This is Us against the Odds (Pag-ibig na Pangmatagalan)

Monday, July 16


Life has all its twists and turns and sure to attest to that is the trials we encounter in each of our relationships especially with our beloved someone, I had my own fare share and though ours was definitely not perfect we managed to get through the lowest parts of time that we were together the things and problems we get through with having each other.


  US during our first month together


The story begun last 2011, when I had just resigned from my full time job to venture other seas looking for greater opportunities but turns out to be a failure and a waste of time and money on my part and his as well, that time I moved from our house to live alone as a boarder in Colon, Cebu. I wasn’t able to cope up with my new job then due to the working schedule (graveyard it is) that easily my immune system had dropped. 

Worst part is, a few weeks after I returned home after my resignation since my body was badly affected, he also lost his job. He was a project-based employee and under an agency based in Makati. It was hard. Definitely being both the eldest in each of our families.
The usual hangouts and dates, movies, dinner were put off and set aside and we would find ourselves staying just about at home at texting each other. Priorities changed. Fun was still there since we had each other through it all. I opted to make money out of my last pay and turned a little online business alive. I found myself selling pre-owned items on the internet specifically through my facebook account you can also view my post of my online venture here.


our online venture logo and name

While we were busy looking for full time jobs, we busied ourselves roaming around Ukay Ukay Shops in town. He was with me all the way though he had to travel a 30 minute ride from Parian Cebu to our home in Mandaue, Cebu. I enjoyed myself knowing I could still make money online. We would wash the Ukay Ukay items (pre-owned blouses and Clothes) before we sold them to our customers. I made sure it smells good and ready to use upon purchase during my meet-ups with prospect customers. We were glad that Tide came handy for us with Downy we achieved a better smelling product ready to be sold. Now, even more than that here comes for us the Tide with Downy product with which we could greatly use for our pre-owned clothes business.

Right then and there, my money quickly slept away since I had to send two siblings to a state college and had to provide for their daily allowances. The search for that coveted full time job continued for the both of us. Then, I eventually got hired by an American Company based here in Cebu. I was excited, we were excited and he was there always ready to support after almost two months of being jobless finally I now have a job. though he was still - searching.

Since the day came to us, I was endorsed for Physical Exam as a job requirement. At first, I was in doubt to take the X Ray examination. Yeah, I doubt I was pregnant since I haven't had my monthly visit since November. Come December, still no signs. I told him I had to test just to confirm if I really was expecting.

At 3 am that next day, I woke up with the kit in my hand and quickly did the pregnancy test. Surprised!

It showed - two lines! Which means, we were having a baby. I was two months pregnant already. I called him and when he found about it, he had to digest everything it was clear in his voice, he was not ready but his love for me and my baby won every fear he had. He had no job yet. It was like, what-are-we-going-to-do state for us. Mixed emotions.

The set up we had isn't easy at all. He had to come every night to visit me at home while I work full time. By February, he got hired. We were happy and finally he was too. Relieved that now he can raise us his family-to-be. We had troubled days, crying nights, those arguments along my pregnancy, that adjustment stage seemed unbearable for the both of us. We were expecting a baby out of wed luck and it wasn't easy for me and him as well. We couldn't live together due to these circumstances. Came Friday night, he would stay at home with me and sleep at home just so we could bond as I was pregnant. Every Saturday morning, he would help me with my Laundry. He would eagerly help me especially with the bedsheets, those huge bedsheets, I know I couldn't lift them with the baby bump plus the additional weight it had on me. Our typical weekend together having fun doing the laundry. 



my father and sister and him during his visits at home

Now, I am on my due. About to deliver our sweet little baby boy coming end of July or first week of August. I can say that amidst all the things we were in, we stayed stronger and forever grateful that the Lord God hasn't left us without nothing. He was our guidance and that sweet little angel as our inspiration to go along. 

me during my baby shower taken last July 6, 2012

Attest to everything we've been through is Tide and Downy which helped us get along the tough times. You may watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UByYVB4glg from Tide with Downy along with all the love stories depicting ("Pag-ibig na Pangmatagalan").

Tide with Downy Bangong Padala video entitled “Pag-ibig na Pangmatagalan”

Share the love. A love that is lasting and enduring amidst hindrances.


 Till then,

REPOST: 5 ways to look your best while preggy

This is a cool post for mom-to-bes like me to read.. :)

You’ve heard so much about this so-called “pregnancy glow” but why isn’t it happening to you?

First of all, this “glow” is purely hormonal and the result of an increased flow of blood to the vessels and even oil secretions on your face.

Secondly, it’s hard to hide the unease you feel about your body—hormones going haywire, your body adjusting to the new life it’s nurturing.

Instead of worrying too much about your ever-changing body, here are a few ways to feel beautiful during the 9-month wait.

1. Don’t become a couch potato.
Being pregnant seems like a good excuse to stay in bed all day and stop exercising. But women who are feeling bloated or experiencing morning sickness benefit from light physical activity throughout the pregnancy.  Try walking around your neighborhood, light stretching and pre-natal yoga.

Also, don’t see pregnancy as a license for excessive weight gain. According to WebMD, “In general, you should gain about 2 to 4 pounds during your first three months of pregnancy and 1 pound a week for the remainder of your pregnancy.”

Packing on too many pounds mean the weight will be harder to get rid of when you have your baby.

2. Visit the salon.
There was a time when pregnant women were not allowed for any reason to dye their hair or paint their nails. Nowadays, there are salon products that are chemical-free and said to be safe for expectant mothers. Certain nail polish brands and plant-based hair dyes now have preggos rejoicing. Before you get too excited though, it is still advisable to get the go signal from your doctor first.

3. Go make-up shopping.
What better way to feel pretty than to play with make-up! Try out a new lipstick shade that is out of the ordinary for you, or buy that facial highlighter you’ve wanted to push that preggy glow even further. After you’ve had your fun, you can always wash it off.

4. Treat yourself to a massage.
Thank your lucky stars that pre-natal massages exist nowadays! Many salons now offer this service to sooth the aching bodies of expectant mothers, so take advantage of it. A great massage can do wonders for your physical aches and your worries.

5. Fix the nursery.
Being hands-on with fixing your baby’s future room can help you relax and definitely get you excited about the little bubba’s arrival. The best beauty secret for pregnant women is happiness—and this activity will definitely put a smile on your face!

REVIEW: Skin So Soft Whitening and Firming Hand and Body Lotion

Thursday, July 12

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Avon has been known for its all time lotion favorites ever since it landed the Philippines and for more than 30 years had captured the hearts of many women of all ages.
I’ve been an avid lotion fan since then way back in high school and I must say I tend to get in touched with it on a daily basis.

The first time I got a grab on lotions was when I just turned 11 as far as I remember but ravaged the thought of having to use it again on my skin because of the greasy feel it has on me.

Now that I am 20-ish I can say lotions have greatly revolutionized and have even offered great variants around the market for the consumers to choose from thus, the cause of this blog post.

I personally love AVON’s SSS (Skin So Soft) array of lotions. Ultra Moisturizing Lotion, Intensive Whitening Lotion and the Whitening and Firming Lotion are amongst the ones I’ve tried. All were good that one can’t get enough of ordering as soon as one bottle got emptied, believe me I’m a self-confessed AVON Dealer/User. 

Here is my review on AVON’s SSS Whitening and Firming HBL


AVON PRODUCT CAPTION: Get Silky, sensual skin that tempts your loved ones to touch.

PROS: Non-greasy, moisturizing hand and body lotion, has the firming effect as soon as applied, whitening can be observed on frequency of use though, leaves the skin soft and smooth to feel and touch. Smells good and is soft and sensual. 



CONS: None.

TO USE: Apply generous amount to hands and body. Massage In circular motion onto skin until dry.

NOTES:  Item can be bought on AVON direct dealers or stores only. This lotion contains ingredients known to whiten the skin and improve skin’s firmness. With regular use, skin appears toned and looking radiant.

AVON SSS HBL comes in four variants:

  •                       Signature Silk Ultra Moisturization Lotion
  •                  Soft and White Intensive Whitening Lotion
  •                Soft and Sensual Whitening and Firming Lotion
  •                Signature Silk Replenishing Body Lotion

RECOMMENDED? Definitely Yes.

Come and get your own. 


Til Then,



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