Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DIY Cookbook

Being a person who loves to cook and bake, I have gathered together so many recipes of things I would love to make in the future. Because this hobby is such a messy task, trying to read recipes off of electronic devices is difficult and time consuming. So, I decided to make a cookbook where I can write down all of my recipes and easily be able to reach it while cooking.

The materials you'll need are:
  • A composition notebook
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Drawings or Print-outs of Cooking/Baking Tools
  • Colorful Pens and Sharpies
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge Brush
  • Scissors or Exacto Knife

First, place mod podge over the front cover of the notebook.
Then place the sheet of scrapbook paper over the cover and flatten it out, making sure the whole surface is covered.
Then, using your scissors or an exacto knife, cut off the excess pieces.
These excess pieces can then be used to cover the back side of the notebook. I also decided to place a ribbon on the back side to cover the line that was left by the separated pieces.
Then, I decided to use a gold sharpie to write "let's bake!" on the cover of the notebook.
I also decided to outline it with a black pen. 
After finishing the title, I used baking themed paper to make corners on the book. I also arranged the baking tools cut outs I had on the cover and glued them on.
Once everything is dry and is set to your liking, mod podge the whole surface of both the front and back cover. This is the final look of my cookbook and I absolutely love it.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and making this cookbook, if you tried it out. I would love to see and hear about your versions of this diy and anything else you've made. Have any tips or ideas you want me to try out? I would love to hear about them through your comments below. Thanks for reading. Until the next post. Never forget to be you :)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Perfume Collection

Personally, it was hard for me to find a perfume that smelled good, yet wasn't too strong and was an appropriate scent for my age. As I began getting into wearing perfume everyday, I was able to find a few scents that I was content with and loved using.

One of the first few perfumes I ever got was the One Direction Our Moment scent. I got it from my parents on my birthday and I have loved using it ever since. It has such a sweet, yet subtle scent. And I absolutely love the bottle it came in.

The first perfume I ever got was the Ralph by Ralph Lauren from my auntie. I first fell in love with this scent when I used the lotion version of it. It has such a sophisticated smell to it, and I love the color of the bottle.

On my trip to the Philippines, I found the Love Love perfume at a store called For Me. An this perfume has a sweet and perky scent to it.

One of my favorite perfumes ever is the one from the Bethany Mota line at Aeropostale. The scent is just amazing, and I love it so much that I'm already half way through my second bottle. Since buying my first bottle of it, this perfume has sort of become my go to scent for everyday use.

Another perfume I got from the Philippines is the Happy Hour scent from the Daily Scent brand at Bench. Although this is sort of a cologne since there is no spray and you need to dab it on, this has also become one of my favorite scents. Using this and being able to smell it makes me feel like I'm at home in the Philippines.

As shown in my Collective Haul, I also have the roll on versions of Soho Nights and Cloud 9 from Aeropostale. I absolutely love these perfumes since they have such a nice, sophisticated scent. I used the Soho Nights scent everyday while in the Philippines and am almost done with the bottle, and I am definitely going to buy more of it.

So this is my perfume collection. What are some of the perfumes you use? I would love to hear about it. And if you try out any of these scents, tell me what you think about it. Thanks for reading. Until the next post. Never forget to be you. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hair Color Wax Treatment

Recently, I went to the Ricky Reyes salon in the Philippines with my mom and cousin and decided to get my hair colored medium brown. While there, I was also recommended to get the hair color wax treatment, which I never heard of before. The purpose of this was to protect my hair and my new color, so I decided to take it and to get the red colored wax.

Although the color does not show clearly, it can be seen when my hair is hit by the sun and the color has slowly begun to show after each wash. After getting the hair wax treatment, I observed that my hair was less frizzy and air dried straighter than before. My natural curls look better and my hair looks great.

Overall, I am happy with the quality and results of my hair getting colored and being given a color wax treatment. I would definitely do this again, and look forward to future innovations offered at this salon.

Thanks for reading. Until the next post. Never forget to be you.

PC: Christine Reyes
PC:Christine Reyes

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ayala Lights

During the Christmas season, one of my favorite things in the Philippines are all the lights and displays that they have. Driving around the different cities and seeing all their Christmas decor makes the season even brighter and more joyful. From the different shapes they are able to create to the various designs of the parols (lanterns), there is not a dull moment when discovering the many cities. This past Christmas, I was able to go and see the Ayala Lights which was an amazing light show at one of the parks. All the trees were covered with colorful lights that were synched to 'dance' with both traditional and modern Christmas songs. Together with laser lights and even fog, the light show was amazing and my family and I definitely enjoyed it.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Teriyaki Boy

While in the Philippines, my family and I decided to eat lunch at Teriyaki Boy in Gateway. Here, we were able to experience a unique style of Japanese dishes. Their food tasted so delicious that I was tempted to order more. And plus, there was free wifi. Hahaha. I would definitely come back here again and would recommend it to anyone who wants to try a different country's cuisine in the Philippines. Until the next post. Never forget to be you.

Of course, a mango shake :)
Yaki Udon

Wafu Fried Rice

Friday, January 9, 2015

Philippines 2014

As I return home from our vacation, the memories of our trip and the hope of visiting again are constantly playing in my mind. Leaving loved ones already being hard enough, not knowing when you can go home again makes it even harder. So the good times we had will forever be cherished in my heart. Although it's tough we have to choose to keep on moving on, knowing that each day that passes is a day closer to when we can finally go back again. Here's a little something I made to put all the fun times we had together into one short video. I hope you guys enjoy. Until the next post, never forget to be you :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Giant Lantern Parade

On our trip to the Philippines this past Christmas, I was able to see the display of giant lanterns that is held in San Juan, Pampanga. It is through these giant lanterns that people are able to design and perform an amazing light show for the people. Synced to "dance" with the most festive music, these giant lanterns surely brought a smile to my face and showcased the talent and dedication of the Filipino people. Here are a few pictures of some of my favorite designs.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Until the next post. Never forget to be you.