Monday, November 30, 2020

‘Be Still’ Gospel Album now streaming on YouTube, Spotify and Soundcloud

A song that was created for someone who was going through a difficult time in life has now evolved into something that anyone who has been through tough times can relate to. Whenever we encounter problems or hardships, the tendency is to either fight or fly. This song however tells us to do the opposite: Be Still.

Be Still is a praise album created by Maria Chew along with some of her closest friends. It differs from other praise albums in the sense that each song has its own story to tell and is aged through time.

The Creation

The sound of each song is an expression of how unique God’s creativity flows through every individual. Some chords are unpredictable, some will surprise you, and the creators mostly used 7th & 9 chords in their music. Paired with the unique arrangements by Eric Pablo, this resulted in ensuring that every song is a different experience.

Creating this album for Maria has been a lifelong dream but as with anything worth doing, there were hardships and challenges, the main one being that of scheduling. In God’s perfect time, despite the fact that the creator, singers, and arranger live in different countries, things started to fall into place and in one day, the singers, the recording studio, the sound engineer and everyone’s schedule all matched. 

The Singers

The singer for “Be Still” which is the song cover is Jenny Pagalilauan. Maria and Jenny used to be bandmates but lost track of each other and then reunited with the help of Facebook. Jenny was the perfect choice because she has a strong solid mature voice, especially when reaching high notes. She sings 3 more songs in the album: “Fullness of Joy,” “Wonderful Savior”, and “Lord of My Life”.

Faith Purificacion sings “Touch My Heart” which is a creation of Pastor Eric as well as “He Restores My Soul” which is a collaboration between Maria and her eldest daughter.

The only male singer in this album is Zaldy Reblora. He is from the music ministry of the church that Maria used to attend to and his voice is perfect for duets as well as “I Pray in Jesus’ Name” which is a song that was composed 20 years ago.

The Cover Song

“Be Still,” is very applicable in today’s predicament, and in any situation, people may have. When we are stressed, when we have no peace, when we don’t know what to do, just be still, and seek God. He will give us peace that passes all understanding. Trust in Him because He cares for you. And even when we are happy, be still and meditate on the goodness of God in your life.

This is why the song was chosen. In this day and age where everyone is in a hurry to post, like, share, comment, and just get on with things, it is important to remember that we need to be still and stay still. This is the only way we can communicate with God and hear His message for us. Be still.

Listen to the song “Be Still” through SoundCloud, YouTube, Amazon Music, Apple Music/iTunes, Spotify, and also on other digital stores worldwide.

To listen to the song, click the link here:

Be Still (Track #5 of the album "Be Still") - YouTube 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Review of Cabanatuan Premium Longganisa

Anyone who knows me knows that I love longganisa. It is one of the staple Pinoy food that I enjoy eating. I'm okay having it for breakfast, merienda, lunch, or dinner. It's literally one of the food that I can have at any time of the day. 

However, deep-frying the longganisa all the time can take a toll. It becomes too oily, it's not healthy, and it's the same thing over and over again.  

I decided it was time to think of a way to enjoy my all time favorite in a new manner. My brother who is a chef recommended turning it into a healthier meal, the Cabanatuan Premium Longganisa Fresh Spring Roll. 

We stir-fried the Cabanatuan Premium Longganisa. We combined the spicy variant with the hamonado for that added kick and to complement the freshness of the meal. 

Then we wrapped everything up and ended up with this delicious, filling, yet healthy meal.

I love how we were able to turn things around for this all time classic. Instead of simply deep frying, it has now become something truly healthy yet delicious. I know that I can eat this every single day and not get sick of it. It's that good and with Cabanatuan Premium Longganisa, it just got better. 

They have four variants of Cabanatuan Skinless Longganisa:

- Garlic

- Sweet Garlic

- Hamonado

- Spicy is a whole new marketplace of premium products from different provinces and regions. sources all of their products straight from it's place of origin.. They use only the highest quality ingredients. No preservatives, and no fillers or extenders. More meat than fat. also offers budding entrepreneurs to be part of their growing family which can be done in two ways:  become a Dealer or a Reseller.

Dealers' Price is at P7000 with product inclusions of your choice (depending on the availability). You will be provided with a tarp that can help boost your business. While a reseller, for only P4000 will also be given products of your choice, and together with the Dealer will be given free deliveries of your goods upon ordering and replenishments of your supplies. The lowest price can offer resellers is for P1500. 

To know more about the products or how to be a reseller/dealer, contact:

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Instagram: @sarisariph.premium 

ONE Championship Announces Two December Events


The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), today announced ONE: BIG BANG on 4 December and ONE: COLLISION COURSE on 18 December. The two events will be broadcast live from Singapore Indoor Stadium. 

Both events continue ONE Championship’s partnership with the Singapore government to pilot the return of live international sports productions, and will continue to offer 250 special in-person “Superfan” ticket packages priced at $188 SGD each, which come with premium socially distanced seating and exclusive ONE merchandise worth over $80 SGD (total value at more than $268 SGD). Patrons are required to undergo the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) on event day and produce a valid negative ART certificate to qualify for admission. This exclusive limited offering can be purchased now until tickets sell out at

Full cards for the two live events feature the following bouts: 

Reigning ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Champion Roman Kryklia of the Ukraine defends his World Title against Murat “The Butcher” Aygun of Turkey and the Netherlands.

#3-ranked featherweight contender Koyomi Matsushima of Japan takes on undefeated #5-ranked featherweight contender Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon of the United States.

Armenian-Belgian kickboxer Marat Grigorian and Russia’s Ivan Kondratev make their ONE Super Series debuts in a featherweight kickboxing bout.

#3-ranked flyweight contender and former ONE World Champion Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov of Kazakhstan locks horns with #2-ranked flyweight contender Danny “The King” Kingad of the Philippines.

Iranian heavyweight Amir Aliakbari makes his highly-anticipated ONE debut against undefeated Russian Islam Abasov.

Rising star Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat returns to action against the Philippines’ Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres

Reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion and a legend of Thailand, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, takes on #2-ranked contender and ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament winner Rodlek PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym, also of Thailand.

Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov of Russia welcomes undefeated lightweight Lowen Tynanes of the United States back to the ONE Circle.

Veteran Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev of Russia squares off with rising star Troy Worthen of the United States.

Former ONE World Title challenger Amir Khan of Singapore returns to face ONE Warrior Series contract winner "Crazy Dog" Dae Sung Park of South Korea.

Kun Khmer striking stylist Chan Rothana of Cambodia locks horns with Xie Wei of China.

Combat Sambo World Champion Raimond Magomedaliev of Russia battles with undefeated Edson “Panico” Marques of Brazil.

Review of Lola Remedios

Truth be told, I am one of the few who has never ever tried Lola Remedios. I kept hearing about them from people around as well as radio commercials but I have never tried one. I did have a good impression about it because people seem to always mention it on a good note. 

Thankfully, I finally got the chance to try it out myself. 

Lola Remedios is an all-natural, ready-to-drink food supplement. Ideally, you should only have 1-3 sachets a day and this can be taken with or without food. Just be sure that you are not allergic to menthol flavors because this packs a lot of menthols. 

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, don't drink this unless approved by your OB-GYN. 

Made with mint, honey, ginger, clove, fennel, peppermint oil, Indian screw, palm sugar, sucrose, and water, the drink has gained popularity in recent years for being a supposed cure-all for everything from coughs and fever to colds. 

A product originally from Indonesia, Lola Remedios is also supposed to "increase energy levels, reduce fatigue, relieve body pains and aches in the mouth, ease allergies, improve digestion, and relieve stomach discomforts." This is why so many people think of it as some kind of miracle cure.

I've tried this out for some back pain and I have to say that the taste is great though I may be biased since I love menthol. It didn't have an immediate effect on me but I did feel relaxed after an hour or so. 

I'm definitely making Lola Remedios a part of our household from now on. I may not have known about them before but I'm definitely keeping them in my life from now on. 

Pre-order your Huawei GT2 Pro on Shopee from November 20-27

If you're still looking for the perfect gift for yourself or a special love one, look no further than the  HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro which you can buy from their official Huawei Store on Shopee

The Huawei comes in a box with 1 watch, 1 charging cable, and 1 charging cradle. Made of premium materials (Sapphire surface, Titanium body, Ceramic rear case), this smartwatch is perfect for 
professional outdoor workouts (Skiing, Golf, Route back, Sunrise & sunset, Tide times, Moon phase, Bad weather alerts) as well as health monitoring (SpO2 ,TruSleepTM/Stress Test, Activity record.)

What makes this smartwatch even better is that it has a 2-week battery life, it's waterproof, 4GB ROM, 32MB RAM, has Bluetooth, and it even has 100+ workout modes. 

If you buy this via Shopee, it even comes with FREE SHIPPING. 

Make sure to download the Shopee App via Google Play or Play Store so that you can catch this awesome deal and reward yourself or someone you love. 

TECNO Spark 6 Series - A smartphone for the masses

Recognizing the evolving need for high-performing, multi-tasking, and affordable smartphones during these challenging times, global premier mobile phone brand TECNO Mobile has launched its latest innovation, the TECNO Spark 6 Series.

The TECNO Spark 6 Series is smartly designed for work and play and is competitively priced to give locals the best value for their hard-earned money. Price ranges from PhP3,990 to PhP6,490. The Spark 6 Series is packed with six upgraded features - a unique camera system designed to elevate photographic immersion to the next level, a bigger screen, more generous memory and storage, boosted processing speed, enhanced video call experience, and a fun Bluetooth audio share feature.

The Spark 6 Series comes in three (3) amazing variants – Spark 6 4GB RAM+128GB, and Spark 6 Go in 4GB RAM +64GB and 2GB RAM+32GB. These all have a high performing, impressive battery life, and a sleek, simple yet bold design. The Spark 6 Go variant was the first to be released this November and is available in all TECNO Mobile partner retail stores.

Here are some of the features packed into the powerful Spark 6 Series that everyone can enjoy:

Spark 6 Go

A 13-megapixel AI Dual camera and 8MP front camera, AI lens with 18 different scene detection, up to 95% recognition rate, and upgraded algorithms. The 13-megapixel primary lens supports 4x digital zoom with an F-1.8 big aperture that captures more light at night and processes image details more finely.

Various shooting modes for the AI Dual camera, including Bokeh, AI Beauty, and AI HDR, among others. Full picture details and quality are greatly improved, plus a dual rear flash fills light in dark environments to ensure better photos.

A Bluetooth Audio Share feature that can connect to multiple wireless Bluetooth headsets at the same time, enabling users to listen and watch with friends. 

A 6.52 inches dot display screen with a 20:9 screen aspect ratio and 720 x 1600 resolution for a wider, clearer, immersive display effect, rich color contrast, and great visual experience.

A 5,000 mAh battery that stays charged longer, ideal for photography, gaming, browsing, video streaming, and music. 

HiOS for a more intelligent and convenient user experience, with a brand new dark theme feature that uses less phone battery and causes less eye strain.

Spark 6

A 16-megapixel AI quad-camera with a depth lens. This 16MP primary lens can work as a macro lens and an AI lens with AI Scene Detection that can recognize 18 different scenes with a 95% recognition rate.

The quad lens provides high definition portraits, macro photos, and immersive AI video experiences with features like ‘Video Beautify’, ‘AI Beauty’, ‘AI Body Shaping’, and ‘AR Interaction’.

Android Q with a G70 processor, and 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network connectivity for improved performance, and allowing for a wide range of user customization. The operating system is also equipped with utility applications that allow users to free up memory, freeze applications, limit data accessibility for specific applications, and other useful features. 

A Bluetooth Audio Share feature that can connect to multiple wireless Bluetooth headsets at the same time to enable users to listen and watch with friends. 

A 6.8-inch high-definition (HD) dot in display screen that gives a perfect screen ratio for an extremely sharp display and much broader viewing experience. 

A 5,000 mAh battery that ensures top conditions for photography, gaming, browsing, video streaming, and music with every full charge. 

The Spark 6 Series is available at TECNO Mobile partner retail stores and comes in three models – Spark 6 4GB RAM+128GB priced at PhP6,490, Spark 6 Go 4GB RAM+64GB at PhP5,490, and Spark 6 Go 2GB RAM+32GB for only PhP3,990. For a complete list of stores, visit

To stay updated on products and the latest offering from TECNO Mobile, visit and follow TECNO Mobile Philippines on Facebook.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Real Relief from ReLeaf Aromatherapy

It has been over a year since I was first officially introduced to the world of essential oils.  Since then, I have turned to essential oils for healing whenever I would have a headache, indigestion, muscle pains, and the like. 

From someone who used to rely on medicine heavily, I have stopped taking medicines about 95% now. In fact, when I do take pain meds, I feel like I'm betraying my body. Weird switch huh? 

Sometimes though, you have not time to diffuse or blend oils yourself and so you just want something easy. This is where essential oil rolls come in and recently, I had the wonderful opportunity of trying out ReLeaf Aromatherapy. 

Releaf Aromatherapy is made up of aromatic and therapeutic, premium grade essential oils, and massage balms that soothe and relax wherever you go. This is also proudly Philippine-made which I super love. 

I got the 4 essential oil roll-ons named Restore, Relax, Revive, and Remedy. 

Restore/Peppermint is made of menthol, pili sap and elimi. Relax/Lavender is composed of menthol and elimi. Revive/Orange/Citrus is also made up of menthol and pili sap. Remedy/Lemongrass is a combination of peppermint with menthol, pili sap and elimi. All these roll-ons soothe and relaxes wherever you go!

My personal favorites are Restore and Relax. Peppermint and Lavander have always been my go-to oils. One makes me feel alive while the other makes me sleepy, it's the perfect balance for me. 

Releaf Restore

Peppermint essential oil vitalizes, energizes, and restores the senses. It has been used for therapeutic purposes since ancient times and aids in the relief of headaches, nausea, proper digestion, and pain. 

Due to its constituents, peppermint oil aids in respiratory disorders such as cough and sinus congestion. It is also effective in relieving sore muscles, promoting alertness, and beating fatigue. Mosquitoes and other insects are repelled by their scent.

Emotionally, peppermint essential oil helps clear and release emotions of pain, restriction, and fear. Moreover, it increases optimism, clarity, and provides a sense of renewal.

ReLeaf Relax

Lavender essential oil upholds the spirit by bringing a sense of deep relaxation. It is beneficial for restful sleep and calming one’s mind and body after a long day.

It is helpful for skincare, alleviating scars, and is a natural remedy for soothing burns, treating wounds, skin allergies, and acne. It also aids in headaches, nausea, and sores, among others. A valuable household essential, Lavender deodorizes, helps repel insects, and freshens laundry.

For emotional wellness, Lavender essential oil opens communication and increases expressiveness. It gives relief to and clears issues of abandonment, fear of self-disclosure, and rejection.


I am definitely bringing this everywhere I go from now on. It easily fits my small purse and it definitely soothes and relaxes me so it's a must-have everywhere I go now. Make sure to order from their Facebook Page. Trust me, it'll add to your sanity. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Review of Monster Clarity 101 Earbuds

I've been using the Monster Clarity 101 Earbuds for over a week now and here's what I think of it. 

First of all, the packaging for the Monster Clarity 101 is SUPERB. This is the cutest packaging that I have ever seen for earbuds. It looks sturdy and it can't be easily lost. 

I've seen some earbuds that come in pods and the pods are so small, you can easily lose track of it. The packaging for Monster Clarity, on the other hand, definitely stands out. 

It actually took me a minute to figure out how to open this but when I did, I was extremely pleased. 

It's aesthetically pleasing. It lights up intuitively when opened. 

The earbuds look sturdy which is important to someone like me since I have a baby that wreaks havoc with so many things and if this can survive a baby, then you know that it's durable. 

These earbuds are also not painful on the ears. Initially, there will be discomfort but it soon fades away, and then it starts to feel like it's part of your ears. You may actually forget that it's there. 

I also love the fact that when I plugged it in, the noise around me was instantly reduced. If I want to just drown out everything and immerse myself in the music or whatever it is I am listening to, Monster Clarity 101 is definitely the way to go. 

Sound quality is also more than enough. If all you want is clear audio, good bass, and connectivity that won't be easily disrupted, then this baby is what you need. It easily connects to Bluetooth so much so that even the least tech-savvy person can use it in less than a minute. 

I even had my teenage son try this on and he loved it! He said that it did not hurt his ear, it looked cool, and the packaging was the bomb. Teen approved! Mommy approved! 

If you still don't know what to get someone this Christmas, this Monster Clarity 101 Earbuds is absolutely perfect. It is IPX5 waterproof, can play music for 24 hours, and is less than Php4,000. 

You can buy them from Rapha's Gear on Shopee to make sure that what you are buying is legitimate and authentic.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Xiaomi Mi10TPro as a Tool for the Truth

Pictures are supposed to tell a thousand words. When you use your camera to capture photos, it should tell a story. When you use your mobile phone to capture a moment, it should be something that is more fleeting than a selfie or a food shot. 

It should tell a story, one that shouldn't be easy to forget. 

Here are some photos that were taken at Kasiglahan Village in Rodriguez, Rizal using the #Mi10TPro. Look and feel the devastation, heartache, and loss these images convey. 

The Philippines is not new to the devastation caused by the typhoons that hit the country year on year but with everything that has happened, this is truly another blow. Hopefully, these images will serve as a reminder to all to be more vigilant, to vote better, to educate themselves more, to educate others more, and to never give up. 

These images may be heartbreaking but if you look closely, it also speaks of hope and this is something that the Mi10TPro was able to capture and for me, that makes the Mi10TPro a phone worthy of the times. 


Sunday, November 15, 2020


Christmas is not just about people giving people gifts. It should be about our beloved pets too and Pedigree agrees. Today, November 15, the PEDIGREE Store, where you can find the best dog and cat treats and food, brings to you "SPREAD PAW-SITIVITY", a day for you to treat your own furbabies while also extending help to the pets of the ANIMAL KINGDOM FOUNDATION shelter. 

This is a Shopee storewide sale where you can get discounts as high as 35% off and flash sales for as low as Php1! Not only that, 10% of the total sales accumulated for the day shall be converted as pet food and be donated to the Animal Kingdom Foundation. 

PEDIGREE aims to raise 10,000 food bowls to make an even brighter Christmas for the pets of Animal Kingdom Foundation.  Now isn't that good news? 

Our dog Wacky is 8 years old so we need to make sure he gets only the top of the line dog food. Pedigree is the answer to this. 

After all, Pedigree Dog Food contains: Good for skin health and makes dog hair shine. It also helps to maintain dog bone health and strength, maintain dog digestion, and make dog muscles stronger. This all helps to build a good dog immune system. 

This is his favorite. Tasty Bites Chewy Cubes Lamb 50g and this has the following benefits: 

• Has a soft chewy texture that does not damage their teeth
• Helps satisfy the dog’s natural instinct to chew
• Omega 3 to help keep him fit for life
• Calcium to help give him strong bones and teeth
• Vitamins and Minerals to help maintain his natural defenses.

Don't forget to download the Shopee app for free from the App Store or Google Play!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Lfiestyle Review of the Mi10TPro

It has been a while since I have done a review of a mobile phone. To be honest, after I had to review 18 phones all at the same time before, I thought I was over and done with it. However, the Mi10TPro called out to me and I just had to review it. 

Thankfully, I was given the chance. 

First Impressions: 

I love that it felt sturdy. It's not a lightweight phone that feels like you are holding nothing. When you hold the Xiaomi Mi10TPro in your hand, you will feel like you are holding something worthy of an investment. 

I love that it looked really classy and sleek. As a Mom, I more often than not don't have time to look all dressed up and glammed. Having a phone that looks this sassy is a reminder to me that things are under control and I can take 3 minutes to at least tie my hair back and put on makeup. After all, the camera on this phone is something that needs to be used at all times. 

Most of all, I loved that this had a big screen. I don't need to squint to see the letters and I have a wide-angle view of things which allows me to not miss out on any details. 

Mobile Photography

Here are a few photos that I have taken using the Mi10TPro. 

As you can see, it is great for capturing moving babies, felines, and even macro photography. Babies are the hardest to take photos of because there's no training them. Still, the camera of the Mi10TPro was able to capture his face perfectly which makes me so happy as a Mom. After all, care to admit it or not but a lot of Moms who buy phones have this in mind. We get the best phones with the best cameras because we want to capture the best moments of our lives. 


I love the video aspect of the Mi10TPro because when I click on the video, it already frames things the way it's meant to.  You have to understand that it can be very frustrating to frame things and then when you click on the video, it changes frames and zooms in. UGH! 

With the Mi10TPro, it's ready to take your videos in one go. I also love the auto-zoom and how clear the videos are. If you'd like to see some samples, here are some videos I took using it. 

A&D Diamond Painting 

MPOW H7 Headphones

Rapha's Gear 

Battery Life 

I tend to use the phone extensively which is why when a phone battery would last me more than 18 hours, I am already impressed. The Mi10TPro does just that. I have to charge it only once a day and that is just amazing. I get to charge it when I recharge which guarantees to me that when I am awake, the phone is ready for my use. 

Price Point

Let's all be honest. This is the one thing that would matter most and I have to say, that for the camera and video, aesthetic, battery life, and overall performance of this phone, it is just fair. 

Priced at PHP 19,990 for Mi 10T and PHP 24,990 for Mi 10T Pro, the flagship models are amongst the best-in-class high-performance smartphones. Definitely worth your hard-earned money if I may say so. 

I'll be doing more reviews on this phone as I try it on for a few more weeks but I can already say that this is on my Xmas Wish List. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Review of Sunkist Freshie

I was able to try out the new Sunkist Freshie, both in Apple and Yoghurt last week. Initially, I thought that I would love the Apple more and hate the Yoghurt coz I normally dislike yoghurt. Sue me but I think it's eewww. 

Since I wanted to do a review, I had to give both bottles a try. 

First thing that I loved about this is that it's a refreshing caffeine-free carbonated drink with essential vitamins and minerals, BUTTTTTTTTT with no sugar added.

Hello, no sugar added? I can drink as much as I want and not gain too many pounds? Definitely a yes for me! 

Second, it tasted really good. I'm not talking just the apple but also the yoghurt. In fact, I love the yoghurt more than the apple. I've drank 10 bottles already in just a few days and it is just so amazing! 

Lastly, it's not too expensive. I'm not sure about the exact price but most of my friends have said that it is affordable and that it can be bought at 7-11 and Puregold. 

Final verdict: Looks like I will have a new favorite to add to my list of drinks to have all the time! 

3 Ways to Use the TV to Help your Baby Become Smarter

Everyone says that watching TV is not good for your kids. I agree to an extent but I also disagree. 

These days, you need to adjust to the times and I know for a fact that there are certain things you can do to help your kids become smarter, more focused, and even help get them to sleep, all with the help of television. 

My son is 8 months old. Most people would say he is too young to watch TV and part of me agrees. However, we have the pandemic now which means he can't' go out at all. 

We need to keep him safe which means we need to keep him inside at all times. This also means that there are limitations to access. 

Since I am also a working Mom, I needed to find a way to make things work for my son and I. This is what I do to make his TV watching productive. 

1. Use the TV to set the tone of the day. In the morning, when baby wakes up, play nursery rhymes that are upbeat and happy. Choose the ones that teaches good manners, pleases and thank yous, and the like. It is never too early to embed these things in your baby. At night, when baby should be getting ready to sleep for at least 8 hours, play lullabies and dim the lights. Use the music to lull baby to sleep or choose a video that triggers sleep in babies. There are actually a lot of them. 

2. Use the TV to teach your baby nursery songs. Sing with your kid. Act out the songs. Use this time as well to bond with your baby instead of plopping baby in front of TV and not minding him. 

3. Use the TV to help you but not replace you. I believe that the problem with most is that they use the TV to replace them and soothe their kids. The TV is your friend but it is not the baby or kids temporary parents. 

This is why I don't regret having put an Xtreme TV in our room. It has helped me with Khali and it teaches Khali the difference between day and night. You see, our room doesn't have a window so it's easy to lose track of time. 

This is also the best way to ensure that your baby learns their ABCs more and even sing and dance. Remember that gadgets can be your best friend when handled correctly. 

This has also helped me bond with Khali more. I danced and sing to him and he enjoys it. If you plan on getting a TV in your room, Xtreme has really affordable ones that they are selling and you can buy it from their website.

Life begins at 40 + my Engagement Story

A few days ago, I made this list of things that I am thankful for in the last 40 years.  

However, the week leading up to my birthday gave me more than I could have ever hoped for. What happened on my 40th went beyond my wildest imagination. 

It started with a surprise from my brother who lives in Singapore. Lunchtime a week ago he asked me what I wanted for a gift. I told him I wanted an air purifier because I have a baby. Sadly, the one I saw on Shopee was sold out so I told him it's okay. He didn't need to get me anything. 

Lo and behold, when M came home that afternoon, he handed me a box. 

It seems that my brothers and M conspired to make this possible. I was SO HAPPY. I actually had tears because my brother who was in another country made an effort to surprise me. I felt so loved. 

After, I received another surprise, this time from a member of my Diamond Painting group.

It contained two mystery diamond painting kits and I am so excited to see what it actually looks like when done. I was really surprised by this too because she never mentioned anything so imagine my shock when this came in. 

Another friend of mine asked what I wanted and got me exactly what I said. It felt nice to just get what you want too. 

ASUS also sent me a cake and it was so pretty! 

Then, the 30th came, I turned 40, and a lot happened. I woke up and went to work, had a meeting with my San Francisco team, and then was surprised by my other brother with a box of the Fet Boys famous giant cookies and my coveted hoodie from ONE CHAMPIONSHIP. 

We had a quick breakfast that was made more special by Salmon HQ because they sent me a Salmon Cake and Aburi Salmon Baked Sushi. It was definitely a great start to the day. 

After, I went back to work and M cleaned the car because we were bringing baby to the pedia for his vaccine. He then came into the room, took a shower but for some reason was sweating like a pig. 

He came over to my office area and stood there for a while which was weird. I thought to myself, "oh no, we must have a problem! Is there another big expense with the car?" He looked nervous and kept asking if I was already done with work which thankfully, I was by that time. 

I remember that it was almost 8:30am then and I had asked permission to go on a terminal break to catch Khali's Pedia by 9am. I told M that I was done with work and then he held my hand. I knew then that there was a concern. 

He looked scared, worried. I had to bite my tongue to stop myself from asking how much the bill was going to be for whatever it was that needed repair. 

He then said, "Love, I wanted to make things official so I'm doing this." Then he knelt down on one knee and said, "Will you marry me?" Without hesitation, I said "YES! OF COURSE!" 

We kissed. We hugged. He put the ring. It didn't fit but I didn't care. I was just so happy! 

He said that he chose to propose on my 40th birthday because they say that life begins at 40 and he wanted to formally begin a life with me. So there I was, engaged at 40. Who would have thought? 

Afterward, I celebrated the day with family and friends who love me and gifted me with things that I love. 

This is Shrimp Tempura from Tokyo Tempura. She makes the best ones and you can message her on Facebook to order if you are living anywhere near Las Pinas. 

This chocolate mousse cake is from my sister and her family all the way from Cebu. They remembered that this is my all-time favorite cake and I had 3 slices all to myself! 

I also received another gift from someone from my DP group and I am just so touched. I love the citronella and essential oils the most. The toothbrush holder is now up in the other bathroom. 

This acrylic tray is from another friend. It was what I needed for me to finally let go of 90% of my accessories. These are the only ones left now and I think that it's perfect since I'm in my 40s and don't really need the chunky ones anymore. 

My favorite essential oils. Everything from doTERRA is just a dream. The scents and the overall effect on my psyche is amazing. It helps me sleep better. It rejuvenates me. It's amazing! 

The craziest gift I got. I wanted to chant "I am not worthy!" over and over again. Thank you so much. I am so excited to have my nails done soon. 

I also got my annual Starbucks cake. I was actually thinking that I won't be getting one coz of the pandemic so I was extremely happy to have gotten my annual Starbucks cake. 

And I received another surprise gift from someone in my DP group, this time it's an Amorsolo DP as well as DP accessories. I truly feel so blessed and I am so grateful. 

Lastly, I got a big box of Ferrero! ACK! I am just so happy. The last time I got a box like this from someone not related to me was back in college hahahaha. That was almost 17 years ago. 

Some people who mattered to me did not greet me on my 40th birthday and my engagement but it didn't hurt me that much anymore. I know that they love me still, we're just not in the same place right now and I can just love them from afar. 

For now, my main focus is my own small family and getting us to Canada real soon. Oh, and a wedding hahaha.