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Jan.’s the Time to Plan | Little Prince Moleskine & “Pag-Ibig Lang Yan…” 2014 Planners

It’s only the 3rd day of January, if you didn’t get a 2014 planner last year then for the whole of January it isn’t too late to hunt for a decent planner (that I should actually stick to writing in even after 6 months LOL, you get what I mean).

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Little Prince White & Navy Moleskin 2014 12M Pocket Planner Php 800/900 (National Bookstore and The “Relaks Pag-Ibig Lang Yan Parang Kagat lang ng Langgam” Planner (Php 490.00 available at Bratpack and online via QuirksPH.com )2014 by Witty Will Save the World, Co. (@titawitty on Instagram and Twitter)

Here are the ones I found that appealed to me instantly and they’re both “hand-size” and hardbound.  One is  a limited edition Moleskin and the other is Witty Will Save the World’s most recent Pinoy humorous offering, in the past I blogged about their Tanso Edition Slumbook and someone pretty “sikat” wrote in it.  Click “more” to get a closer look at these planners and jump to the full post.

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2013 Was Ever so Reluctantly Cloud’s Year | Thanks to Fancy Feast & Royal Canin!

Most of you know about my darling cat, Cloud since I randomly post pictures of her, but what you may not know is that last year she got a chunk of brand recognition as well from the country’s top feline food brands.  While she may not seem at all camera or people-shy when I’m shooting lovely  photos of her at home the case is quite the opposite when she’s out in public.  When it comes to the limelight away from home…she’d much rather kiss a dog.

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Undoubtedly an introvert at the Fancy Feast Catcrafternoon event last November.

There’s one thing I’m sure of about Cloud no matter where though, she’s a picky eater and she has tender constitution (a sensitive digestive system).  The first year we had her we fed her the usual cheaper dry kibble (won’t mention the brand) that we feed our fat tabby cats.  Our other cats didn’t have problems with this brand of food.  Cloud, a Himalayan-Persian, after several months ended up with either kidney or liver infections and she puked way too often indicating that the food made her acidic and that it was too high in sodium.  So for awhile I shifted her to soft food, and I fed her Fancy Feast (even before we were recognized by them, which is why I know God cares) in conjunction with other soft food for about 6 months so that her system could recover.  As soon as Cloud sees me holding a Fancy Feast can  she follows me intently, a testament to how much the flavor excites her.  She recovered from an enlarged kidney after eating Fancy Feast for over a month.  Here she’s enjoying her take home gift from the brand after her appearance at their Catcrafternoon event.

cloudfancy_02Fancy Feast is wonderful but once Cloud was well, dry kibble still had to be her staple for easier feeding.  I didn’t want to shift her back to the regular brand of kibble we gave her which was what made her sick.  So without delay I started feeding her Royal Canin Persian30 dry food while still feeding Fancy Feast once in awhile.  Royal Canin Persian30 dry food made her hair grow surprisingly thick and beautiful within a few months, got rid of some balding areas she had on her back and increased her overall health and happiness.  By the way, can you tell?  She loves the taste, too.  She left a heart in her bowl once.

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However, I worried that feeding her Royal Canin for a long time might strain the family budget a little because it’s one of the best pet foods in the country and while it totally improved her it’s pretty pricy.  I asked God for a way so that we could keep feeding her Royal Canin for longer.  Then out of the blue a Royal Canin representative emailed me saying he represented the brand and would like to invite Cloud to their Day of the Cat event at Resorts World.  He had heard about Cloud from his wife who follows me via Instagram or the blog.  He also had no idea if we fed Cloud Royal Canin and was delighted when I said it was one of the food brands that made her well and improved her overall heath.  He said that if we made an appearance with Cloud we’d be going home with 10kg bags of Royal Canin kibble of our choice.  Due to a sudden work commitment on my part for the day my Dad had to bring reluctant Cloud to the Royal Canin event (where she also didn’t want to show her face), he presented her on stage, socialized with other cats (or tried to) and they came home with not one, not two, but…

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…three!  Three free 10kg bags of Royal Canin, each bag about half as tall as me!  Due to tight planning for the event we were given the variant Fit32, we didn’t get Persian30 but we were told we could consume one bag of Fit32 for now, and they’d replace the other two later on with Royal Canin Persian30, her favorite.  Just so you know, this was taken in our living room and I didn’t set it up at all.  This was the next morning, the day after the event.  I found her like this in front of all three bags and I just decided to run and grab my camera to take a shot of an obviously very proud kitty.  Thanks to both Fancy Feast and Royal Canin for showering Cloud with much needed love.  Her tummy thanks you.

Gab V’s Family Holiday Edition Super Selfie Video | Featuring Us, The Pangilinans

I’m convinced that the best Christmas gift any of us Pangilinans ever got last year was having this boy/man/broccoli head home for Christmas.  Gabriel Valenciano, what would we do without you?  Like…NOT dance HAHAHA!  Unknown to many I lived with the “Vees” (Valencianos) during my years in college.  He loved the terror/playmate Ate for who I was and I loved his excitable sweet antics, we loved the PC game Rollercoaster Tycoon and I would fix his theme park landscaping for him.

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Now he’s grown into his own, making waves in Full Sail University, Florida as a music production student…also recently winning top place for Full Sail’s Got Talent competition.  In case you didn’t know, he’s also become a bit (understating) of a YouTube sensation online with his famous super selfie videos being featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, and Goodmorning America even in the selfie with his dad, Gary Valenciano.  This Christmas he came home to be with us and also to do one (or maybe two) more.

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Gab posts 15 second videos on his Instagram account @gabvalenciano and the full length longer ones on his YouTube channel. Now he’s done one major, a Christmas Super Selfie edition video with his mom’s side of the family, us, the Pangilinans :) Watch our family Christmas selfie video directed by Gab Valenciano embedded below or at this link here.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

My Best of 2013 Beauty Picks

Hold on a moment, I need to heave a sigh, my facial cleanser got left on the bed and didn’t make it into the group shot…sigh* will do an insert.  The best facial moisturizer also didn’t make it into the group shot because Mom used all of it up already so that will be an insert, too.  So, ANYWAY, on with it.  I basically realized I needed to do this minutes after a chopping frenzy in the kitchen for New Year’s Eve dinner, and on top of all that, the sun was beginning to set.  Talk about well-planned (not).  Some of these I’ve mentioned and reviewed (the individual review links are in pink) and some I haven’t just yet, so consider so consider those that I haven’t mentioned as quick teasers for upcoming reviews!

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Well VSCO helped me along and a photo with flash didn’t seem too bad of an idea, ITG and NYLON make it work anyway.  I didn’t do “high-end/low-end” equivalents for everything but it’s a smashing good mix I think.  I did not trim it down to a significant number like 10 or 20 (happy cackle), I have about 30+ products in here, and they all function differently.  Note, one or two items are not available locally.  Read more (click “more”) to get to the complete list of my best picks for 2013.  Happy New Year!

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