So here it is! Pardon the iPad quality…not as cinematic but still fun. Whew. We’ll be back to regular high-res programming as soon as I have a new laptop. Watch the embedded video at the bottom, or click this link to watch and choose HD setting via the wheel button.
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I’m here…alive and well, folks, and I have a ton of undone things. My brother and I just had to do the round of “living together” elsewhere in the city and get ourselves sorted, currently stretched between two places: the parental home, and the home away from home. In case you also wondered I am laptop-less at the moment…this is an iPad. It’s a miracle we finally got wifi installed…spotty broadband connection but fast when it’s not spotty. It’ll do. But that’s not this…I’m in the south again and I currently have a sponsored post draft that’s overdue (cued excessive honesty, I do take a sponsored post every once in awhile when I like what is presented to help the blog pay for its hosting) but I’m not done with it yet. I prayed to get in the right headspace and to ask for help on it but the Lord impressed “It’s been awhile, blog from the heart first, the rest shall follow.” There’s stuff that’s been braising in my heart but I wasn’t sure whether I should serve it up for fear of stepping on a couple of toes, appearing self-righteous but I figured part of love is upholding your held-dear real nuggets while not being bland. Sorry, not sorry, I’d rather try and be salty.
Mom brought me home something from New York City that as a tasty reminder helped resurface the desire to reflect about certain things openly and while the desire to remain politically correct about my faith and not talk about it won for a long while it finally lost to the revelation in my heart…love is not always politically correct. Politically correct lover, anyone? Yawn? I realized quite simply that the politically correct gives up sometimes so nothing scandalous is stirred, but the Cross is a scandal of grace. However, as Heneral Luna so bloodily proved…sometimes politics sucks but love never gives up, so love wins…even in death one can be an unconquerable soul. Here was what Mom brought me from abroad, Silly Salt. It made me think ever so sharply about Christianity, the word people ever so reluctantly use now…it’s like to some the politicized word has leprosy, they wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole thanks to a number of its countless ambassadors. Sadly, they don’t see it contains the Name that heals. So rather than be the salt of the earth we discard ourselves in thought “Silly salt.” None of us are perfect but a lot of us would rather play life hooky than aim for on high and look…silly.
To serve my braised heart up plain won’t do…it needs to be Salty for you to take it. I’d like to address my Christian beloveds who feel (or don’t feel) they may have lost their saltiness or are running from who they ought to be according to the Bible, which contains that we believe are the words of Jesus. I have Muslim friends who I love dearly and I respect them, they do not eat pork, pray 5 times a day, and have a completely different belief system. Here’s the thing, why does the World bully a Christian to apologize for what he believes? That irritates me no end, do we not love Christ or aim to with all our mind, heart, and soul? Would any of us directly question a Muslim friend who doesn’t eat pork or worse…dare them to? No, of course not, why? Because the world knows that their people are prepared to be politically incorrect to defend their faith. How about those who uphold the banner of Christ? We hear the “dares” to bend for what we would otherwise not do, say those words, we’d rather just do it or laugh, move on, and change the topic and look congenial than express silent offense or speak up and cause noses to bleed. Fools for Christ are dwindling.
I told someone recently that just because in several occasions you might have been wrongly bashed with the Bible it doesn’t make it any less powerful. It shouldn’t deter you from picking it up daily to fight or to listen to what our beloved Jesus has for us today.
“11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
A lightbulb went on in my heart on this matter. A huge problem is we keep looking at other people’s test papers when what really matters is right in front of us…our own. We keep talking about why someone does this or that when we ought to think of what we are saying. Live your life the way He wants you to live…not counting how mere mortals expect you to just bring it. None of us are perfect, but we have a Perfect Example to follow. I thought a great deal about parents, too. The parents who manage to succeed in raising well-adjusted adults have always made sure to put forth an EXAMPLE before an EXPECTATION, it doesn’t work the other way around.
To those who bully Christians (other Christians included) for trying to be holy on our Spiritual fitness journey just remember, in the gym you see the fumbling newbie before a Spartan. Cut someone trying some slack.… To full post & COMMENTS...
“What I like about getting my feet filed is they feel like butter afterwards.” A good guy friend of mine said that a couple of months ago. Had I known at that time about this handy Express Pedi device by SCHOLL I would have recommended it to him. It could save him so much money if all he wants from a foot spa is a quick and easy way to keep his feet smooth. My personal at home manicure and foot spa system wouldn’t be complete without my SCHOLL Velvet Smooth Express Pedi. The manicure kit is my own, a random gift given to me by Dad a couple of years back.
• PRICE: Device w/ 1 fitted rollerhead Php1685 (4x AA batteries included, good deal), rollerhead refills 2x Php550
• Specially-designed Micralumina roller head for effective yet gentle removal of hard skin
• Ergonomically shaped soft-touch handle
• At least 80% savings vs. going for foot spa sessions
- Available at selected Watsons outlets
Cleaning after use: The Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File is not waterproof. Detach and wash the roller head to clean the surface.
1. Turn the unit off.
2. Remove the roller from the unit by pressing the eject button on the side of the unit and gently pulling the roller away from the unit.
3. Rinse the roller head under the tap.
4. Clean the body of the unit with a clean damp cloth.
5. Dry both the roller head and main unit with a clean dry cloth.
6. Replace the roller and the protective cover.
To turn it on twist the neck of the device to the left. The spinning motor on the specially-designed Micralumina roller head for effective yet gentle removal of hard skin, roller head is strong even if only powered by 4 AA batteries (included with device).
With feet that are almost baby smooth after the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi device buffs away rough edges on dry skin there’s no need to worry when you want to wear your favorite pair of sandals on a night out. You get beautiful smooth skin after one use. Following a filing session with your own Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi device finishing with cream or moisturizer is recommended.
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• Electronic Foot File: P1685 (batteries included)
• Refill: P550 (2 replacement roller heads)
• Available at selected Watsons outlets
*DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post selected with care in association with Scholl Philippines. Bless My Bag will not endorse a product the author does not genuinely like.
Lately, it seems I’ve been getting my oil game on and I’m posting today about this particular product because I really like it even if I’ve only used it once. L’Occitane’s soothing scalp oil is not JUST another hair oil…it’s a pre-shampoo conditioning hair oil that soaks and soothes the scalp and it rinses out wonderfully. Highlighting the difference of conditioning pre-shampoo is what I shall do shortly.
“Designed for dry to sensitive scalp, this pre-shampoo treatment combines soothing calendula extract with a 5 essential oil anti-breakage complex to comfort the scalp and help reduce feelings of tightness and discomfort. Rich in sweet almond, jojoba and grapeseed oils, it hydrates the scalp without leaving a greasy residue.”
INGREDIENTS: HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL** – ISOPROPYL PALMITATE – PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL** – DICAPRYLYL ETHER** – SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL* – VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL** – PEG-40 SORBITAN PEROLEATE – CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT** – CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) OIL** – LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL** – PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS FLOWER OIL** – CANANGA ODORATA FLOWER OIL** – ANGELICA ARCHANGELICA ROOT OIL** – ANGELICA ARCHANGELICA SEED OIL** – LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL** – TOCOPHEROL** – PARFUM/FRAGRANCE.
*Ingredient from Organic Farming.
**Natural origin ingredients.
Available for Php2100 at RUSTAN’s beauty source and L’Occitane Central Square BGC
The way it works is you apply drippings of this at the very roots of your hair on your scalp before you shampoo your hair, not after. No need to pour tons of it…the dropper does a good job and the oil blend itself is easy to spread even with small amounts. The first part of the experience is the soothing soak that the oil imparts to the scalp. Give yourself a good massage as well while you’re in this stage. Between the end of summer and the arrival of the -Ber months I often get flaky and itchy. My scalp just doesn’t appreciate the shift in climate so this product was a welcome relief.
The added delight after you condition is the rinse. You would think an oil product would go against you in matters of rinsing…but this lovely lavender scented product works with you and emulsifies, allowing you to rinse cleanly while leaving behind soft shine and nourishing hydration. What’s nice about conditioning prior to shampooing with an oil is 1. It feels Royal and 2. the scalp benefits from a proper rinse but an oil conditions more deeply so whatever is left behind ought to be beneficial.
On the life update I have filmed a new video (a first impressions one) but my brother and I are pretty much on the last leg of our move to Quezon City, and I still do not have a functioning laptop of my own. We haven’t had our first night over at our new place because there’s that last push of stuff we need to have with us and my brother got sick. We’re not moving into a “shiny new” condo. Together with my mother’s support we had refurbished an initially slightly shabby, long-unused but well-suited space.
Sorry, for now this is the only photo I’ve taken from inside of our little urban corner…proving how to-and-fro it’s been this entire week. Free range large premium, brown, and salted eggs for real. Copper sprayed basket from H&M Home (I figure I could have actually DIYed this…but I was gifted an H&M debit card, the end LOL).
A friend’s carpenter did a great job on making it new-ish and listened to me well. Two small rooms joined by a central dining and kitchen area that has no sink of its own nor a bathroom of its own. We will have to share a common bathroom with the boarders, or use our cousin’s once in awhile. It’s pretty much a cozy dorm-like situation and we are grateful for the fact that the rooms we are renting are care of family. So despite the fact that there are unknown boarders on site, we know we are loved and safe and we like the challenge of making a small unexpected space look cozy and modern without breaking the bank on new furniture and stuff (post on that soon). So, here I am propped up on my bed with my cat for what could almost be my last regular night in leafy Laguna paradise. … To full post & COMMENTS...
It took awhile but it got here…with love and a bit of London thrown in.
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Barry M Speedy Nail Paint “EAT MY DUST” http://blessmybag.com/2015/09/14/the-…
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Ultra Liquid Foundation #Y245 (120)
TOP SHOP Matte Lipsticks “Beguiled” and “Rio Rio”
SOAP AND GLORY Clean on Me Shower Gel
SOAP AND GLORY Righteous Butter Body Lotion
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
PAPERCHASE Ice Cream Nail Files
PAPERCHASE Two Thousand And Sixteen year planner
MAKEOVER Lipliner in Natural
Za Plumper Lips lipstick Innocent rose http://blessmybag.com/2013/08/17/za-p…
H&M handbag powder beige Php1600 H&M Makati
WHAT I’M WEARING:
H&M cotton jumpsuit
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD ULTRA foundation
Clinique Airbrush Pen Concealer
FS (Fanny Serrano) Cake Powder Foundation “Mocha” (to set)
Topshop matte bronzer in “Mohawk”
Brows: Tony Moly 7 day Tattoo for brows x Maybelline Full N Soft Mascara to lightly groom and texturize
Lashes:Maybelline Full N Soft Waterproof Mascara (U.S.,from roots) x Etude House Curl Fix (on tips only)
Makeover lipliner in NATURAL
Za Plumper Lips in Innocent Rose