Friday, April 20, 2018

Look Good, Feel Great with Watson's

I belong to Gen X, raised by Boomers who think that self-promotion and loving one's self first is well, to put it, selfish.

But as we all know now, and have known all along, there is nothing wrong with that. We call it  now "filling our love tank" or "putting your own oxygen mask first". It's crucial to our sanity.


This week, Watsons launches their #LookGoodFeelGreat campaign with an online video to remind us all to be kinder to ourselves. That it's ok to love ourselves, because when we do, we feel great.

Here are some insights and tips on self-love from Watsons. 

What is Self-love?

  • Self-love is a state of appreciation for yourself that is manifested through different means. 
  • Self-love involves taking care of yourself, not losing touch with who you are despite the stresses of everyday life. 
  • Taking care of your health, face, hair and skin are some of the basic aspects of self-love because when you look good, you feel great. 
  • Self-love starts with self-awareness, which means knowing your strengths and weaknesses and likes and dislikes. It can mean anything from doing something that will make you feel great like wearing a new pair of shoes or applying red lipstick on a Monday to make you look good.
How can we practice Self-love?
  1. Be aware. It all starts with knowing who you are and what you can do. 
  2. Don’t procrastinate. So one of your New Year’s resolutions is to achieve glowing skin. Don’t wait until the year is over to have a realistic skin care routine based on proper cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection. 
  3. Be goal-oriented. Proper sleep, exercise and good nutrition are only some of the steps you should take to achieve your goals. List down your goals and think carefully how you can achieve them. 
  4. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re not perfect; nobody is. If you are overweight, you can do something about it. If you look tired, there’s a reason for that. It’s not because you were born that way. 
  5. Realize that you’re not alone. So many people struggle with lack of time or will to take proper care of yourself. Watsons encourages each one of us to love themselves more to look good and feel great. 

To learn more about the video, visit the Watsons Philippines Facebook page and @watsonsph on Instagram.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

When Old Becomes New

My parents used to wax nostalgic about the glory days of Manila, which our generation can't relate to anymore. So it's wonderful to hear about conservation efforts such as this by the owners of YOUniversity Suites/LA Village on CM Recto Avenue in Manila.

To make the place safe for students and dormers, they installed this fence along their street front

What used to be the Laperal Apartments, originally built in 1946 was thoughtfully restored and converted into what is now YOUniversity Suites, a 4-story dormitory for students, with restaurants, an SM Appliance Store and Watsons along the street front on the ground floor and a commercial complex within called LA Village filled with affordable dining options, a Nitro 7 Coffee & Tea Bar, an actual bar, a laundry shop and other establishments essential to students.





What sets apart LA Village from the usual food courts - apart from that it sits on a Manila landmark - is the fact that the owners had a conscious effort to build with vintage elements in mind, as a nod to its glorious heritage.


I actually took the boys with me to show them that there are cool places in Manila that's worth telling their friends about.


LA Village also houses a study center and a billiard hall for when the kids want to take a break from studying.

Gr8t Shots Manila

Study Haven

During the launch, guests and students were treated to live music by Up Dharma Down.


This will be a regular feature at LA Village, making it the ultimate destination in the University Belt for students and those work and live in the vicinity.




I hope this is the start of the gentrification of the University Belt, making it not just a safe place for students but a picturesque one as well.

YOUniversity Suites/LA Village
2119 CM Recto Avenue
Manila
Tel: +632 2442421
Mobile: +63926 7047679

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Hello? Is it Me You're Looking For?

I just realized I've neglected this blog.

This is the longest span of time I haven't written here. 

Do people still read blogs though? It seems like everyone is over at Instagram, or maybe just living life. If your answer is the latter, then good for you! 

Meanwhile, I've been busy decluttering. It's what I've been into lately more than ever. To my husband's delight, messy me found KonMari. If you don't believe me, here ya go!


I bet you didn't expect that! Heehee.

I've become a Konvert. Her method truly is life changing. I haven't shopped in a long time. I have learned to detach from material longings. Maybe that's why this blog has been quiet. There is nothing that I want in my life now because I have found contentment.

Tidying is truly life changing. I feel like I'm not the same person I used to be anymore. 

Not that I'm saying I'll retire this blog. There are still things that spark joy for me. Except I've learned to differentiate "Ooooh this is pretty!" admiration from "I have to have this!" 

I used to not be able to distinguish one from the other. Which of course led to me being neck deep in clutter, where I felt burdened by everything that I owned. 

Over the last couple of years, I've pared down considerably. But I still have to work on our family room and patio, which I can't really touch because not everything there is mine (as a rule, I can't throw out other people's stuff). 

I'm still working on the entire house to "click", so while I'm at it, follow me over at my new Instagram account @sparkjoy.ph where I'll share decluttering adventures, plus KonMari tips and tricks with you!

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