Welcome Summer!

It is officially summer in my country Philippines!  Sun is always up hitting 40-43 degrees celsius, everyday. Summer time in my country is the most awaited season ( well, we are a tropical country and has two seasons only, dry and wet), sometimes even during summer we would also experience rain showers, ( sometimes typhoon!) But the feelings is so revitalizing when you look at clear skies and you just wanted to seize it!

Most of us would want to hit the beaches during summer ( we have plenty of beautiful and mesmerizing beaches, yes!), the reason  is not always because we wanted to swim, or build sand castles . Some actually would just love to spend their time at the beach while listening to music, or reading a favorite novel, just pure relaxing, day dreaming or simply bay watching and waiting for the sunset.

Whatever are our reasons in going to the beach, it would still be great if we  are prepared ( minus the swimwear, <wink>, or, I’m sorry if you wanted to just read a novel but would like to be wearing bikini it’s fine ‘though, as long as you find it comfy, go on!), again we should be prepared with some beach essentials.

Personally, I go to the beach foremost, is to relax, day-dream and wait for the sunset. Swimming is actually not my first agenda. I just love it being there, lying down,  waiting for the day to end and  feeling the summer breeze.

But before going to the beach I have to prepare what to do and what to bring!

Let’s start from the list here what are the essentials I usually put inside my pouch:

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  1. Sunblock. The advice is to put on sunblock lotion at least an hour before going out to expose your skin in the sun, giving the skin the time to absorb it. Apply evenly onto skin especially those areas that are directly exposed to the sun  ( arms, legs, neck, face). Re-apply after every two hours.
  2.   Face Fluid ( collagen protect). This helps prevent wrinkles from the harmful rays of the sun while being exposed to it. My skin is oily and  very often leaving  my face like a “shining-shimmering” potato that darkens easily.
  3. Face Powder Paper. Especially for my oily skin, this face essential is a must. When my face turns oily , I just dab it with this paper. The unique thing about this, once you dab it onto your face it leaves a powder-finish look that’ll make you look refresh after. No need to powder up!
  4. Compact mirror. Do I need to explain? Lol! Of course sometimes we love to glance ourselves at the mirror to check if we still look glamorous., or when it is already time to dab a powder-paper.
  5. Hydrating Facial Mist.  This is to maintain the freshness and coolness of my face while being expose outside . Our skin needs to be hydrated too to avoid being dull and dry!
  6. Hand Cream. At times we can feel that our hands are dry and needed to moisten -up! (Now you don’t need to panic when someone wanted to shake hands with you)
  7. Hand Sanitizer. Is different from hand cream. Hand sanitizer would keep our hands germs-free ( after shaking a hand, of course I’m kidding). You will need this especially if you accidentally touched an object or something you weren’t sure of!
  8. Hair ties/ Ponytails. When you realized that the wind in the beach is so persistent that your hair keeps covering your face. Jeez! I have a long hair and I would usually love to let it down, but the beach is windy!
  9.  Mint. Candies. To keep a refreshing  breath (when suddenly a cute guy pop-up!)
  10. Body Spray. Usually, we use perfume or body spray when we leave our house, obviously to smell good. So, it isn’t a bad idea at all to splash a body spray to yourself when its time to leave the beach.  Right? <wink>
  11. Lipstick. Not all lipstick can be worn under a sunny weather. So it is ideal to bring a lippie that will not dry your lips but will still make you look good while relaxing, or after sipping a juice drink ( or water!). There are lippies with SPF, better check!
  12. Medicines. Yup, and I meant medicines that I can take when I suddenly felt the need to go to a toilet, or had a slight headache; basically just emergency meds to ease a discomfort (because when symptoms persist , we rush to a doctor… of course I am being funny !)

 There could be some other essentials that were not in the list. The idea is to at least have them with you whenever you had plans of relaxing out in the sun and enjoying the summer heat.  Place them all in a small pouch and I think you are all set!

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{TIP: If you don’t have small bottled items available ( because all your essentials are in big-huge bottles, wow!), there are actually small-refillable bottles sold at Watsons or in other beauty shops. Also, do not throw away small – tin candy containers, you can use them to store useful stuff , or in my case I use them to store my jewelries and meds ( just like in one of the photo above)}

Of course I do not forget to bring my own water. I prefer plain , potable water than juice drink.  I might be just lying down, or sitting down reading a novel,   but  the heat will leave me thirsty and having my own bottled water is more convenient.

My other pouch is where I place my mini-note pad, a pen , ( because I write important notes/new-found words when I’m reading, or sometimes out of nowhere there are words, phrases that pop-up just like that, and I need to scribble them down!) and my purse w/ enough cash  ( because ATMs might not be available).  I usually place my phone  inside a clear pouch so I can just see who texted or who is calling without necessarily touching it! ( sometimes , we battle with the thoughts of whether to switch-off a phone or not, but ended up not switching it off  even if we wanted a relaxing day, but remember, it should not bother our time, either )

Lastly but the most important of all is, I do not forget to bring with me my own sunshine. Out there are many different people , so I have to be ready with my smile and relaxing mood, with a mantra that says ” this is a relaxing day, I will glide with the breeze!”

Have a fun summer!

 

Green-ish

Did you experienced that –one day, you had this sudden impulse of collecting all the things on your working desk  and group them according to colors? I had that yesterday morning.

What triggered actually was when I saw a green caterpillar devouring one of our plants in the garden (luckily it wasn’t one of my cacti !) so I just ” allowed” the poor little thing to enjoy her meal…of leaf! ( I love vegetarians!) ^.^

It was the glowing green color of the caterpillar  that hooked me. Then suddenly I began imagining the metamorphosis of this caterpillar…how come the green pigmentation will transform into different colors! Ah,  the dramatic process of “metamorphosis” yes, maybe one day I will write about it.

Inspired by the green, I thought about collecting all the greens in my room and in my working table–from the lighter hue to the darker ones, and spread them before me. It looks amazing and I was happy about it!

I was happy about discovering how colors actually affects our feelings. And I see them.

My thought exactly? You can just do things in matter of minutes without you actually planning for it. And discover how powerful your thoughts or ideas can be when you put them into action. Discovering how  colors affect  your feelings and how it made you appreciate little things in your surroundings.

You see, I did not bother the caterpillar.

Over Yonder!

” Life shrinks, or expands in proportion to one’s courage”

Journey matters and it isn’t just going into a certain destination, hitting the road  taking snaps  for your IG.  There is always a deeper meaning in it — whether we do it with a loved one or alone. it doesn’t matter.  While it may not always be smooth sailing, nonetheless, the journey will not beMeaningless .  Because you hold the power to redirect your sail…The bottom line is, you are at peace with yourself, and you got to meet people along life’s road that will fill your journey and make it memorable…

( Manicani Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Philippines )

Cacti

I’m curious how do you develop a hobby or interests?

I believe there is no “how to-do-list” formula for this. You too, agree?

I just woke up one day and said to myself, “I’m gonna buy cactus today!” That was only  January of this year. And so I did and tadaaaannn….I’m now a succulents collector!

Believe me I don’t even know that this “specie” is generally called succulent ( jeez). I thought the name sounds like a perfume brand. Forgive me for my ignorance, this wasn’t taught in school or in any of my economics subjects ( lol)

Seriously that’s how I started collecting different kinds of succulents ( yea, I know now, right). I have six varieties to date , ‘though I said I should have at least one of its kind in every month, no pressure at all. But I have six and its only  March!  And I heard there are over 25 families of their kinds! ( omg!)

I don’t need to be a “green-thumbed” to plant or take care of these plants. To be honest I had attempted many times in planting– mints, flowers vegetables even, but I would always end up frustrated. These kind plants doesn’t need much of my  attention or time because cactus need not be watered everyday! They produces water on their own, thus watering them very often will instead  harm them.  They are also an outdoor type of plants although some would like to place them  indoors as ornaments in their living room, kitchen  or working table.

Hey! Not all cactus are succulents, though nearly all cacti are succulents . “In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents or sometimes water storage plants, are plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions.” Wikipedia ( Thank you Wikipedia!)

And I am not really here to talk about cactus’ general aspect of life and existence, but to talk about how I developed my interest of collecting their type (^.^). I know there are plenty of sites out there that deals about “how-to-take-care-succulents”. I know because I am into them too, now that I am loving these collections!

My thought exactly? We can develop a hobby or become interested in some thing without premonitions or anything. We can just feel that certain kind of  “excitement” which becomes fulfilling especially when we realized our capacity to care and give importance to a hobby or to a thing…< wink!>

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Your Perspective

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This picture was indeed a “raw”shot– one random shot , no big deal.  Took this photo in  Eastern Samar, Philippines, on 2014,  from the island of Tubabao while having my afternoon siesta.  Believe me there was nothing  dramatic not even a concept in my mind when I took this photo, except the sun. I am a huge admirer of sun rise and sun set , I would always watch out for its rising and setting , ‘though sun sets most of the time fascinates me because of the  “dusky color mixtures”.

That afternoon, I just thought that the 5pm sunset was doing a dramatic spread across the skies. (Consider yourself lucky whenever you see the artistic hues that the sun provides with the skies as its medium). If you look at this photo the color covers the entire scenery. They blended magnificently!

My thoughts exactly? Nature will prove that no day are alike and the same. It would always be a different  rising and setting, different hues. Yes, the sun always rises and sets, but it would always tell different stories. And it will just be a matter of one’s perspective , of how you will contextualize the “rising”and “setting”in your life, everyday. < wink!>

Tubabao Is., Guiuan ES, Philippines

There’s always a first time…

Yup, and that’s referring to this first post ( c’mon , this is required?) No age required ‘though to be called “a blogger”, no gender, no political beliefs…but, for sure you gotta have some beliefs to exist happily. This blog,uhmm ( me, a blogger now?) will simply look like a journal of almost every legit, valid, sane (or otherwise) things that a human does and can do everyday. Outdoor or not, this will surely bear stories that are not-so-melodramatic , not boring , acceptable ( and edible to digest ^.^) and definitely no lengthy articles ( laughs and wink) This will surely be interesting!

Welcome me! < virtual hugs>