Wednesday, December 02, 2009

it's preggy time!

I know it's been awhile since I last posted here.
I'm a bit active in my other blog: http://rrlgan.livejournal.com/


I'm now on my 12th week and 3rd day of pregnancy.
Yes, I'm preggy already! Hahaha! :)
Finally!! After my dermoid cyst operation, and some ovulation problems as per my Ob-Gyne, I'm now finishing my 1st trimester!

At present, morning sickness' bit tolerable na.
My lower tummy area's growing more obvious.
I have to ask Melchor to do some 1st trimester pictorial soon.

We visited our Ob Center here in Shanghai last November 26.
Here's the ultrasound of our Baby Gan:
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Our baby grown a lot since our last ultrasound.
Anyway, that's my update for now..
Have to rest now. ;)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Haul: D&G Blushes, Armani Sienna Bronzer

I finally received a package with my ordered goodies.I got: Armani Sienna Minerals Bronzing Palette and 2 D&G Blushes!They looked so pretty!! I tried one of the D&G blushes earlier, and it looked like a natural flush!Anyway, here's the pictures of my haul:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Can't wait to try the other D&G blush and the bronzer!! Yipeee!!!

Prada Shielding Balm - Swatches

Just like to share my swatches of Prada Shielding Lip Balm.
As of the moment, I got 1 colorless and 8 with tints.
My Prada Shielding Balm Lip/Lip Tint

Swatches:
Swatches of Prada Shielding Balm Lip/Lip Tint

I love using these lip tints! They're perfect, specially during the day!!

They're not that pigmented. All are SPF 15. So as long as they protect our lips, that's good already!

Haul: Shu Uemura Red:Juvenus line

Hong Kong is definitely a shopping paradise!!!
Melchor and I had fun there! Anything you want, you need, you can find them there in Hong Kong.
We visited several popular malls there.
IFC, Harbour City, Sogo, Langham Place, Hong Kong Seibu, The Landmark, Times Square, Lee Gardens, World Trade Center, Fashion Walk, Silvercord. Of course, we also got to visit Mongkok area.. I believe Melchor was amazed with the people and computer/photo equipment shops there.

Of all the malls we visited, I'm so amazed with the vast and huge area of Harbour city, the tons of people in Causeway bay area nearing Times Square. (I will definitely book a hotel in the Causeway Bay area next time!!!). I failed to visit Pacific Place in Admiralty.. I have to visit this place next time.

Times Square had lots of stores also. You can find HK's Jill Stuart counter in Time Square.
Melchor was telling me to get something from Jill Stuart, since I think he knows I love this brand!!!
(It's so cute to hear him saying the brands that I love.. It shows how much he pays attention to what I like!!)
That shows how much he values his wife, right? hahahaha!

But when I got to the Jill Stuart counter, I can't seem to choose anything I like!!!! Weird!!
(Please see separate entry for the picture of my JS visit! hahaha!)

Then, Melchor and I went to Lane Crawford. You can find a lot of makeup/skincare brands there!!!!
I first got the Kiehl's Superbly Restorative Argan Oil, 'coz my skin tends to dry up especially on Winter. And I'm so curious with Argan Oil.

Moving forward, I saw the Shu Uemura counter, and quickly inquired about their new eyebrow gel. There were only 2 SA during that time, which made some customers (like me) wait impatiently for their assistance in the products. Anyway, I've been itching to try the Eyebrow Gel and saw that the HK counter only have two shades! I got the darkest one in Seal Brown, and they ran out of the brush for this product. Then, I was introduced by the SA to their new skincare line - Red Juvenus. As you all my read about my previous entry,, I'm concern with early signs of aging, lines and all. I noticed a faint line nearing my right eyebrow. This is due to my uncontrollable facial expressions!!! So in the end, I got the 4 of the 5 products under the Red Juvenus Line.

I got the following:
Shu Uemura Red Jevenus skincare & Eyebrow Gel + brush with box
^ I got the 6OB brush @ Hong Kong International Airport Duty free.

Red:Juvenus skin care line:

Shu Uemura Red Juvenus Line

- Red Juvenus Vitalizing Refining Lotion Enriched
- Red Juvenus Vitalizing Retexturing Emulsion
- Red Juvenus Intense Vitalizing Concentrate
- Red Juvenus Vitalizing Retexturing Cream


To be honest, I was totally not sure why I got these! Hahahaha!
I guess the magic word I read about this line was the ingredient of Pomegranate.
As my friend pointed out to me, when I told her I got these and they have Pomegranate, "You're obssessed with Pomegranate talaga!" hahahaha!

After I got these, that's when I finally opened my laptop and look more into this line.
Taken from Shu Uemura website:


shu uemura launches a breakthrough in skincare technology to
prevent first signs of aging such as dull skin, loss of elasticity, and fine
lines. red:juvenus is designed to protect against free radicals and vitalize
skin cells by enhancing the flow of essential elements for youthful, radiant
skin.

It can be that bad right?

The ingredients can be found at their website.
Shu Uemura Red:Juvenus benefits
^ I love anything with Pomegranate! hahaha!

I've been using these newly purchased items for almost a week. And I can say, my skin's softer, more glowing and healthy. I will update this post after 2 weeks or a month. I can see obvious improvements with my skin before.. But I hope to have significant effect, specially with the faint line I got in my eyebrow area. Hahaha!
I was surprised with this purchase and I think Melchor also felt that way! He wanted me to get things from Jill Stuart.. instead of Shu Uemura! hahahaha!

My daily regimen:
Morning: Emulsion, sunblock, powder, eyebrow gel, blush, lipstick, lip treatment
Night: Lotion, Concentrate, Cream, eye cream, spot whitening gel, lip treatment
So far, so good :)
I have these thoughts for now.. :)
One thing's for sure, I love to visit Hong Kong again and again and again!! :)

Me @ Jill Stuart HK Counter


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Originally uploaded by rrlgan

I wasn't able to find anything I like from JS.
But it's fun to see the cute and girly things... :)

Please pardon my horrifying look!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Haul: Chanel JC Blush

I got these Chanel blushes last month.
The shades were Fantasia, Rose Dust and In Love.
After I got them, I immediately use them the next day!!
It was Love!!!
I love Chanel blushes, and I'm so happy to be able to got them in tester pan form.
They're all lovely!!! I frequently used Rose Dust and In Love! Hahaha!

Chanel JC Fantasia



Chanel JC in Love

Chanel JC Rose Dust

Because of my excitement the day I got them, I hurriedly made a swatch for them:

Swatches of Rose Dust, In Love and Fantasia

I'm so happy to finally add my Chanel JC blushes. I wonder when I'll have more.. hmmm....

Friday, September 18, 2009

a Sister's message

My sister, Erica, was my Maid of Honor.
She's the youngest, the cutest one.. I still remember her chubby face (BEFORE) and her pigtails!
She's the fairest, the cutest one in the family.

Fast forward today, she's taller than me already!
She already graduated from UST. Time flies so fast!!!

She's the biggest help during the wedding preps and my operation last April.
Without her, I don't think I will be able to finalized the Wedding invitation on time! Hahaha!

Since she's the Maid of Honor, she was required to speak during our wedding reception.
The day was an emotional one! Hahaha! So, I think some, like me, possibly wasn't able to catch her message.
After the wedding, I grabbed her copy. Hahaha!
It's still with me up to now.

I don't think this kind of message can be easily duplicated, this everybody have their own life stories, own challenges.
This kind of message is strictly my sister's message to me and Melchor.
I hope other people can receive this kind of message from their own people.
After all, who will know you best, than the ones closest to you.
Other things can be mirrored, but this one's only for me.

Thank you very much Erica!
Good luck to your TOEFL! :)

Almost a Year after the Wedding

I remember exactly 1 year ago, around this date, that I was fussing, researching, reading, planning panicking about The Wedding.
I haven't done my wedding suppliers reviews yet, Hahaha! Coz a part of me still hasn't let go that I already had my wedding!
I haven't got that courage yet, to close my doors with my Wedding team.
You can say, I'm secretly hoping that I will get an email or a message from them.. reminding me of my pending task, pending decisions to make! Hahaha! But of course, I can only hope..
My wedding had already passed. Melchor and I only have the grandest memories of THE Day.
From the preparations, researching, reading.. hahaha! I love every moment of it!
Sleepless nights, finding the perfect designs. Panicking with my Entourage gowns.
Regretting some decisions made. Hoping I chose this and that.
Then after all of it, hardwork, happiness, some bloopers and what ifs, you end up still feeling discontented.
You wanted more. You're seeing other pictures, other designs, choices made by others.
You secretly wishing, you have thought of this, that! Really never-ending!
I have subscribed a lot of wedding related sites, blogs of suppliers. That's where you see what other couples were doing.
Their gowns, their choices, they were featured. Hahaha!
I realized my feeling of discontentment when I was asking myself how come I wasn't able to choose what the others did.. etc.
Maybe I should have researched more.. or forced myself not to sleep that time, just so I can have more choices to choose from.
Hahaha! I know! It's beyond normal already!
I realized I'm pressuring myself of something vague. I had the best time of my life.
My work is done! All my hardwork had paid off. From little items to the big decisions, I made sure to had every hand of it.
My wedding was perfect. For me. For my husband.
That's when I decided to just browse wedding related sites and blogs! Hahaha!

Anyway, I just have to say all of that. Hahaha!
I guess some hands-on brides will eventually be feeling this way. I'm one of them. :)
And now, after almost a year, Melchor and I will be celebrating our anniversary soon, I guess I can now let go.. I have to let go na.
Let go and say my final Thank you.. to the wonderful people behind our day.
I've jot down some of the memorable experiences I had with my wedding team, and some description of what happened, etc. I think you can find more stories at my other blog in choosing these wonderful people.

October 18, 2008 Melchor and Ria Gan:
Santuario de San Jose - I love this church! The staff are very nice and friendly. Our Canonical interview was done a day before our wedding day! Hahaha! The church is beautiful. I like that the Church is in a secured area.. The aisle length is just right with picturesque altar. We did an occular February 2008, I never wrote about this before, but when we were checking out the church, a 500 peso bill flew to my feet area!!!
For me, it's a sign that this is the church for us. Melchor was baptised in this church also. But the sad part was that, during my wedding, the glass door before was stucked! So you can just open the one side! So much for the cloth that Clarice placed to compensate the glass door.
Overall, I love this church! The door was changed into a beautiful wood-made. So lucky for those who will tie the knot in this church, they can now not worry about how to decorate the door. :) It's a bit warm pala sa upfront. :)

Fr. Rex Vidal - Our Priest. :) We got Fr. Rex at the last minute, based from Erica's persistent recommendation. He's very funny and lively. We only have smiles and laughs during the ceremony. My fave line from Fr. Rex: " walang expiry tong pinipirmahan nyo ah.." hahaha!! Thank you Erica for this.

Edsa Shangri-La Hotel - We got the Garden Ballroom - just right for my intimate wedding. Though my Mom, Melchor and I were forced to really trim down our guests list, because of the limited space. We got the Executive Suite at the Garden Wing.. then additional 4 superior rooms for our family.

Clarice Avinante - I have all praises with Clarice! She's very patient with us! hahaha! We tend to submit or decide beyond the deadline Clarice gave us.. Hahaha! Sorry! But in the end, I think we did really good! Clarice's very responsible. She will do everything to make your day really perfect! My sister Erica remembered the time we met at Blue Wave, for our first meeting nearing our wedding date. Erica was kinda panicking that time, and Clarice told her "ok lang yan... kami na bahala.. Erica, wag ka magpanic!" I have a lot of fond memories with Clarice.

Veluz Reyes - The best wedding gown designer!! She's the one who made me first felt that "this is it, I'm really getting married!!" I have all praises and good words to say about Ms. V, from the first time we've corresponded, to the fittings, fittings and final fittings!! She's the best!!! She listens to what her girls want and request, and executes them well! I don't have to worry about my other wedding accessories, because they're all included in the package.

Niko Hernandez - My mom loves her gown! I think Niko executed what my Mom wanted. They understood each other very well. Erica had an unforgettable story with Niko, which involves my Granny! hahaha! Niko's very nice, active! hahaha! He's so much fun!!

Max Tiu - The best Host ever!!! I remember the first time we met, it was 5 days before the wedding day! Hahaha! Very nice and willing to work with other singer.

Threelogy - Getting them was really by fate. Hahaha! I remembered that when I first inquired for my wedding date, they were booked already! So I scouted our videographers like - Jason Magbanua, Bob Nicolas, Imacron, Shierdan Pamintuan. I was to book someone already, but alas our scheduled did not permit us to meet. Then my friend, Girlie's sisters - Candie and Lilliane called and tole me that Threelogy will be having 2 teams! I immediately called and booked them!! Come wedding day, they made me feel at ease.. haha! Parang normal lang.. pero makikita mo silang palakad lakad.. hahaha! With their gears.. :)

Nelwin Uy - Great pictures. Hands down.. Galing!

Jill Lejano - sobrang Cool!!! Hahaha! So happy that I was able to get her for our 2nd photographers. They're very nice and friendly. Pictures are really great!! Galing galing!!!

Alex Franco - At first, Melchor doesn't want us to spend for the cake separately. Based from Edsa Shangri-la's wedding package, we can avail the cake, 5-tier cake, but only the bottom's edible. So.. I asked Clarice about Alex Franco. Heard good reviews about his cake, so Clarice helped us schedule a meeting with Alex. I remember Melchor telling me that we'll just talk to Alex.. No promises! Hahaha! I said, okay. But after 15minutes of talking to Alex, I think both Melchor and I were just hypnotized! :D We love this guy! He's so easy to work with, easy to talk to! I was 80% willing to get him for our cakes, but I think the best thing was that Alex charmed his way to Melchor saying okay and we'll get him to do our cakes!! We served our cake to the guests as their desserts, and I got good reviews with it. :)

Delby Bragais - Melchor's suit. She's so nice, friendly and bubbly!! We had really fun during our fittings. She's really nice and very good at what she promised. Melchor loves his suit. Of course, he's not as expressive as I am. Hahaha!

Veejay Floresca - I got Veejay 12 days before our wedding day. Yes, 12 days!! He was already my choice for the Entourage gowns, but during the first part of my inquiry, I felt that maybe he's preoccupied that may not have the time to accept projects at that time. Then, disaster strikes with ento gown maker that I thought will do good work. I contacted Veejay immediately and ask if he can accept my rush project. We met on the 8th of October, measurements were made that week, fittings were on the 15th! Wahahahah! He did an amazing job!! My entourage felt really good and happy with their gowns, and for me, that's the important thing!! I love the Flower girls' gowns, they looked so cute!!! I'm so happy to have a happy ending with my entourage gowns.

The Write Impression - I only had TWI in my mind to do our invites. Though I've seen samples that TWI did in their office, when Melchor and I visited there with Clarice, I wanted something more, something original, something unique. Hahaha! So I spent sooooo many nights, just researching for my perfect design. With Clarice's reminders, I still haven't found the right design that I wanted! Finally, with the help of my sister, Erica, she went to TWI office, and worked with me throughout the process of choosing and designing the final wedding invitations. Choices were made, samples were given.. hahaha! At long last, we were able to choose my own unique design!! :) I believe I had around 7 revisions, before I said YES. My mom was doing the Chinese inserts, and I think she had 12 revisions!!! Hahaha! Our invites are perfect!! They delivered as promised. :)

Peddy Acebo - I love this guy! I love my hair and makeup!!! I felt at ease with him! He really does know his craft!! He's the best! Even my mom and sister love him!!!

Balay Kandila - My very last minute booking! :) hahaha! I met BK during my final lunch meeting with Clarice. I think the funny thing about booking BK is that, Melchor had no idea I already have them in my mind to do our styling. :) hahaha! I wanted something different for the backdrop and couple's table. And yes, it was really nice! It was what I had expected!! Very easy to talk to. And willing to do last minute booking! Hahahaha! :)

Den Den Atanacio - our Wedding Singer!! He's so good!!!!!!! Amazing voice, great songs!! I'm so happy that Clarice told me to get him! Melchor and I were so amazed with him!! He sang at the church and reception. Super duper galing!!!

Discovery Weekend - Melchor was skeptic in going to this retreat. I insisted. So eventually, we went and I can say this solidifies our relationship and attest our goal of getting married. I can say, attending this retreat made me more calm in tackling issues with Melchor. I think he will say the same thing din. That's the goal, right?

Teddy Manuel - I was not able to meet Teddy, but I love the flowers! Since I was running out of time, I asked Clarice to help me with the flowers. :) They were what I've expected them to be. :)

Fabfoto - Our wedding souvenirs! I believe my guests had fun in the booth! :)

Tisha Rosales - our Unity Candle maker. Hahaha! We got Tisha to do our Candles I think maybe more than a week before our Wedding date! Hahaha! She's so fun, and was able to do our candles the way I envisioned them to be! Hahaha!

Weddings at work - the best way to research and get to know the suppliers! Join their group and you'll see! hahaha!

So far, these are my wedding suppliers. There are still some others, but I believe these are the integral part of our day.
I hope that my suppliers won't think that I was ungrateful to them, coz I wasn't able to communicate with them after the wedding day. But In my heart, I have my own reasons for not able to thank them more than what I did during that day.
I had a hard time letting go.
But I am grateful, to each and everyone who were present in my day.
Thank you so so much!!!!

P.s. Kindly forgive some grammar lapses, etc. hahaha! I just typed away without further internalizing and editing. And according to my sister, Erica, my English's starting to sound like China- English! hahaha!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

my makeup stash

I was able to take photos of my stash last week.
It made me realized that I may have a lot of stuff already.
I may not really need them all, but I have them all! :)
I hope hubby won't see this post too.. ;)
I got tired and was not able to take pictures of the others like eyeshadow, eyeliner, etc.
Maybe next time.. :)



Friday, September 04, 2009

Timeout!!!

I have to control myself until the end of the month!
Control, meaning, I have to stop my shopping for a while. Hahaha!

But stop shopping for now, I have to list down what I would like to get and shop, when the right time finally comes. Hahaha! That's all I have to say for now.

Oh, btw, my new blog's address is here.
I hope it continues to be available where I am now.
Please!!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

my other blog

As you all may know, Blogspot.com is still blocked here in China.
It's really sad.. Huhuhu!!

Because of this, I've researched and look for blog hosting that can work here.
I think I signed up all available blog hosting site.. and they end up really not for me. I don't like how they look like, and how the posting can be done.

After all the signing-up, I found a site that can work for now.
I hope this site won't be block out soon! Wahh!!
Or else.. I may be forced to look for a paid hosting service! hahaha! :D

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Goodies: Prada Shielding Balm

I have these Prada Shielding Lip Balm for quite some time now. I was a bit obsessed about it, and tried my best to swap for them at Makeupalley.com. I have these cute stuff already, and I felt it's about time I try them now.

So far, I have the 8 shades. The neutral one, then 7 colors! Haha! I found out that there's an eight shade, and I'm once again curious and wanting to have one! LOL! It's very moisturizing, and no gooey feeling. I like that in a lip balm.

I have some several here, but I think I will start using these shielding balms! What's more exciting about them is that you'll get the same coverage of SPF15, at different shades!! Hahaha! :)


my Prada Shielding Balms!!
There's 9 in the picture because, I have 2 Neutral Shade.
Total of 8 shades - 1 is Neutral..
Tiny yet... hahaha! but cute?
You'll be able to squeeze something from them.. haha!

Friday, August 07, 2009

my Facial Cleansers

Here are my facial cleansers in use right now.
Some are still brand new! haha! As for the others, I'm taking turns in using.

I have to admit that there are times I have trouble in choosing what to use! hahaha! :)
I'm not that obssessed yet, right? Just don't let my hubby read this post! :p


August already

It's August already, and I haven't blogged a thing yet.

August is also a special month for me and my family.
Having 3 siblings' birthday all in August, yes.. this is a special month every year in our family.
I was scrambling my old files and to check pictures I can attach to this post.
Hahahaha! I was so ugly back then!
Old pic
Me, my Mom and siblings! :) Good ol' days ah!


August 1 was a gloomy day for the Philippines.
Former President Cory Aquino passed away after a year-long battle of Colon Cancer.
Not that I'm a fan fan... I'm amazed with her humility, humbleness and faith in God.
Condolence to her family.

Friday, July 31, 2009

another box of Peaches

Our Peaches arrived yesterday.. a box full of yellow goodies with hint of pink! haha! :)
There are still mid-ripe, crunchy.. just the way Melchor and I both like.


Yummy!! Our last goodies for the season!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

my new Hair Dryer

I got my new hair dryer last Saturday.
It's new, it's big, and very very powerful!! haha!
I'm using it for 2 days now.. and so far, so good!
Also for the ion thing, I switched it ON, and I felt my hair's fuller and bouncier for now.
Maybe it's a psyche thing only.. haha!
Overall, I'm happy with this purchase! Hope this last more than the last one.

Peaches season

It's peaches season now here in Shanghai.
And the best peaches here are found in Nanhui, Shanghai.
If you google the word, Nanhui, you will see there's a page featuring peach flowers in Nanhui.
Cool, huh?
With the help of our colleague Diane, we got a box of Peaches! Wooohooo!!
Gave some to Marvin, my brother in-law; friend Veronica... the rest, Melchor and I ate an average of 2 peaches per day, since we got the box of peaches! :) hahaha!

We have a final peach for now, and I'll let Melchor enjoy his last peach later.
I ordered a box again earlier! hahaha! :)
The peaches season will be over this week. I'm happy to order a box again!
Final peaches galore!!!


Thursday, July 23, 2009

my dead hair dryer

This is my 2nd hair dryer here in Shanghai. I got this last 2007, after Melchor's small hair dryer went kaboom on me, and now, this 2nd hair dryer went dead on me yesterday -07222009! After I plugged it, there was a burnt odor.. and that's it.. Hair dryer no more.

So I'm search for a new hair dryer.. I'm eyeing Panasonic items and possibly a larger salon type dryer.
After checking Panasonic web page, there are a lot of new technological advances they now have with hair dryers? Like Nano something and Ionity... I wonder if they do work.. hmmm...

Anyway, here's to the 2 yrs of Philips hair dryer!! I badly need a new one!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Skincare: Moisturizer

I'm using this moisturizer for the past week.
It's actually nice... I think my skin's loving it :) This is just a sample.. I'm test driving this for now..
If all goes well, I might get a full-sized soon ;)


July 22, 2009 - Total Solar Eclipse

It's raining here in Shanghai.. Temperature is now around 29 to 30 degrees Celsius.. A refreshing day after yesterday's 36 to 37 degrees. Solar Eclipse day.. but it's cloudy and raining here.

Around 9:00AM, it seems like 5PM in the afternoon already... felt like the sun sets already.. the day was actually just starting.

Some pictures taken from 9:34AM to 9:40AM:



It's now bright, cloudy, yet raining.. We welcome the change of temp.. but too bad we were not able to see the full solar eclipse! After 300 years again, perhaps.. :)

First cooked meal: Salmon

Last Sunday, Melchor and I got not much to do, and we decided to hit Carrefour store near our place. I've been scouting the fresh goods for the last couple of visit, but Melchor was not too keen to cook on our own. I saw the piece of Salmon in the fresh freezer, and I told Melchor maybe we can try and cook something on our own! (This is very rare, since I'm not a very domesticated person and this is my hubby's chance for us to start learning to be domesticated! haha!)

So, we got a piece of Salmon.. and it's not cheap ah! It costs Rmb 62.00 here, and it was just 0.34kg. But the craving for a Salmon ruled over than thinking about the price. After all, I want us to practice eating healthy.. This is a good way to start.

Come Monday after office. We stormed to our dormitory's kitchen, armed with our olive oil. We took out the salmon from the fridge and realized that we still need to defrost it! It was stone-freezed! Wahh!! Since we'd planned on cooking the fish in the afternoon, we should have brought up the fish from the freezer to allow time to defrost. Ok ok, lesson learned. :)

We washed the fish, then placed it in a microwave oven for it to defrost. Melchor set the time to 10 minutes to defrost, I was bugging him maybe he set the time too long!

Then, Melchor wanted to cut the fish into 2.. Since I have this idea of how the salmon fish will look like after we cook it, I told him, no and I want it in 1 piece! Haha!

We prepared the frying pan. I poured the oil to ready the frying. I was advised by my sister Ever to be sure that the oil's hot before we place the fish! Haha! That's what I did and what I told Melchor! Then, with Melchor holding the pan, I placed the fish, oil splashing around, then our pan caught FIRE!! I instinctly blowed the pan with the fish! Haha!

In the middle of the cooking, Melchor's doing all the work now, we realized that we don't exactly know if the salmon is cooked in the middle part or not! So in the end, Melchor said we need to cut it into 2.. Haha! I reluctantly agreed.. :)

Ever told me we also need to seasoned the fish! I saw a pot of salt, but I felt it was a bit old, since I can see some salt stucked together to form circular shaped.. I told Melchor maybe the salt we had was expired already! He said salt doesn't have expiration date! Fine fine... I think I have to look and research about this! :P We sprinkled the salt all over the fish to have some taste to it.

Since it's now summer here in Shanghai, it's really hot and humid in the kitchen! I think I may like to put an A/C in my future kitchen! Haha!

Melchor was turning the fish left and right.. After assuring him the 2pieces were cooked already, we placed it in a bowl.. We're ready to eat na! Melchor wanted a buttery flavor, so he sliced our butter and placed it on top of the fish. Then, we went on to our room. I got 4 pieces of fresh lemon also from our supermarket, (cost: Rmb 9.00+), sliced 1 and Melchor squeezed the lemon juices to the fish! I was super starving at this point! Finally, our very own Salmon dinner!!! :)

That Monday night, Melchor and I were talking and doing recaps of what happened at our cooking experience. We were reminiscing the Fire we got after I placed the fish in the pan! Haha! 'Parang flambeau ah! hahaha!' Too bad we were not able to photograph the fire pan thing! Haha!

My lessons learned from our first cooking attempt:
1) Make sure to defrost the fish prior to cooking! I was recalling and I felt since we had a plan to cook the salmon after office, we should have transferred the fish from the freezer to the normal fridge part. That way, we gave the time for it to defrost and be ready for cooking after office.

2) Since the salmon we got was a big block, I should have listen to Melchor and cut it into 2.. Well, we did that in the mid-part, right? hahaha!

3) I should have poured less oil. Olive oil is not cheap! Haha! So I think I overdid a little. ;)

4) I guess I was a bit excited about having the oil boiling hot before we place the fish! I followed Ever's suggestion, but I think the pan was just easy to get hot, so the time we heated the oil was too long, that's why the pan caught fire when I placed the fish!

5) We should have prepared a cover for the pan! The oil was splashing around, and I'm a bit scared of oil burns! So Melchor took charge and he was the one who actually cook "cook" the fish! Haha!

6) Since we have to do a clean-up after, we should have placed newspaper around the stove. That way the oil around the stove.. hay!! I hate clean-ups! hahah! But I'm good at washing dishes. ;)

7) It's not good to cook during hot days! Haha! Don't take this seriously! Haha!

8) Do this more often! I believe this is a great bonding session with your loved ones. After this dinner, and the whole thing happened in between, I believe this experience is now part of Melchor's future story to our kids! Hahaha! "The time your Mom and I cooked our first fish together!" hahaha!

Our cooking session pictures can be found here: Salmon dinner

In the end, we were satisfied.. we were happy! I believe after all the sweat, the challenges we faced during our cooking session, we end up happy, contented, and I hope we both can do this over and over again!

Slideshow of our pictures! haha! :)

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

all about the Hair

I realized that I have to start and be concern with ageing. Right now, I'm still searching for the right products for my face.. then, I thought I also have to be concern with my hair!

With that, I've been longing to get myself some hair products. I love the Kerastase oleo relax and the smell!! It's so yummy!! Hahaha! I got myself the Bain Satin, and I wasn't too happy with the fragrance. But with Bain Oleo Relax, wow!! I love it!

Anyway, I got myself the shampoo and some masque. I had a hard time choosing as they have a lot of selections.. I was looking for something I can do during Sunday.. and I prefer not to do homemade treatments like my friend, Debstone's doing.

So, I got my orders today:

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got the following: Kerastase Bain Oleo Relax shampoo, Oleo relax masque, Age recharge and Nutridefense. Further description of them can be found at Kerastase website.

I opened the Oleo relax masque and shampoo, and I love the smell! haha! I'm excited for Sunday for my first treatment.. This will now be part of my weekly prettifying!! What color should I first use..? hmmm!! Orange, white or green...?!! Exciting!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

bad colds

I'm having a bad case of colds right now, courtesy of Melchor, who gave me this virus!
In this A(H1N1) popularity period, I practiced a bit of self-quarantine.. haha!
I'm a bit wary of giving out the colds to my officemates.

I already took Bufferin Cold day and night, Delcogen and Neozep.. which were not effective with me already. I still had the running nose this morning!!

Anyway, I got myself new meds now. I took one this morning and another one tonight.
This is the most effective cold medicine I found here in China - Contac NT.
This medicine better work! Haha! I know it will work.. Please... Colds and running nose, go away!!!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Man in the Mirror

We had a small party earlier tonight, for colleague Davey's son, Daryll's 3rd birthday.
It was fun! The food was great! We had spaghetti, ice cream, muffin, roasted chicken..
Then there's the Videoke mic.
You may ask, what is a Videoke? LOL!!!


Videoke is a very popular form of entertainment in the
Philippines. An entertainment in which amateur singers or just anybody who wants
to try singing, sing along with recorded music using a microphone. On video, the
voice of the original singers are removed or muted and the lyrics are displayed
with corresponding moving cursors and changing text colors so that one can
easily follow the song. These serve as a guide to successfully deliver the song.
It can be in a plain TV with an attached player or it can also be a videoke
machine wherein you press the corresponding buttons to enter the number of your
song and then play it.

I saw in the booklet, Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson. Something very hard to pass. It's one of my all-time favorite song, the lyrics so beautiful. I remember listening to my cassette tape during high-school years, just to get the lyrics. Sorry, internet was a very far technology then. hahaha! Indeed, change must start in ourselves.

Anyway, I guess with the good music MJ shared in this lifetime, he will be greatly miss.. Great song, brilliant artist.. here's to MJ!!!

my Jill Stuart blushes

I always love blushes! I believe a pop of color in the cheeks can give you the glow...
I will admit I'm passionate in buying blushes! I prefer to use passionate, rather than obsessed! LOL!
So far, I have 8 Jill Stuart blushes with me. I think I just tried #7, but I hope to use them in my daily regimen! I know! I have 1 face only and put on subtle makeup for office! But they're just so pretty!

I hope to get the 2 other more and the new one (just read from a blog) before the year ends! :)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

back blogging: Bridal shower party

I think I've posted before that my sisters, Erica and Ever planned a bridal shower for me. - My SPA-arty.

Now that I do think about the hectic days and weddings, I can't help but smile and wonder how did my sisters manage to hid the bridal shower from me! haha! And Melchor!! he was an accomplice with this!! To think at that time, I was really fuming mad at him for making plans with his friends, when in fact, I wasn't able to meet my close friends since the time we landed Manila then.

After the My SPA-arty post, my sister Erica told me that the invitation in that post was not the final one. She emailed me the final invitations for my copy here. With that, I'm now posting this as a token for the surprise party which was made for me!


I still think about good ol' days.. hahaha! I know, it's been ages already.
I like to thank my sisters, Erica and Ever for organizing this. I guess, the time then was perfect, since I was a bit stressed-out with the wedding. Also I like to thank my cousins and friends, for coming and celebrating a stress-free night with me! hahaha! Though I still remember the hot paraffin wax you guys made me try that night! It was hot as hell!! LOL!
I still haven't blog some of my suppliers yet, but hey, this is just me! I will do this in my own time.
But it doesn't mean that I'm not thank for them. I had a wonderful wedding day, and I have my heartmost thanks to all my suppliers!
I think deep inside, I still haven't truly let go of the wedding preps and the wedding itself!
Haha! I know it's almost a year already!! But this is just me.. so don't mind my antics! :p

The pictures of the SPA-arty can be found here. A simple slideshow of what happened that evening. I had a "No Melchor" night, I guess, for the last time of this life! hahaha!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

happy trip Girlie!

Today, my friend Girlie will start the adventure of her life!
As much as I wil miss her, I can't help but feel real happy for her.
It's everybody's dream to travel around.. travel places, and the American dream!! Haha!
I just have to post this and really wish her all the fun, exciting!
Hope she enjoy her time, meet people! LOL!!
All the best for my friend, Girlie!!

Happy trip Girlie! Let's update each other every now and then! :)

We'll miss you!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

my fellow wifeys: in addition

I know my previous post may not be too clear, in terms of their stories..
I felt it's not me who must share them in my blog.. haha! :)
that's all.. :)

Shoutouts to both Joy and Gen! Cheers to you!!
Also to Girlie, happy trip to you!! Please update me when you landed the land of the free! haha!
I love to hear your adventures every now and then.. :p

my fellow wifeys

I know I haven't been posting since I came back here.
As you all may know now, blogspot.com is still blocked here in China.

It's not so easy to post and update as before, but I hope to do this more in the coming days.
I miss blogging! So let's blog and blog and blog..

Yesterday, I was able to rekindle with old friends...
I'm not a very clingy person kasi.. I don't need to be with a group every so often..
I'm okay with talking to them for sometime, then have a break after..
Of course, I have some close friends, which I can talk to everyday.. or maybe thru chat..
Just like my friend, Girlie, who'll be going to the US this Sunday for 2 months!!
We kinda lose touch since I came to Shanghai, but after awhile, we can still talk and tackle anything and everything! haha!

So yesterday, June 17, I was chatting with old friends - Joy Co-Lim and Gen Ng-Tiong.
I met both of them from different places.
Joy was my classmate during CKSC Elementary days, I remember our passion with Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High books! LOL! Those were the days.
Gen was our group leader when we went to Taiwan Dynamic Youth. She married fellow group's Ton-Ton Tiong last 2007... Sad to say, I wasn't able to attend their wedding, but I heard it was a blast!

Talking to both of them yesterday, I realized that I may not been really serious with our health.
I mean, okay.. I now eat healthy and all.. I drink lots of water.. I'm aware of my condition.. with polycystic ovarian syndrome.. I drink my medication.. I think about my condition and how I go about it.. I consider myself lucky, to be able to know my condition at this early stage of my marriage; and I have Melchor, who I know will stand by me no matter what.

My friend, Joy, I think gave me more faith and brought me more courage to overcome this period I'm having right now. Her story is the most wonderful and meaningful journey, that can give each and everyone more hope and love. And with her hubby, Erwin, they now have their cute boy, Enzo! Wow!! You can definitely say, what a journey!

And now, with my friend Gen, she shared with me the challenges she faces with her hubby today. With Joy's story, I shared with Gen, there are wonders in this world... Everybody have to be strong and determine to do everything.

To be honest, their stories made me a bit wary and scared. What if I have the same problem, but I wasn't able to know about it, since I'm here in Shanghai... the thought of having to go through what they've been through jolted the brain cells in me.. I was thinking last night, but since I was a bit tired, I got dozed off and just sleep as early as 8:30PM.. haha!

Anyway, I guess I just want to share the thoughts I just had.. haha!
In the end, I know that my friendship with my fellow wifeys will continue.. with the challenges we're facing, I won't say it's close close..? It's in existence.. I don't feel bounded to be with them always, but I know we will always have each other when it's time to talk and share once again.. :)

Thursday, June 04, 2009

our new Toy

It's a bit hassle to update this blog, due to the blockage of blogspot.com here in China.
So, please pardon my lack of posts lately.
I will try my best to get the groove and most some new stuff, happening, updates.. hahah!

Last weekend, Melchor and I got a new toy.
And we tried using it na! We just fuzz about it here in our room.
So you guys may find this 2 pic boring! haha!
Also pardon my naked face! LOL!
I always wash and clean my face before I lay down here in my bed.
So here's my bare face! hahaha! I have some bad skin in my forehead!! Grrr...


Pardon the sleepy eyes, naked face, bad skin!
But it proves the the toy is really nice! Got clear pics!
We just need time to play with it pa! :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

blocked again!!

I'm already here in Shanghai, China.
Melchor and I are now back to our work and daily habit here in Shanghai.
Nothing much changed in our room.. Of course, si Melchor pa! Hahaha!
He loves arranging things.. haha!! But of course, my table counter was still the same as I left them - Full of my prettifying stuff! haha!

Blogspot.com is once again blocked! Cannot read anything with blogspot in my google reader!!
Hmmm... so sad!!

I hope blogspot will once again work out here.. I missed blogging! And I love to journal my dilly dally things I'm doing here.. haha! :) Please.. hope blogspot can be access again here in China!!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

bye Manila again..

Hi.. it's been awhile since I last posted here.
Melchor came to Manila last May 6.
Went to Glorietta May 7 to buy Melchor's polo shirt for his suit.
Visited my Ob on May 8, and went to St. Luke's for some tests.
My cousin Cheska got married last May 9.
Had a relatives dinner last May 10.
Dinner with Melchor's family last May 11.
Went to UST hospital for check-up and finally met and had dinner with my friends May 12.
My Mom's birthday on May 13, we went to Tagaytay and visited the Pink Sisters, to pray and said thank you for my operation.
Had a busy day today, May 14.. but ended the night with a buffet dinner with my Family here at Edsa Shangri-la Hotel.

The last few weeks went on pretty fast.. and I guess I'm feeling sad once again, that I'll be leaving my family again.. Hay...

But I guess I have to just look forward to the time we'll be home again..
I have nothing but love and praise for my Mom.. She had all the goodness in her heart to make me well. Happy Birthday Mama! Love you always! Thank you very much for the 2 months of nurturing me.. Now I have to lose weight na naman! hahaha!

Thank you also to my siblings, Erica and Ever. I hope Eidan will not easily forget me! hahaha!
My aunts, Aibecca and Aibeth, cousins Cheska, Marika, Ivy and Joie.. I enjoyed being with them so much! I guess these are the stuff you really miss about home. hay... *sigh*

So I have to continue to make myself healthy.. live a different lifestyle now.
I have to checkout a good Ob clinic also in Shanghai.

Home will always be home.. Though I'm still in Manila, I'm missing HOME already.. *sigh*

Saturday, April 25, 2009

my Bruises

I have yet to blog my small incisions from the laparoscopic operation I had last week..
It was my first time to be injected with dextrose.. It was injected in my right wrist part.
After the dextrose was removed, there were a lot of surgical tape residues, which I rubbed them off, so they left a dark mark in my right wrist..
After this, I learned that this area was indeed a sensitive part, especially after the dextrose needle. :) but hey, It has lighten a bit now.. :P


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The thing and Parting again..

Aside from visiting Dr. Chiaoling Sua-Lao today, Melchor is scheduled to go back to Shanghai this 8:20PM via Cebu Pacific airlines. Of all days in the week, it was raining hard in the afternoon!!

So my Mom signed us up to meet Dr. Sua-Lao this afternoon. When we arrived at her clinic in Condesa St., her assistants showed us first the video of the operation! I finally got to see the whole 2 hour operation!!! I saw how Dr. Sua-Lao and gang finally peeled out the dermoid cyst. I got to see the cyst! It's not a good looking thing.. and it really made me wonder how can this thing be inside me!!!
Here's the picture of the dermoid cyst.
* Taken from the operation video

My right ovary was checked again for bleeding. The ultrasound showed no more bleeding.
I have to go back to Dr. Sua-Lao again next week Tuesday, to check for follicle monitoring.
We had some talks with Dr. Sua-Lao, then, we're on to bring Melchor to the airport.
Since it rained, with fear of traffic all-over Metro Manila, we finally just went straight-on to the airport. City Hall area was jammed, but luckily, the rain was starting to stop.

We drove Melchor to the airport on time. Phew!!
I guess I once again will count the days till we get together again.. 13 days! hahaha! I have to do a ticker nanaman ah! LOL! I wish it will be May 6 na.. Melchor will be here once again. :)
Melchor @ NAIA3

I'll see you on May 6!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

After April 15

Hi! First off, I like to thank all friends who texted, email, send messages and greetings via YM and Facebook.
I'm now okay and already home.
April 15 is now part of my unforgettable dates. Prior to going to The Medical City, we met a small incident, which made us arrived late at the hospital. hahaha!

We're supposed to be at the Medical City around 10:30AM, but we arrived 1.5hour late.. and with no room yet available for us! It's so weird that with all the hospitals here in Metro Manila, there's still shortage of room accommodations! Thanks to Papa Gan, which advised us to book our room in advance, we were at the waiting list in my preferred floor and preferred room. We chose the Deluxe Room of The Medical City, because of its size and I guess maybe value for money? haha!

The Medical City I can say is one nice hospital around Manila. Though it's really far away from where we lived, I still think it's one of the good hospital. (I think even Erica will agree to this! haha!)

My Mom, Melchor and I arrived TMC past 12nn already. We immediately went to the Admitting section to secure our room. Since my reserved room still being occupied, I was ushered to the Pre Labor Room, to prep me for the operation on that day. I'll be undergoing a laparoscopic cystectomy.
FYI, Laparoscopic cystectomy is:

What is a laparoscopy?

A laparoscopy is a procedure in which your health care provider uses a laparoscope to treat a problem with organs or tissue inside your abdomen. A laparoscope is a thin tube with a light and tiny camera.

When is it used?

This operation may be done to remove a cyst on or in one of your ovaries. The ovaries are the organs that make and store eggs.

Examples of alternatives are:

  • having the cyst drained with a needle (in some cases)
  • having more extensive abdominal surgery
  • choosing not to have treatment.
*Taken from http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/wha/wha_lapovcys_crs.htm
So I was at Pre-Labor room, changed to the TMC Gown, I was being interviewed by the OB-Gyne Resident at the Pre Labor Room.. about my medical history.. I was injected there with dextrose, then the Cleansing Enema.. (yuck..!!), and had a Skin Test for the antibiotics. I don't have my watch with me, Melchor and my Mom was at the waiting area.. in a bit while, an Ob-Gyne Surgery resident fetched me, and wheeled me to the Laparoscopy Operating room! I asked the Resident if things around there pretty much the same as Grey's Anatomy.. So much for Melchor's downloads! haha! The time then was 2:30PM.

The aircon at the OR was freeziing! I asked for a thick blanket then! It was color pink! hahaha! Then, in a bit later, I saw a guy fuzing the monitor, typing the name of Dr. Sua-Lao. Then, a resident checked my skin test, placed on the ECG, BP monitoring, and oxygen level monitoring. Wahh.. Things are starting to get serious!

Then, I saw a guy in Orange scrubs. He's my Anaesthiologist, His name is Dr. Odi. (I think his full name is Dr. Tygran Romeo Odi). He's so much fun!! Hahaha! He asked my previous hospital history, which is NONE! Hahaha! He asked: this is your first surgery..? I said: Yes! And I told me to please make it a good one! Wahahah! He smiled and laughed at me, then told me not to worry!

Then, another lady in orange scrubs came in.. it's Dr. Chiao-Ling Sua-Lao! I saw the time then around 3:05PM. She's really on-time ah! hahaha! :) I'm so relieved to see her! She asked if I had a lot of bowel movement, I said yes, she said good. I was trying to be quiet na.. and just listening how Dr. Sua-Lao and Dr. Odi was chatting.. I think they're good colleague. :)

Then, later, Dr. Odi told me, I'm so lucky to have 2 good surgeons with me: "I got the Laparoscopic God and Laparoscopic Lord" (Sorry, I kinda missed out this part). I have Dr. Sua-Lao with me and her partner, Dr. Luna (I'm still checking out Ob-Gyne Dr. Luna - will update soon).

Dr. Sua-Lao came back, and said, she will first check my tubes.. then in less than 1 minute, Dr. Odi injected me the anaesthesia, then boom, I'm like a TREE LOG na.. :P The time was 3:40PM. I slept throughout the whole ordeal.

I woke up around 7PM, freezing to death! I felt I became a frozen meat, being defrost! I was really freezing!!! I told the nurse, I'm so freezing to death!!! Wahhh!! In awhile, I felt really hungry!! I told the nurse, I'm so hungry.. the nurse told me that I cannot eat pa.. Trying my luck again, I asked for water, as I was so thirsty... I sipped a couple, then, in a bit, I was feeling nauseous and vomitted the water.

Around 10PM, I was transferred to my Room 510. I met the smiles of Melchor, my Mom and Erica. They are all waiting for me.

I was not able to sleep that night. A nurse kept on showing up on me, to check my temperature, get my BP and Pulse rate, check my dextrose - for every hour!!! I was trying to move to left and right that night.. with Erica helping me patting my back, due to some back pain. I felt some pain in my stomach, but I guess with some pain killers, I can tolerate the pain.

The next day, Melchor and my Mom woke up early (around 5:30AM), as they will drive to Manila to buy and cook Lapu-Lapu soup for me. The day went on pretty boring.. Nurses shifted 3x, I can only take in clear soup (because I haven't passed out yet), a lady offering me sponge bath, a guy from billing department to inform Melchor about using the Philhealth, cleaning guy to sanitize the place and the bathroom, my food tray being delivered, a resident checking on me, etc. The nurse removed my catheter around 6AM. I can start to pee by myself. I felt there are a lot of visitors! I can only sleep for a short time in betweens. My Aunt Becca and cousin Ivy came for a visit, and brought a Lapu-Lapu Soup for me! wahh!!! Then around 2:30PM, I got a special visitor, Dr. Chiao Ling Sua-Lao. She checked my wounds, and ask if I had already passed-out, pee by myself and start walking. I told her yes, and She told me that I can be discharged na! hahaha! We had a meet-up on April 22 (tomorrow), then, just informed me my medicine - antiobiotic and pain killer. She also filled-up my philhealth form. Dr. Sua-Lao said I can now go home.

The nurse at that time was Kate, and she was surprised that Dr. Sua-Lao told me I can be discharged na. Also comparing me and some of the other patients having CS and same surgery, they have to stay around 3 days or so, before discharge. But for me, since I can walk, passed-out, move around.. I can now go home. Even Dr. Odi informed the nurses that I can already be discharged.

So, Melchor rushed to our house, to complete my philhealth requirements. My mom got the total bill from billing department.. Melchor came in on time to settle the account, I can now go home!!


I don't know how to end this post! hahaha! I had a great experience with The Medical City. I got the best doctors!! I'm recovering pretty well. My room in TMC was a Deluxe Room. It was nice and spacious.

Things I ate after the operation: Lapu-lapu fish soup, Hot Chocolate, Milo, Ovaltine, Cereal, Quaker oats, Misua.. Fruits like grapes, apples, and drinking a lot of water and grape juice. What else can I share.. hmmm..

I'm very thankful that the operation went well. I'm happy that I have my wonderful family around, and my supportive husband to accompany my ordeal. I said my thank you to God.. and I hope I can do Him proud to new things I'll be doing after this.