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. 🌡

Saturday, April 11, 2020

California Shelter-in-Place: Life under Coronavirus Quarantine

I hope everyone had a Good Friday. Purposive efforts today to soak in happy thoughts and hopefulness. I've been diligent in updating by blog every day, except yesterday, I had some real life drama. I'll not bore you with the details but let's just say that it was a life-changing decision. As with everything else, as I deliberate, instead of looking at the trade-offs as pitfalls, I decided to hope for windfalls. Aja! I haven't really talked about how we are doing in USA amidst the pandemic. This is Bay Area living for now.

San Mateo Bridge during San Francisco Shelter-in-Place

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Lush, still my Fave Skin Care Product | #ChicSassyMomFinds #LushLife

I hope you are all getting a good amount of beauty rest while staying at home. I'm trying to endeavor to get that in lieu of online shopping. Hah. I have been skimping on online shopping, my last was mostly Costco (and no, I didn't get to buy toilet papers and paper towels, as they were already sold out, when I realized I needed one), some Amazon, and only Lush made it to my essential must buy. Since my last updated skin care routine post, everything remains the same, except a variety of masks on rotation. I always talk about how I can be crazily addicted to something,...once a fan girl, always a fan girl πŸ™‹πŸΌ‍♀️. Lush is my new shrimp (*think Bubba in Forest Gump). Lush and more Lush, please!

Beauty Empties. My Celestial empties since September 2019. I did try to keep them, I was ready to exchange them for a mask at 5 empties to 1 Free Mask. What a joy! I'm joining the call to recycle, and yes, get freebies in return. Except all Lush stores are closed now, next time. 
Somebody knows me well, Lush gifts for my birthday.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

To ski, or not to ski? ⛷| #ChicSassyMomTravels

When you live in the tropical countries, you long and crave for snowy vacays. There's just something magical about snow, thanks to Korean dramas and Fozen. πŸ˜‰Sometime ago, we had to cancel our flights from Seoul, and get new flights to Manila just because there was a snow forecast. There was only snow flurry, but we're so happy. But then, spending winter in Chicago, made me think twice about snow. I decided, I only want to do vacay in snowy places not live on them. That's why California living is perfect. One weekend, when the weather was nice with a snow forecast, we went to Tahoe. Let it snow! It was so beautiful!

Our porch from the AirBnB Rental we got at Truckee. It was my first time seeing so much snow falling. I'm in love! 
One check off my bucket list. But wait, there's more. They said, do you want to build a snowman? let's go skiing! To ski, or not to ski? That's the question.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Everyday DIY Keto Coffee ☕️ | #DietForever

For those of you who've been following me for years (thank you, dear! ❤️), a good mix of my posts will be dedicated to my weight loss struggle journey. Believe me when I tell you I've tried it all...the good, the bad and what have you (search 1200 Calorie Diet, diet coffee, etc.). So far, I can say, I'm finally victorious! I'll tell you more about it in details, since there's more to it than Keto. Also, yay, my gooodness, after years, exercise found its way in my vocabulary. But relax, let's save that for later, since we're sheltering in place. πŸ˜‰


But first, coffee!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

#WheninLA Visit Paderia Bakehouse | #ChicSassyMomEats

How's your weekend so far? Mine goes like this...eat, blog, social media, watch, sleep, repeat. We can only make the best out of everyday... live gratefully and love like there's no tomorrow, shall we? But when tomorrow comes, my Los Angeles business trip is waiting for me.  And when I do, I'll make sure to grab more ensaymadas in Paderia.

One and only Paderia Branch in Fountain Valley

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Rewards of Becoming Stay at Home Mom

Original Article Contribution published in Smart Parenting, October 2010 Issue

Hello! It's another weekend, oh well, it doesn't really matter. Remember, it's about staying hopeful and making the best lemonades (I can't believe I was using that line since 10 years ago!). πŸ˜‰I'm looking at my updated popular posts, and it's just unusual how all most are from 10 years ago, just when I started blogging, and were basic connection building posts...very much so relevant as we all try to stay emotionally connected, mentally grounded and just here, ready to pay it forward. Here's a post I wrote 10 years ago.This goes out for all of us. 

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The phrase “working mother” is redundant. Regardless of being a corporate employed mom or a stay-at-home mom, it’s really all the same. It doesn’t make one better or lesser as a mom. Being one or the other either by imposition or by choice, no matter what, either with the trade offs or with the opportunity that goes with it, the possibilities worth celebrating and exploring are endless. If you just seat back, take time to enjoy the ride, and marvel at life’s greatest pleasure --motherhood.
A year ago (2009), I took a break from my seven year-corporate employment stint and opted to be a full-time homemaker. I want to celebrate it! I want to cherish this moment while it lasts just in case, I decided to pursue corporate employment again if the need and the opportunity arise. Without the clocking in and out demand of an employee, now, as a family, we can reinvent ourselves and we have all the time to enjoy being at one another’s company 24/7. More so, becoming a stay-at-home mom enables me to explore all possibilities and adventures there are as a wife, a parent and as an individual. This is me being given a lemon, and not only do I make lemonade, I concoct lemon sherbet!
Well, for a "newbie" like myself, I don't think that it’s just walk in the park, but at the end of the day, with practice, the demands of a full-time homemaker seem to be all in a day’s work. Also, contrary to what others would say, I still do care about holidays, because I also welcome breaks when my son, Chase, doesn't have to wake up early to school, so he can sleep as much as he wants. Everyday for me is an adventure of trial and error of learning how to instill discipline, study habits, eating habits, etc. and deciding which is just the right attention without being overprotective, or boring, or a "party pooper" at some time, while making sure he gets just the right slack. And yes, I still do get stress at times, like on the time when Chase cut his hair during his art class, on constantly reminding him to do his assignments, on getting him to eat healthy, on making him sleep on time, and of course, most stressful is when I play nurse and worries most on the days that he is under the weather.


Then: 2010 Our first time in San Francisco for Vacation. Taken at Pier 39 and Reno Circus Circus 

Friday, April 3, 2020

Learning Korean with Rosetta Stone | What to do in Quarantine at Home

Annyeong! πŸ€—California and rest of the world, please repeat, we need to stay home so our front liners can do their jobs. Let's pray for fortitude. And while we're home, let's find everyday joys in little things. And while we're at it, in between working from home, family bonding and house chores, let's take this time to be purposive to keep learning, growing and improving. Let me share with you what I have been working on. I'm learning Korean! Yay! Finally, after years of finding all the reasons and excuses not to, better late than sorry! You ought to know I'm a fangirl and a drama addict, I'm taking it to the next level. Hah. ✌🏻

So between investing buying another Jo Malone πŸ˜…, (now wiser) I got myself a lifetime subscription of Rosetta Stone that enables me to learn as many language to my heart's delight. Yay! Congratulations to me!
Rosetta Stone Lifetime Subscription at $199

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Valentine ❤️ by COIN | #LSS 🎢🎀#OnRepeat

I have limited talent on singing, let alone memorizing song lyrics. That's probably why Korean and Chinese drama OSTs work for me...perfectly! If you've been reading my blog since 10 years ago, you would know that I tend to obsessively be a die hard fan of stuff I adore. Think Bubba on his love and adoration for shrimps. I can talk about "my shrimps" all day, passionately. I'm no music expert, but since I tend to overthink stuff (to a fault), it limits my playlist choices especially on English songs. Hah. Of course, I do keep the music we grew up with. Music and lyrics (message) matter. Although, for my Korean and Chinese songs, which make 90% of my playlist on Apple Music, not only they're euphonious but mostly I connect them to the dramas and the whirlwind of emotions I had while watching them. Anyhow, I love Coldplay. I don't remember if I wrote about seeing them in a concert. But I did. Big check on my Bucket List, and just because I'm Bubba, I can watch them over and over again. But proudly, I'm no one-track mind, I'm so open to new things. I'm easily charmed. My fan girl heart is big. Like after meeting Lawson and hearing Where My Love Goes, I'm sold! Anyhow, since we're Team Stay Home, we can all use a good and nice song to sing along with. My current fave is Valentine by COIN. 

Fancy meeting you, COIN. I already love you just because we have a #Seoulful connection. Hah. 

Rosa's Trattoria and Bar Tulare, CA | #ChicSassyMomEats

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Hello, friends! πŸ€—I truly hope when this all ends, there'll be thousand versions and flavors of lemonade choices out there in the world to cater to everyone's preferences...surprise us, universe! This unexpected stop at Tulare was such one lemonade.

Side story. If you are following me in IG @chicsassymom , you would know that my last IG post prior to Friday's was my business trip to LA. I took the flight in the city, but would ride with them on our way back since hubby made instant plans in LA.  On our way home to San Francisco, we had car trouble...worst nightmare! I was upset. We were upset. Our car can only take so much mileage. We had been traveling weekend after weekend. Silver lining is we have Triple A Premier Membership that covers 200 miles free towing services.  Best decision ever. I tell you, without it, the tow will cost you thousands, more or less $10/mile. We were 400 miles away from home. Except it was a Sunday, they will only drop it off to a repair shop. They will only cover halfway of the trip. We have to split the trip. Husband using his first, and the second leg of the tow, will be my member's benefits. There's no exact 200 miles, and there's nothing in I-5, so we had to find something. Tulare was it. There'll be extra miles to cover out of pocket. We had no choice. And so, we started to head out to Tulare. I tell you, I love to eat. I'm a gourmand. I find joy in eating. It comforts me. We needed it. Starving, we Yelp-ed the best Italian restaurants in Tulare. And we found Rosa's.

Rosa's Trattoria and Bar Since 1962, Tulare, California 
Hours drive, we all need a nice place to recoup and eat. It was one stressful day, and we're only halfway home. Rosa's didn't disappoint. Warm and cozy. The service was superb. Buon Appetito!πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Saturday, March 28, 2020

#StayHome , Blog and Remain Hopeful

Annyeong, cinggu! πŸ€—It has been a while. When I started this blog 10 years ago (wow!), it was right about that time of my stint as a stay-at-home mom (SAHM), I did it for two years. It was a wonderful experience. I was thankful for it and for a lot of things (see my first ever post). And here we are, I'm writing my first post after 5 months,  just because, we all find ourselves, staying at home. I'm still here, chasing California dreams. 2019 happened. Life, as we usually knows it, happens, and then this...dire, desolating, disheartening, but still we must remain hopeful.

Before coronavirus hit US, unknowingly we were getting our fill of vacationing... a weekend in Tahoe, LA, Las Vegas, then Yosemite. On our way were fields of almond blossoms, as far as your eyes can see. We did a quick photo op, it was beautiful. Last year, we went to Seattle, it was already after the Cherry Blossom season. Because I can't be in Japan, we made plans to go back this year to Seattle to see the blossoms. The almond blossoms are as captivating but I was still looking forward to see cherry blossoms in Seattle, but as we all know, we can't... for now! But it's spring time. Let hope springs.

Fields of Almond Blossoms in Modesto, CA
It is a difficult time. Full of uncertainties. I'm writing just because my heart is about to burst, with anxiety, worries, fears, and sadness. There is no escaping this. Sometime whenever I find life here in California challenging (homesickness is real, people! hah), I have a backup plan that always makes me courageous, I can always pull a card where we can always go back home to the Philippines. I don't have that even. It scares me that USA is scrambling. Social distancing and sheltering in place are such difficult feats. Telework for somebody who's doing field sales for yearsss is hard. How can I stay still?! I can only watch so much Korean and Chinese dramas on weekend. I'm normally a homebody, but again, the thought that you can decide not to be one for the day comforts you that there is something out there. That too is gone. So when you overthink given the limited options, it gives me shortness of breath, no pun intended. But still, we must do it! There's a war going on, our front liners are risking their lives. For us non-essential workers, we must stay at home. Everyday, I hope that let today be a busy, productive and may it always remains a pleasantly uneventful day. I pray for courage to remain hopeful. This too shall pass. 
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