Saturday, August 8, 2020

Giveaway | 3 Sets of Home Goods from @RiaYabut10

Mabuhay! Kumusta kayo? It has been a while since I did a blog giveaway. Since it's Buwan ng Wika in the Philippines and I'm soooo homesick, I'm delighted to host a giveaway in collaboration with my lovely friend Ria. Thank you, Ri! 😘 Please check her IG page @riayabut10, she's been charming celebrities with her personalized BPA free containers #SupportLocal . ❤️ Plus, I've been meaning to launch another IG account just dedicated on my shopping finds...cause we're living in a material world and I am a material girl. ✌🏻🀫
Here goes...easy peasy.

Mechanics:

This is a giveaway open to those who have a shipping address in the Philippines. 
Entry submission will end August 22, 2020
3 Winners will receive 5 containers each. Option to personalize labels. Free shipping. 
Main contest will be in Instagram. Use Rafflecopter below for extra-entries.  Please click the link below.

Please note that this is not sponsored by IG or FB. 

Thank you for joining! Good luck! πŸ€

Saturday, July 25, 2020

It's okay to not be okay with the New Normal ❤️ | Bay Area Life in times of Coronavirus 😷

Annyeong! Hola! Bonjour!  Hope everyone is okay...well it's not everyday that I'm okay...so I guess, like my fave KDrama says, it's okay to not be okay. Four months after the shelter in place, here I am, getting by with the new normal. It's so so hard! My greetings I said gave them as such just because for the past months, I've tried to learn Korean, Spanish and now I'm trying French...everything remains a work-in-progress. (I might have a better chance with French just because I learned it in college for years.) Oh well...Je suis desolee! I have moments, when I'm so very diligent, but then life happens, so "try" remains the operative word for now. So I'm trying to go back to my little space in the blogosphere...not to be bullish or bearish (hello, Robinhood), but to say let's hold for now, and let's just go through the motion given that I have few more months before I need to figure out how to change my blog header, just because so many things are changing...no longer I'll be 30 something when December comes, though dieting forever remains constant, I'm so closed to giving up Seoul searching (this for sure I will have to fix), the wanderlust and/or fangirl in me is making life as we know it now just so extra challenging. But I'll try to connect and thrive in the new normal...I need it. Aja!

#Nesting.  I was assigned to this office space maybe about a year ago. It's only this week that I finally fixed it.  I'm a field person, so I let it be.  It was filled with boxes and no personal effects, but here we are, new normal with remote meetings...I just need a Zen space amidst all of these. Plus, maybe I needed something concrete/permanent amidst all this chaos...a space to call my own. 
#Countyourblessings
Highlights of the past months (some are on my IG @chicsassymom @chicsassymomeats @chicsassymomfinds)
Left to Right, Row1:

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Curls are the best when in Quarantine | Dyson Airwrap πŸ’πŸΌ‍♀️

Between remote working and wearing masks when I do go out, I was too lazy to spend extra time curling my hair. Messy buns don't care. But I noticed that I have more bad hair days. My heavily colored hair seems to be needing a trim soon, it's so dry, which isn't an option for now. I  missed doing low pony tails, so I decided to curl it again. Sure, our quarantine life isn't perfect, but my curls are. Oh, please know that I'm so vain with my hair. πŸ˜‰

Here's a belated post about Dyson Airwrap. Not to preempt, but I cannot live without it. It's the best gift ever.


Unboxing Video below:


Chic & Sassy Mom Tip: This is very important!!! Quickly, let me tell you that I didn't really know how to use it before, I even had to return and it was replaced with a brand new item, not once, but twice, free of charge (oh the beauty of Dyson and return policy here in the US, but it was disappointing and still you had to go to a UPS to initiate return process). I almost gave up...but the third time's the charm, I finally figured out what I was doing wrong!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

What I do in Quarantine and what I did with my COVID-19 Stimulus Check 🀫

I wish you well. Let's remain hopeful. Let's keep counting our blessings.

Side story. I work like clockwork. I have OCD tendencies and I'm a workaholic...so no surprise that weekend derails my purposiveness...no work, stock market is closed (yes, yes...I'll tell you all about it in a little while), no language classes, no keto coffee and I'm just supposed to watch Korean and Chinese dramas, but I can only do it so much (fangirl with me on IG @NoonaDiaries). Gosh. I believe nobody has it easy. But with a steadfast and grateful heart, we do have to try harder...this too shall pass. Let's do this! To survive this, there's many ways to skin a cat...I saw a Filipino meme, it went like this. Gosh!
Yung iba means Others. Ikaw na kupal means a person who shows off or ostentatious. 
My remote work is full time, so, no rest for the weary. My bedtime routine would include Netflix and Viki, but not TikTok (what is TikTok? πŸ˜…). Hence, by default, I'm on the kupal side. Hah. I don't mean to show off on purpose ✌🏻,  but I'm being diligent on updating my blog (I really try to be on a happy mode, that's when I'm able to focus and write, otherwise I just do non-stop worrying thinking...no bueno), I do my Korean lessons everyday (and post my progress on social media πŸ˜‰), I update my LinkedIn and I'm learning the stock market. πŸ€‘

Here's my quarantine life in a nutshell:

Monday, April 13, 2020

I dream of Poppy Bloom 🌼| Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Before the shelter-in-place, we had our fill of vacays. We spent last Valentine's Day in Las Vegas. Super long drive from Fremont. We drove the night before and spent the night in Lancaster in one of my fave, preferred hotel chains (please check out my IG @chicsassymom). We had dinner plans in Las Vegas, but from Lancaster, we're already halfway our trip, about 4 hours drive, so we had time to spare. Like the trooper that I am, I searched what to do in Lancaster. Tadaa! Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, which was about 30 minutes from where we were going the opposite way, but I reckon we won't be in this part of California anytime soon (I prefer to fly), so why not. My boys complied. It's Valentine's Day, anyhow.  But I wish, I googled more... are poppies blooming in February? Too late, I only found the live stream of the Poppy reserve after.

No poppy, but there's a Joshua Tree. 🌡
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