalgia. As a note, the place is hot and humid and the aircondition rooms is a big help. Planting more trees to grow lush and green is a great way to cope to the tropical summer heat. I can imagine how exciting to walk and even jog with huge trees all over the side walks. An everyday bliss. A big factor that I think every guests concern. I also hope that the management will be keen and maintain the place well, like they do now, for the future generation to see and for us to keep coming back along. For this type of place and beauty, repair and maintenance is the main key. I hope they all look into that. Aside from that, the place is breath taking.





The concept of the owner in making this project is genius and helpful. For a type of country who don't have enough budget to restore an old structures, De Acuzar is a gem on doing that. So sad to see buildings and houses like these are almost wear and tear nowadays. It's like burying the heritage that we once saw and live before. A part of me, us to some, or to all who once live in the same ancestral homes. There is so much to do in Las Casas aside from swimming and sight seeing, an added few days of stay is perfect to enjoy all the resort amenities, take note to that.





Over all, moments like these are treasure in a lifetime, Such a blessing to experience this as a family. So happy to impart a part of our summer vacation that will live in the memories of our children, to be a sort of foundation, to turn back to happy times and smile. A needed boost when they have seizure in their own life someday, Grateful for this moment, a vacation that we all needed to renew and freshen up. A reward in a day life. Don't you think? 




What you are up to this vacation? Is summer started at your end? Hope you enjoy the season to the fullest. Till then.









Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar
Baranggay Ibaba, Bagac 2107
Bataan, Philippines



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