Low Buy – Empties 2019

I’m the type of skincare enthusiast that will buy everything new in the market. I have to have the latest K-beauty product or trend. That’s just me. I work hard, I shop hard. But last 2018, it was a challenge for me to do this. After getting married and sharing my finances with my partner, I realized I might have a problem. That’s why I decided to partake in this challenge shared by Rae. It’s called the low buy challenge.


Big Bad Wolf Book Sale 2019

My husband and I went to the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale which was recently held here in Manila. The real reason I wanted to go was because of cookbooks. Since I started watching Epicurious videos on YouTube, I wanted to improve my cooking skills and broaden my knowledge about it.

Just look at this video. Don’t you want to improve after watching?

Here is our little haul.

frame>by>frame Italian

Reason for buying: This is the type of book I really wanted especially since the cuisine I would like to learn and improve more on is Italian.

This book is like having one-to-one lessons with an experienced chef in your very own kitchen. Step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow instructions will guide you through each recipe, from assembling the ingredients to the final flourish of the finished dish. Following the recipes frame by fram makes cooking effortless, successful, and a genuine pleausre. Even the novice cook can confidently prepare any of the dishes, whether savory or sweet, in a matter of minutes. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced in teh kitchen, you are sure to find this uniquely beautiful book and inspirateion and a joy to use. –Amazon

Crazy Good Italian by Mike Isabella

Reason for buying: I just wanted a different take on Italian food. This book has stories too which adds some personality to the dishes.

Whether you know Mike Isabella as the tough-talking Top Chef competitor or as the chef behind hot DC restaurants Graffiato and Bandolero, you’ll now be able to recreate his recipes: one part old-world inspired Italian, one part old-school Jersey, one part modern Mediterranean—all parts delicious.

Inspired by the food his Italian-American grandmother prepared, Isabella serves up 200 recipes for everyday meals that appeal to the heart and the appetite, with a modern twist. These “small plates” versions of Mediterranean classics are food that’s original and accessible, authentic without being fussy. –Goodreads

The Daughter by Jane Shemilt

Reason for buying: I think I have mother issues and the title was so apt. I’m hoping after reading this book I’d love or appreciate my mom more.

Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon. But when her youngest child, fifteen-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play, Jenny’s seemingly ideal life begins to crumble. The authorities launch a nationwide search with no success. Naomi has vanished, and her family is broken. –Goodreads

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

Reason for buying: I wanted to buy a crime related book – preferably a real one – but they didn’t have any when I visited so I ended up with this one.

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she’s been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night she catches two cases she doesn’t want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her own partner’s wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the cases entwine they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won’t give up her job no matter what the department throws at her. –Goodreads

The Nature of Sex by Dr. Carin Bondar

Reason for buying: This book is not sexual at all. I read a snippet of it and walked away but then I realized how interesting it would be to read about how animals have sex, right?

Thought about sex today? Of course you have! It’s about the most natural thing any animal can do. But have you ever wondered how human sex compares to that of other beasts? It’s far from merely inserting part A into slot B. The sex lives of our animal cousins are fiendishly difficult, infinitely varied and often violent. They involve razor-sharp penises, murderous cannibals and chemical warfare in an epic battle between the sexes. Like us, animals must first find the perfect partner. You think we have it tough? Try having to do it while being hunted down by predators, against a backdrop of unpredictable or life-threatening conditions. Then, sperm and egg must successfully meet. Can you imagine doing this when your partner is intent on killing you or when other disgruntled singles are determined to throw you off your game? The next task is to ensure that the resultant offspring reaches sexual maturity in order to keep the cycle going. The myriad ways in which this is accomplished are ingenious. –Amazon

Husband’s Picks:

  • The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
  • The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
  • The Shape of Things to Come by H.G. Wells
  • The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • The Rest of the Robots by Isaac Asimov

The overall feel of the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is similar to how you would feel if you’d visit the Booksale stores. It not a terrible experience but do set your expectations that the more famous books probably won’t be there. I’d definitely go back next year, if they come back. It’s a nice experience and it definitely challenged me to go out of my comfort zone and read something from a different author!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award a couple of months back. Today’s the day when I finally get to sit down and answer some of the blogger world’s most pressing questions. (Charot, wala lang talaga ako magawa at gusto ko gumawa ng isang post for tonight.)

As usual, I’ll be skipping the rules and stuff ’cause that’s not fun but I’ll still be answering the questions. Thank you to my friends Jeff and Gypsea. ❤

1. Mas pipiliin mo ba ang trabaho na malaki ang sahod pero stressful, o maliit ang sahod pero walang stress?

Honestly, mas pipiliin ko yung maliit yung sahod pero walang stress. Kasi ngayon mataas yung stress level ko sa work pero katamtaman lang naman sweldo ko. Sa tingin ko at based din sa experience ko, mas ok na yung hindi ka masyadong stressed. Kasi yung ibang oras mo, pwede mo pa gamitin para sa mga passion projects mo or sa self-improvement or sa ibang pwedeng pagkakitaan. Saan mo pa magagamit yung pera mo eh kung sa sobrang stressed mo, gusto mo na lang humiga kapag weekend?

2. Dapat ba na ang mag-jowa/mag-asawa alam ang password ng kanya-kanyang Facebook account?

Yung sagot ko talaga dito, eh hindi. Pero may mga kakilala kasi ako na may mga kalokohan at bilang may asawa, mas maganda na yung alam mo. Kasi ang pinakamasakit sa lahat eh yung lokohin ka. Buti na yung alam mo kesa gaguhin ka, diba?

3. Kung may body odor or bad breath ang kaibigan mo, paano mo siya sasabihan nang hindi siya mao-offend? O hindi mo na lang sasabihin sa kanya?

LOL. May friend akong ganyan. Hindi ko nasabi. Pero pinagkkwentuhan namin nung iba naming friends kasi siyempre gusto mo sabihin pero, paano?

4. Ano ang iyong kahinaan?

Nako, madami. Yung pamilya ko, unang una. Mga cute na bagay tulad ng stationary, washi tape, at kung anu anong cute na post-its. Isama mo din pala ang exercise at diet.

5. Kung galit ka sa isang tao, ano ang dapat niyang gawin para mawala ang galit mo sa kanya?

Layuan ako. Pero kapag lumamig na yung ulo ko, pakisuyo ako kasi pabebe talaga ako. 😦

6. Ano ang “craziest” thing na nagawa mo sa ngalan ng pag-ibig?

Ubusin yung 3/4 ng ipon ko para sa kasal. Hindi siya worth it, guys. Tigilan na natin yung klase ng mentality na kailangan magarbo ang kasal or yung may pre-nup kemerut pa or yung may magarbong reception pa.

7. Ano ang mas masakit na klase ng break-up, yung dahil sa third party? O dahil hindi kayo itinadhana?

Maswerte ako hindi ko pa naranasan makipagbreak. Kaya hypothetical lang maisasagot ko. Mas masakit yung dahil sa third party dahil para sa akin, hindi ka lang niya niloko, hindi ka pa nirespeto. At least yung kapag hindi kayo tinadhana parang may mutual understanding pa… diba?

8. Anong pelikula ang tumatak at nagkaroon ng malaking epekto sayo?

Wala ako maisip ngayon. Libro, meron. Yung Dance, Dance, Dance ni Pareng Haruki Murakami. Nabasa ko kasi yun nung panahon kung kailan mamamatay na yung tatay ko. Napakaswak at napakaganda nung mensahe. Masakit man yung nangyari pero nung nabasa ko yun lumakas loob ko.

9. Kung magsusulat ka ng libro na babasahin ng lahat, ano ang mensahe mo sa mundo?

Marami ako gusto sabihin at depende yun sa mood ko. Medyo napapadalas kasi panunuod ko ng mga YouTube videos ngayon lalo na dun sa mga influencer na iyan. Kaya ang gusto ko ibahagi for now ay maging mabuti kayong ehemplo sa mga tao. Kung meron kayong opinion na gusto ibahagi sa mundo, maging bukas sa isang conversation para maging produktibo ang iyong plataporma. Basta ganern, tumatanda na ata ako.

10. Sino ang taong nag-iwan ng marka sa buhay mo at bakit?

Siyempre tatay ko. Totoo yung sinasabi nila na mapapahalagahan mo lang yung isang bagay kapag wala na at iyon yung nangyari sa tatay ko. Pagkamatay niya lang nakita ko yung mga ginagawa niya para sa amin. Hay buhay.

11. Meron ka bang pinagsisisihan sa buhay?

Lagi ko ginagawa kung ano yung gusto ko gawin para sigurado ako wala akong regrets. Pero minsan kapag naiisip ko yung panahon bago namatay ang tatay ko, minsan naiisip ko, sana pala mas madami akong ginawa para sa kanya. 😦

12. Anong legacy ang gusto mong iwan sa mundong ito?

Jeff, define legacy.

13. Ano ang pinakamahalagang aral ang natutunan mo sa buhay?

Maging matalino sa pera at pagpahalagahan ang iyong pamilya.

14. Kung may isang bagay na pwede kang baguhin sa iyong nakaraan, ano ito?

Bubuhayin ko muli ang tatay ko.

15. Saan ka mas naniniwala, sa destiny or sa free will?

Free will. Gumagawa tayo ng sandamakmak na desisyon araw araw. Ang kapalaran natin ay hawak natin.

11 Items on my Bucketlist

  1. Have a baby/babies?
  2. Get back to my normal weight.
  3. Explore Japan more.
  4. Explore Australia.
  5. Explore New Zealand.
  6. Have my own business. Earn from all my other passion projects.

Okay, that’s it. I’m really not big on making bucketlists. I feel like bucketlists change so often because we constantly grow and evolve. The only constant wants in my life is to have my own family and travel as much as I can, while I can.

I really miss blogging like this. I miss just typing out stuff that comes into my mind. I wish I had more time to do this. Life lately has just been full of struggles. I feel like I have a ton of things on my plate and the ones that I really want to be on it aren’t. Things will get better, I know. I just have to learn how to juggle all of my priorities.

I hope you’re having a fun day wherever in the world you are. ❤