Thursday, August 17, 2017

#FangirlModeOn | What Drama I'm watching #LoveO20

Annyeong, cinggu! 🤗 I'm overly being dramatic lately, both drama marathons and real life drama. Hah. I will be posting regularly on what I'm done marathoning (Love O2O) and now watching (The Bride of the Water God and The King Loves). Side story. I'm subscribed to both Dramafever and Viki now, so I can watch dramas all night/day long. Hello, life! Welcome to my world! 🤷🏻‍♀️

Ottoke!? I have a new anti-aging, Yang Yang oppa. 😂
Before KDramas, there were Chinese/Taiwan Dramas (and I'm crazy about them too, type Asian/Taiwan Drama in my search box). I'm happy to reconnect with the captivating dramaworld that got me fully onboard with the fangirling shenanigans.

Meet my new OTP ship... Yang Yang and Zheng Shuang of Love O2O (a.k.a One Smile is Very Alluring), a 2016 Chinese TV Series. I wonder if it is it letter O or Zero, I feel that it's fitting for it to be Love O20 like (O2) Oxygen (0) Zero, because the OTP literally takes my breath away. Zheng Shuang plays Bei Weiwei. She is beauty and brains incarnated. I couldn't agree more. She's so pretty. In the game world, the parallel story line, she goes by Reed Weiwei. While Yang yang plays Xiao Nai, a.k.a. Mr. Perfect, who is the campus heartthrob and in the game, he plays the no. 1 player Yixiao Naihe.  In the game, they formed an alliance to get married so they both can participate in a couple competition within the game. The newly formed couple instantly hit it off, and undergo many adventures together in the game.  However, Wei Wei never expected the real identity of her virtual husband to be her college senior, Xiao Nai. They met in real life, and are truly, madly, deeply in love with each other.  Awwww. Squeee. *Le Sigh 

Reed Wei Wei and Nai He's parallel love story in the game
This couple makes me so giddy. Goodness gracious. I'm giving my all to this ship and fandom. 
Yang Yang Oppa, saranghae!!! No words. 
As said, I have a soft spot for Taiwan/Chinese dramas because Meteor Garden kick off my drama addiction, though I tend to follow specific male and female leads (well mostly male leads as long as I like their co-star). It has been a while though. I mostly watched most of the Taiwanese F4 and Mike He's drama, for female I just like Ady An from Autumn's Concerto.

Now back to Love O2O, Yang Yang is love, love, love, and so is Zheng Shuang, I'm shipping them. The story is well written too at 30 episodes, it's not too long like the usual Chinese Drama. You have good supporting cast ala the friends and enemies. The game world is so nice. The computer generated imagery is superb, plus super love their costumes. Can I turn back time and start playing online games? If only. Hah. The impatient me though feels that the game world are a bit too long for my liking. Sorry, but I just can't enough of their real life interaction, from their first date, first of many, many kisses, and their marriage, so when I re-watched it I skipped some game parts. Overall, there are a lot of heartwarming scenes. Super kilig, I swear. Your thoughts? Let's fangirl.

This is real. I just updated my Twitter Profile to profess my membership to his fandom (his fandom and my Korean oppas 😂 ). I need my Yang Yang fix. Cheers! ;-D

#ChicSassyMomFinds | Apple, Spam and Egg Slicers

Oh wow! Amazon Prime, oh how we love thee. Hubby is having so much fun shopping almost everything in Amazon, from Samsung TV,  Echo to mundane things like small kitchen tools. 😂

No yaya? No worries. 
Norpro Apple Slicer, Corer. You have to make sure the arrow are aligned when you push down. 
Voila! Nice. 🍎
Spam Musubi all we like. 🍙
No helper, no problem. 👌🏻 Let's do this. Aja! Aja! Cheers! ;-D

I haven't tried the egg slicer. To be continued...

#Beauty #Skincare | Fixing my Breakouts 🙅🏻 Updated Skincare

Annyeong, cinggu! 🤗

I'm a skincare addict! 🙋🏻 My love affair with Korean skincare started a long time ago, I've been very diligent since then. I thought that was the worst skin breakouts episode for me, and then this happened. For almost a month now, I'm nursing facial breakouts (acne, eczema, rashes, what have you). Stress aggravated or allergies? Stress, most probably. Real life drama.

If you are following me on IG @chicsassymom, it has been a while since I posted a shameless selfie. Hah. Please indulge me. I thought with me doing the 7, 8, 9-step Korean Skincare, I'm covered for life without having derma visits and treatments. Oh well, I won't probably have Sim Cheong's skin (Jun Ji Hyun's mermaid character), but at least I'll have a passable one (enough for regular selfie since I do aspire to be a beauty blogger 😂).

Nursing skin breakouts. #UpdatedSkincare
I do have a sensitive skin, so I'm pretty careful on my skincare and makeup adventure. I tend to stick to what works. For me, it's Innisfree, SkinFood (type SkinFood on my search box) and plus plus (Avene, Cure, Shu Uemura, SKII). As much as I can, I try to stay out of the premium, pricey lines like SKII and La Mer, maybe in the future. I know myself, I can get pretty addicted devoted. Haha. So far, for now, I'm sticking to the mainstream brands.

First photo (L), taken July 22, 2017. Last photo (R) taken August 8. Please indulge me, I'm vain. I'm on diet forever, so I only have my face, my precious. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Hah. When I had those rashes, I thought they were allergies. I ate something bad. I had the same episode last time, but I had rashes, which were super itchy, all over my body, not my face, goodness. As prescribed, I cocktail on anti-histamine (Co-Aleva, Celestamine, Xyzal, two of those are not available in the US ). It lasted a while, and I had to change my diet (so sad, I was in Japan and I couldn't eat raw fish to my heart's delight).  For this episode, I don't have Co-Aleva with me. What helped me out at night was Benadryl, because I need to drug myself to sleep, otherwise I tend to scratch (though I learned to use the tip of the facial tissue for scratching). They started as red and inflamed rashes. Plus super itchy too, and eventually, flaky. Bad. More than the unsightliness, it's the itch that was really bothersome. 
I have to skimp on my daily skincare routine. I have to test everything out again on what will ease it out or make it worse. I kept only 3 steps, facial wash (but eventually changed it), wash-off fresh milk, and leave on Nature Republic Aloe Vera.

Nature Republic Aloe Vera. I brought it unopened from my Althea Ph Shopping. I haven't really plan on using it for my face, I'm saving it for sunburns, burns, but thank goodness for it.  It's halfway done. Fret not, there's Althea US
It works to calm the redness and swelling, and to relieve some of the itch. I generously slather it. I noticed that while it does the calming, I needed to manage the flaking and the dry skin.

Do I have Adult onset Eczema? I thought so. Ottoke?! 😱 So I tried the Aveeno Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm. I couldn't find the cream, so on that hasty trip to Target, I got the Balm and the Sunscreen. The Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion is a mainstay product for my son through the years.  
Perhaps placebo effect, I thought the Eczema Therapy Balm is working. True, it doesn't feel greasy, but there's always that lingering moisturizer at work that doesn't really get absorb unlike a cream or a lotion. So when I layer it with the sunscreen, it feels and looks greasy.  So after two weeks on it, I went back to Calming Comfort Lotion, the same effect minus the greasiness.

Aveeno seemed to work more often than not. Later on, as I read along the ingredients, both the Eczema Balm and Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion are paraben-free etc. The Aveeno Skin Relief Overnight Cream is not. So  now, it's just one more body lotion for me to empty. I do like the scent of the Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent Lotion. 
For the past three weeks, I tried adding more in my skincare regimen (essence, oil, lotion), then there will be recurrence, so I go back to wash, Aloe-Vera and cream/balm. Lately, I tried changing my facial wash from the Innisfree Bija Trouble Facial Foam to the Innisfree Sea Salt Whipping Cleanser.

The gentle exfoliating sea salt and the whip cream-like cleanser offer a more luxurious cleansing experience. I tried it out for days, I'm keeping it. From just 3-steps, I'm now doing 4. I added back the Innisfree Bija Trouble Skin. So far, so good. 
For a week now, I'm off anti-histamine. But I do still have spotty itchy bumps and rashes. So I thought I'll reach out to the good ol Lucas Papaw. Before, I tried healing a simple breakout with it, sometimes it works, sometimes not. I'm desperate, so I tried. True enough, it helps to relieve swelling, redness and the itching. Goodness gracious.

Lucas Papaw is a topical ointment that helps to relieve and cleanse boils, burns, chafing, cuts, cracked skin, gravel rash, splinters, open wounds, insect bites, and nappy rash. 
Now testing The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser, soon The Body Shop Drops of Youth. Just today, I tried using the The Body Shop Vitamin C Moisturiser, I hope no more recurrence. 
Taken August 13, 2017. Finally, selfie. 🤳🏼 #FOTD No makeup (foundation/bb cream/pact) only skincare creams + The Body Shop Lip Tint #ChubbyCheeksDontCare
Of the recommended ways to ease out the effects of stress on skin, I find exercising and getting enough sleep the hardest. I have no choice, it seems, in order to bid adieu to bad skin days, I run and exercise (finally...for three days now, props to me, wish me luck), and I'm sleeping earlier (meantime, no more Korean Drama binge watching). I can't wait to go back to 7-8-9-step skincare routine, I miss face masks. Korean skincare gods, please, please be nice, hear me out.  Cheers! ;-D

To be updated...


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

#ChicSassyMomEats | Trader Joe's Microwave Meals featuring Beef Shepherd's Pie

Annyeong, cinggu! 🤗

Yeah, yeah, I know, I'm expected to be a good cook because I'm Kapampangan. I guess I still have that cooking prowess waiting to be harnessed in time, but when you live half of your life in Manila, you sort of like instant, or deliveries, or dine-outs best. Hah.

Lucky me, there's Trader Joe's nearby...and with Trader Joe's, anyone can cook. Haha.

When the fridge space allows, I stock up on Trader Joe's Microwave Meals from $2.99-$4.99. The Meatballs Italian Style are delicious. Seriously, my husband's sweet and sour meatballs is the best I've had in years, both for the sauce and the meatballs. 
Trader Ming's Pork Shu Mai Pork Dumplings (yes, pronounced shumai, not siomai) are comparable to Chinese' resto's siomai. If you eat them fresh off the microwave, they are tender, juicy, and flavorful. 
Joe's Diner Mac 'n Cheese is my son's favorite instant Mac 'n Cheese to date. Easy peasy. 
This post features the Beef Shepherd's Pie because for the first time, I used the conventional oven. Not the big oven, I just used our oven toaster (although the kind that has temperature selection). From my research, to avoid the moisture and have the baked golden brown mashed potato, best to remove the plastic film completely. I set the oven to 400 F at 40 mins. 
Voila! Easy peasy Beef Shepherd's Pi. Let's eat. 
In California, it seemed you are destined to be a good cook (if you have the time). Here, you have the softest beef (steak everyday), fresh fruits and vegetables in all kinds of varieties. The seasoning...name it. Mind you, I now use Himalayan pink salt. Yay.

But more often than not, please, my dear family, can we just sit back and enjoy instant microwave meals from Trader Joe's that I will whole heartedly prepare?! Cheers! ;-D 

#ChicSassyMomEats | Ajisen Noodle #RamenTime 🍜

Ohayo!🤗

Chaseyboy is marathoning (for the nth time) Naruto, (oh I'm missing Japan now) and as expected, he needs his Ramen fix. We found Ajisen Noodle near us. Yay!

Ajisen Noodle (Ramen) in Fremont. We've been on a lookout for Ajisen since trying it out in Singapore.
This is our new favorite. Pork BBQ Ramen. It has more chashu (pork bbq). BBQ never fails. 😋 
All mine. Spicy Pork Miso Ramen. It's super spicy for my liking but I survived it, it's borderline Samyang Cheese Ramen level. 
Classic Miso Ramen. It's okay. You can add chili oil and powder for added kick. The bean sprouts are refreshing addition. *Thinks pho 
Strawberry and Green Tea Ice cream with Pocky Choco Sticks. Now I know where to get my Matcha Ice Cream fix. I can use two servings. 🍨
Ramen choices are the same. Except hubby is hoping to have the dry ramen, which he had in Singapore. 
Nice, we're happy to have a go-to ramen place near us. Slurp. Ramen is highly addicting. Serving in Ajisen is okay for sharing though, but if it's the Pork BBQ Ramen, I can actually finish the whole bowl. Good luck. Hah. Oishii!!! What diet!? Cheers! ;-D

Ajisen Fremont is located at 47890 Warm Springs Blvd. Fremont, CA 94539 
Call: 510-353-1133 
Business Hour: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (Sat - 3:30 pm) Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

P.S. When in Manila, check out Kitchitora or Shin Sen Gumi, when in LA.

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Wifey to JB and Mommy to Chasey :) It's said that one's eyes are windows to one's soul. True! My eyes twinkle when I'm happy, they light up with my smile. I’m no frills! I'm easy to read (except during Poker). I easily get teary eyed on practically both happy and sad things. I'm overly emotional! UP,Toy Story 3, and Glee made me cry with delight.My hubby is my source of strength. He balances that side of my personality. He made me a more self-reliant person.I love being a mom. But be it known that I tend to be OC, paranoid, and definitely see my self as a stage mom.I can't help but throw him parties every year.I love to read. If there is a lifetime membership to Book Lover's Club, I've probably signed in as early as Grade 1. I'm blessed to have a special relationship with God. He is my confidante. I practically talked to him anywhere and anytime about anything. I'm a Kapampangan and supposedly known for having culinary skills.This still needs to be found perfected, but for sure, I can say I'm a gourmand!I love to eat and it shows!Oh well!Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder and Happiness is only a state of mind. From today onwards, I intend to live in a Happy Mode!Cheers!