A two way street

I was sitting on a bench around the corner while snowing, I wonder profoundly about my life. I see people crossing the street and cars passing by. I wonder, how on Earth I came here? I answered my own question. I was here because I have purpose. I was here because I am capable of living and choose what to do.

While, sitting and wondering I looked at the sky and imagine all of my dreams. I smiled weirdly and thought about how to get it. Thinking about time and effort makes me feel crazy and lazy but I know I must pursue because I know it is a rewarding feeling to achieve my goals one by one.

I often ask myself silly questions and found the answer right in front of me or somewhere deep within me. It is a some kind of a two way street I can go here and there to get to the place that I want to go. Maybe there are some long haul drives of flights to go through but somewhere there, I know I can get there.

I felt chilly as the snow drops heavily with the wind. I wished that if only I could freeze time and get there without losing so much but life must go on and we can never go back just moving forward and aiming right with a clearer view.

-Anna

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Vent it out

Did you ever felt so alone and depressed? So desperate and anxious about a person, thing, weather, phenomena or situation. Well, I am feeling it right now. I feel happy though ironically I am not. Since I was a kid, I constantly ask myself why life is so unfair to me. I even do everything yet it is not okay. I felt like, i lost eveything while doing everything. I feel so alone. No one understands me. I don’t even know who love me and all those people whom loving are not here with me. I want them right now but it can’t be. I am miles away from them. I want to cry while hugging them. I want to talk and spill everything out. Life is just unfair to me. Why? : (

Hair coloring tips

Well, I am currently obsessed coloring my hair. For almost 3 years I have dyed my hair 3 times by myself and I am fine doing it at home. I was influenced by best friend to color my hair and from then on, I started to get addicted to hair coloring. DISCLAIMER: I must admit that I am not a professional hairdresser and I have no formal education with salon education.

Boxed hair color products vs. salon colorists products

I am talking based on my experiences and knowledge about hair coloring from the box which is intended for home use and not a salon professional use. I have learned that in order to achieved a certain color you have to learn a professional hair color mixes while if you use hair coloring products from the box and you have dark hair or dark brown hair (like mine) you will not solely achieved your preferred hair color unless you pre-lightened it (bleaching process). Good thing to those who have light hair color because the hair color will effect nicely.

I must warn you that if you are planning to mix hair color chemicals and apply it to your hair, it might turn your hair in a bad shaped for you know a little about its mixtures unless you have been tutored with the right amount of mixtures which hair colorist professionals will rarely tell you.

If only I can find a good hair colorists who undergone professional training I would pay but sadly, I can’t find one and those who are colorist of celebrities costs too high for a simple lady like me. I choose to use the boxed hair color and do it on my own for free and if something bad happens or if it didn’t achieved what I want at least I do it alone and I have nobody to blame at all and did not pay any charge for the salon service.

Hair Colors

There are different components and types of hair colors. A professional hair colorists can define it. It is sometimes depends on you natural hair color. Bleaching your hair can damage your hair because it can be burned by the chemicals. So, you bleach your hair at your own risk and just to achieve your desired hair color especially if you have dark hair.

How to dye?

  1. Wash your hair at least one day before you color your hair, so that your hair produce natural oil which helps the hair color to bond even more.
  2. Comb your hair and divide your hair into sections.
  3. Test your hair color if you are allergic to the formula but if you are used to the hair color and got no chemical reaction, you can use it right away.
  4. Apply your hair color starting from bottom. Hairline: Nape to forehead.
  5. Follow the time. If you overdue hair color in your hair, it might damage your hair and can cause dryness.
  6. Wash your hair thoroughly.
  7. Don’t panic if you wash your hair on the second time and with another succeeding washes, your hair color washes off.
  8. Usage of Color Protect shampoos can help your hair color lasts long.
  9. Condition your hair.

If you have something to add here, please do share in my comment box. :)

Hair Treatments

Hair Treatments can nourish or damage hair depending on the degree of the procedure and the content of the formula. Always remember that there are time to stop treating your hair with chemicals. I encourage you to use organic treatments which also can save you spending a lot of money for your hair. The are types of hair which treatments basically depends on it. Do not undergo in a certain hair treatment which your hair really don’t need.

I have a gorgeous Asian straight locks and I get compliments with my hair. Some people always asked me if I straightened my hair and my usual reply is not. There are many treatments that can be availed in salons and there are alternative and organic way to treat hair. I remember when I was in high school, I curled my hair  and lose it when I am in college. Curls were hard maintain especially, I am not naturally born with curly hair. My hair breaks and tied on its own and it is difficult to brush it. On the other hand, I always hot oil my hair naturally with the use of coconut oil or mayonnaise (I know it’s messy but I guarantee you, it is effective!). I got into hair coloring treatments, I used boxed hair coloring kits and color my hair by myself or with the help of my best friend.

My hair is merely dried out but still in a fine condition, I just need to be cautious about my current obsession. I think I need to renew my hot oil treatments to retrieve my old locks.

I hope these tips and a basic knowledge primarily helped you. If you have questions or any suggestions,  my  comment box is always open. :) Take care always!

-xx-

Love,

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Happy One: For the first time in forever

ALERT: Cheesy Overload!!

After my 2013 recap, here’s my post dedicated to my best friend, boyfriend, and brother in one because it’s our fourth anniversary and I am fully excited. We have been together this long and still strong. Time will come our relationship will be going on a higher level and I am positively hoping that we will make it! I am proud being her girlfriend and I am more proud of him too.

He is the best person I ever had. He is my strength and he is my sanity. Whenever I am losing all my hopes and feeling down, he is there to lift me up and cheer me up to make me smile. Sometimes, I get so jealous with those girls around him though I know that he is faithful to me and the only girls that he likes other than me are Hayley Williams and Jennifer Lawrence. HaHa!

His humor and his laughs stays on my mind for long. I love talking to him and learn a lot. He is more intelligent than me when it comes to facts. He easily gets tired and gets so grumpy. When he is hungry he gets grumpy too! haha! that’s the time when I love teasing him. haha!

I think I am making him more look like an ideal guy, ha! People might say, I can only say this because I am blind for the reason that I am in love with him. I have known him for so long.

He is a lovable person. We have been best friends since June 1997 because we ride the same school service, then we became classmates in elementary then remain best friends. I know who are his exes and he knows mine too. Sometimes, I tease him over other girls. haha!

My Message

In the last four years, we have survived trials. From simple quarrels to huge issues that keeps on coming back. We have learned how to hold on and love one another. I know you are faithful to me and so I am. I know that we will make this last and we will do anything and solve every problem together, hand in hand. As I look back from the photos we have shared for the past years, I just realized how much we grow together. Time passed by rapidly and we know relationships are not measured by time, years or any measuring tools available in your toolbox and hardware stores but it is felt by two people, who selflessly loving each other.

We both belong in the work force now. We do have different career paths and we meet other people and create affiliations. That’s all okay because we need to make a living for our future family. We have to save money for the things we want and to make our plans transpires. I wish that we could achieve each of our dreams and become successful with what we do. I wished that we could do more adventures together, eat every food in the world, go travel city by city. We will build a nice home and we will put so much love in it. I have lots of high hopes for our relationship. No one can devour our relationship if we choose to be faithful to each other and put GOD and “us” in whatever we do. I am motivated by you. I am determined to work hard for us. I will do my best my dear for our relationship and for our family. Loyalty, happiness, communication, friendship, understanding and love are the main ingredients of our relationship. NEVER GIVE UP. HOLD ON and NEVER EVER LET ME GO.

Sometimes, we almost give up on each other and I am afraid of it. I am afraid to lose you. We have been always carried away by our emotions especially, anger, sadness and jealousy. However, always remember what we have learned from Hachiko movie we watch, “No matter how mad or angry you are, always remember you love each other and think of the happy times you have shared and will do in the future”, From these we will hold on and let the sea calm itself after the storm. Problems are meant to be solve by facing it not by quitting, retreating or giving up.

Always, remember how many times we are tested. Keep the faith and lets look forward together. I will hold you. You are such a wonderful person that’s God has given me. I am lucky to found my other half in you. I am always thankful that you always choose me over other things. I am grateful that instead you are having a nice drinking session or party, you choose me. You exchange good times with your friends for me. That’s why sometimes, I felt so guilty because you always choose to be with me but then, I am still thankful. I have no words to say further on how lucky I am since, I met you and fell in love with you. I am more proud to say to anyone that you are my boyfriend and if the good heavens favor us, you’ll be my husband and will be the father of my children.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MY DEAR!!! I am always here with you. I am here to support and love you unconditionally. Sorry if I am always moody and paranoid. Sorry if we fight over the same issues. I am just overly protective because I might lose you and I won’t let it happen. Thank you for your undying patience and you always there to love me and crazily do things with me. I love you to the moon and back honey. I am always be your best friend, girlfriend sister, soulmate and wife.

Thank you for everything! I am always yours.

I wanna share some photos of ours in the past year (2013): 

RANDOM AND HAPPY MOMENTS WITH MY EJAY! :)

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HAPPY MOMENTS WITH MY EJAY! :) <3

HAPPY MOMENTS WITH MY EJAY! :) <3

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OKAY! I warned you before reading this post but you read it anyway. So, thank you for giving me you at least five minutes of your time reading this cheesy overload post of mine. :)

Always,
Anna

My 2013

This is a bit recap of my year. I must admit that this is a ‘ME STUFF” and not something about food, travel, technology, beauty or anything above or under the hot sunshine. :)

This is an awesome year to remember. “22” is the best age according to Taylor Swift and I think she is right about it while, according to Paramore from their Hello Cold World song,

22 is like the worst idea that I have ever had
It’s too much pain, it’s too much freedom
What should I do with this?
it’s not the way you plan it
It’s how you make it happen

Well, both idea were right, I have experienced both and I just had lots of fun, pressure and knowledge to keep. It makes me feel more human and I realized that every second of the day is important because I am getting old and I might lose my aces and regret it for not doing anything. I must spend it wisely and even if it is difficult to do, I must survive! Even if it is tiring, at the end of the day it will be all full worth to do.

One thing is for sure about me now and for the succeeding years:  “I WILL NEVER LOSE ANY PARTICULAR CHANCE IN MY LIFE. I WILL AVOID TO SAY NO TO GOOD TIMES AND QUALITY TIMES. I WILL DO EVERYTHING TO MAKE A LIVING AND FOR MY FUTURE

ON THE OTHER HAND, here are some photos of my adventures this year:

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Mother’s day with Nanay and Mommy (My Grannies)

Nicole's 4th Birthday @ 8waves Waterpark and Resort

April 17: Nicole’s 4th Birthday @ 8waves Waterpark and Resort

Summer 2013 @ Aztea Zambales. Beach day!

Summer 2013 @ Aztea Zambales. Beach day!

May 25, 26, 27: 3 days 2 nights with Ejay's family @ Piña Colina Tagaytay.

May 25, 26, 27: 3 days 2 nights with Ejay’s family @ Piña Colina Tagaytay.

May 26: Mommy's Birthday. (I missed it because I was in Tagaytay with Ejay).

May 26: Mommy’s Birthday. (I missed it because I was in Tagaytay with Ejay).

Night Swimming with Elementary classmates. Such fun night! Friends Forever!

Night Swimming with Elementary classmates. Such fun night! Friends Forever!

July 02: Vianca's 16th Birthday.

July 02: Vianca’s 16th Birthday.

July 04: Lloyd's 15th Birthday.

July 04: Lloyd’s 15th Birthday.

JULY 09: COMPLETE! COUSINS!

JULY 09: COMPLETE! COUSINS!

With Daryll. My Cousin!

With Daryll. My Cousin!

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July Moments with Santiago Family

August 03: Ate Camille's Bridesmaid on her Wedding! <3

August 03: Ate Camille’s Bridesmaid on her Wedding! <3

September 19: Eliana's 2nd Birthday at Jollibee Pulilan (September 23)

September 19: Eliana’s 2nd Birthday at Jollibee Pulilan (September 22)

MY 23 BIRTHDAY WITH EJAY!!

MY 23rd BIRTHDAY WITH EJAY!!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! 5th Christmas with Ejay. :)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
5th Christmas with Ejay. :)

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Christmas photo

I am really thankful for this year. Grateful to do so many things. had lots of fun with my family and friends. Spend quality time with those people I love most. 2013 is a year of experience for me. Looking forward to more adventures in 2014. It is a new beginning too! I am gonna be tougher than I am now.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

I hope you all had a good year in 2013 too and like I wish, may 2014 be nice to all of us. We cannot avoid bumps on the road but you must learn how to drive: speed up, slow down and stop.

Love,

anna

Post Christmas Greetings

Lately, I was consumed by family duties and other stuff. I was always away from my computer and I only have my phone which I have the WordPress app in it where I can able to reply all the comments.

I am having a hard time blogging using my phone because there was this incident when I almost finish my post for the day, I accidentally deleted it. It hurts because it was hard to type a long post using only a smartphone. Well, at least I re-typed all of it again. haha! Good Job for me (sarcasm).

GREETINGS!

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I wanna greet all of you a Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas. Whether it was just a simple lunch, dinner or a grand celebration with your family and friends. Still, you have the right to celebrate the season of love and share you care for others. Having such an amazing Christmas doesn’t depend on how many gifts you received or how grand the food that you eat. It’s Christmas! what matters, you remember who we celebrate for and its essence.

My Christmas

Well, mine was all very simple and it was a sleepy day for me and for the family. This was the only time I got the chance to sleep long enough recovering from the sleepless nights I spent in the hospital because my granny was admitted last week. I thought I will spend Christmas in the hospital but luckily my granny was discharged before Christmas day.

I am just happy that my granny is now positively recovering. She had depression and anxiety that caused her to take too much sleep and lost her appetite for the reason that she was diagnose the past month with diabetes. The doctor advised her to go on a diet but she overdo it and caused her to lose weight.

I got the chance to spend my Christmas night with my boyfriend and we were just happy at home talking. It was all simple yet happy time.

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What about you? What did you do this Christmas day? :)

New Year is coming!! What is you New Year’s Resolution? :)

Happy Holidays!
Take care always!

Love,
anna

Etude House: Bubble hair color

Last Wednesday, (October 30) I decided to color my hair. I use Etude House’s Bubble hair color in #04 Red Wine. If you are updated to my blog I already colored my hair red using Revlon hair color, You can check my post here.My best friend influenced me on coloring my hair. First, Golden Blonde which I wear for a year. Second, RED early this year and now touched up again with color red. I am absolutely obsessed with dyeing my hair however I am cautious with what I do with my hair because I love my hair and I do not want to lose my natural straight hair because just because I over-processed it.

Etude House

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This was the first time I use an Etude product and I am must say, It is good and they have quality products made for Asian girls out there like me. Since it is a Korean product, expect everything is in Korean language and you have to ask the beauty assistants on duty regarding on how to use the product and how it works. I bought a hair coloring product and an eyebrow pencil which are both good!

Bubble hair color: #04 Red Wine

This product was made for ladies who want to dye their own hair at home. This product made home hair coloring job easy unlike other hair color products which you need someone who knows how to dye hair to put it on your hair.

The Box composed of:
Pump Container
Liquid Solution
A conditioner
Pair of gloves
Plastic Cape

It will come out from the pump in foam and you will spread it to your hair liberally, I am sure that you will enjoy it doing this. You are like shampooing your hair. After putting everything, let it set for 30 minutes and wash it after.

Here’s the result:
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After awhile…
On the first day, the color is so vibrant but as I wash my hair it loses its color and stained my towels. As expected, red hair colors can be washed off really fast. My hair became a bit dry when I wash it but as time passed by it softens because I use conditioner. You have to use a color protector shampoo and conditioner. I will explain everything about hair coloring on my next post.

The Verdict:

4 out of fivee

Got some questions?

You may leave some questions about hair coloring and Etude House: Bubble Hair Color product. :) Or you may share some awesome moments while coloring your hair, additional advice and product recommendations. Feel free to leave some awesome comments down here. Thanks!

Love,

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