14 July, 2012

treadmill or stationary bike

I gained unwanted pounds during my more than a month stay in the province last summer break. I'm planning to buy a treadmill or a stationary bike but I have to remove some bulky furniture in the house. A treadmill needs more space than a stationary bike so my choice at the moment is leaning more on the bike. I’m still thinking about it though so the bike is not a sure winner yet.


I’m just glad that I don’t have to decide on accessories, unlike if I buy a mountain or racer bike I still have to decide on what helmet to buy. I can imagine the added stress it would have caused me.

I really, really need to lose weight already. Can anyone help me decide. treadmill or stationary bike?

iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy SIII

I'm in a dilemma. I can't decide whether to get an iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy SIII postpaid unlimited mobile surfing plan. I have an iPod Touch which is not even a year old but I now need 3G, to be able to work when I'm out of the house, hence my smartphone dilemma.


Both has built-in 8 megapixel camera.

But an iPhone 4S can't be upgraded to larger memory. Unlike the Samsung SIII which can be upgraded to 32GB by inserting a micro sd memory card.

But on the other hand, 4S has Siri.

Really confused what phone I should get. Both are as expensive as gold coins, so I have to think long and hard what really is the best smartphone for me.

13 July, 2012

toothbrush your face?

I've been using St. Ives products for years. I'm a big fan of Apricot Scrub and I also use St Ives' Micro Dermabrasion. While browsing online, I found out that the face scrub can also be used with this particular "gadget" to remove more dead skin cells on our face.

This gadget is... drum roll please! Tada! An electric toothbrush.

Yes, a toothbrush can be used, not just on our teeth but on our face as well. A regular toothbrush will do actually. The video that I saw online, a Michelle Phan video, advised on using an electric toothbrush. I found a rounded brush while grocery shopping and that's what I use instead of an electric toothbrush.

Here's the Michelle Phan video.

Try it and instantly see the difference on your face.

A Good Person Named Dolphy

I thought I knew a lot about my Papa's childhood, not until Dolphy was hospitalized a few weeks back. For the benefit of those who doesn't know who Dolphy is, he is the King of Comedy in the Philippines.

My Papa actually looked worried when he asked, two Saturdays ago if I'm not mistaken, if the morning breaking news that we're watching was about Dolphy. He then told us his personal experience of how good a person Dolphy was. And Fernando Poe as well.

When he was in high school, him, his brothers and my Lolo lived in the city of Manila. Their place was just across the street, or was it beside?, the place where Dolphy, Fernando Poe and other big stars at that time rehearse (fight scenes, drama scenes etc) for their movies.

My dad apparently worked as a cigarette boy at night, first time I heard of him working while still at school, to save for his next day's school allowance. Dolphy always buy something from him, cigarette or candies, but doesn't get what he bought so my Papa can still sell it to someone else. “Here Lito, sell these candies again (or whatever he bought) so you’ll have more allowance.”


Based on my Papa’s story, those talks on television after Dolphy’s death, that he helped a lot of people and him being a good person, were actually true.

I want to buy a Dolphy memorabilia shirt for my Papa . I hope I can find some custom t-shirts online, like those being sold at Heritage Park.

How rude can you get

So I gained a few pounds during our one month vacation in the province. Yes, only a blind person would not notice that I did put on some weight. But my clothes still fit me well and I don't need plus size dresses yet. Some people though can be so rude! Funny thing is, they don't even realize that they've done something very rude already.

The bus mother from my son's previous school service said, "Ma'am, you're so fat!" She could have "lighten the blow" by saying, "Did you gain weight Ma'am?" I so wanted to tell her, "This is better. At least I don't look sick and ugly like some people I know." She's very thin and looks like she hasn't eaten in months. But I didn't say that of course, I instead said, "Yes, I ate a lot during my vacation in the province during school break."

weight gain

She was so different from a friend who was even hesitant to admit that I gained weight when I blurted out one time we were talking, "I got fat during the summer break." She just nodded her head with a shy smile.
You can tell what group in the society a person belongs to with the words that comes out of one's mouth.

Trying to lose weight?

Try apple cider vinegar. I first heard about it at Female Network's Girl Talk forum. The girls' swear that this vinegar does wonders to their face. I wanted to try it but got fearful that it might burn my face.

Then my aunt told my sister to use apple cider vinegar to lose weight. Everyone in her office takes a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with a teaspoon of water in the morning. Apparently the said vinegar, aside from weight loss, is very beneficial to our health.

Braggs apple cider vinegar

Since I want to lose some extra pounds, I researched about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Vinegar (and other acidic liquids) have long been proposed as agents to enable weight loss, one proposed mechanism is that it prolongs the sensation of satiety after eating. A 2009 study on mice showed that consuming acetic acid (the active component in ACV), upregulates the expression of genes for fatty acid oxidation enzymes in the liver causing a suppression in body fat accumulation. ~Wikipedia
Will try and see if it will work for me.
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