Flora Teas

Flora Teas (short term for Flowering teas) is a brand of tea from London UK. Before I opened the box, I thought Flora Teas is just loose tea with flowers. I was wrong, but I got excited when I found out that Flora Tea actually is a blooming tea because brewing it is a feast for the eyes. It is not your typical type of tea as the tea leaves tied into a ball and inside it is a flower full of aroma.

I got this as a Christmas gift two years ago. But because of my hectic schedule and the growing number of teas that I have at home, I did not open it and I just saved it for later. It has also expired a couple of months ago but it did not stop me from brewing one.

To enjoy Flora Teas, I used a transparent teapot. A clear glass is alright as well as long as it is heat resistant. Place the tea ball in the teapot, then pour very hot or boiling water into the teapot and watch as the tea begins to bloom.

This is not my first time to brew and drink a blooming tea. However, I still get fascinated every time. Who wouldn’t be?

When it comes to taste, it does not taste like green tea. No hint of green tea taste at all. For me, it has a dried banana (lol. I know. I think my tastebuds were not working that time or it was because it had already expired.) leaf taste, plus the nutty aroma which is a common denominator in all the blooming teas that I’ve tried. The one that I brewed is called Flying Snow which consist of green tea, marigold and coconut fruit fibers.

I can say that Flora Tea has one of the best blooming teas in the market because it is good quality and most of all the tea ball does not turn upside down while brewing it. I find it annoying when the blooming tea turns upside down when it starts blooming. I want it perfect! 😂

Flora Tea is not just for tea enthusiasts like me but for everyone who would like to impress their lovers, friends, acquiantances or to just make tea time extraordinary.

The Box.
Sealed for freshness.
There are six tea balls in the box. Flying Snow is one of the flavours.
The second packaging. It is also vacuum packed in plastic.
Ready to brew!
Voila! It’s a marigold flower!
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I’m no foodie

Even though I love to take snaps of my stuff and document them, when it comes to food I’m very impatient especially when I’m hungry. So, kudos to the ones who have the motivation to let their rumbling stomach wait for the sake of the perfect shot. I can’t never be a foodie!

Yesterday was an exemption though, because I wasn’t that hungry. Besides, the dessert serving made me happy because I did not only get a slice of cheesecake but also two scoops of ice cream and whipped cream too!

How about you? Are you a foodie?

 

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Cheesecake for dessert! Worth every penny!

Compression Socks

When you tell some people that you’re using compression socks, only one thing comes into their mind and that is compression socks/stockings is for old people. We cannot blame them for thinking that way, because compression socks aren’t that popular for the younger folks. Also, people think that if they don’t have anything in their legs that are bothering them, then they won’t use one. It could also mean that they don’t know what compression socks are.

Compression socks/stockings are very similar to the socks/stockings that we use every day. The only difference is that compression socks are tighter to put pressure on the ankles, legs and feet in order to have a smoother blood circulation.

There are different types of compression socks/stockings based on your needs. Your doctor or any other medical personel can help you decide which one is best for you (or for your medical condition). My reason for using compression socks is I always on my feet at work and at home (because I cannot sit still!), and thus resulted in the appearance of varicose veins!

I’m just in my 30s, so the sight of varicose veins, frustrates me. But then I remembered that my mom uses compression stockings every day and guess what? She has never stopped using one since when she her 30s! And her legs? Varicose vein free! She’s now in her 50s.

I bought 6 pairs of compression socks/stockings different styles, length and purpose. I didn’t consult a doctor because I only ordered the ones that are good for daily use and I don’t have diabetes and high blood pressure.  I’ve also read on the website that it’s alright to buy one with the least compression.

As I’ve mentioned above, compression socks come in different styles. Now you can be both stylish and maintain a healthy blood circulation.

Btw., I bought mine from this site: https://stottestrompen.no/ . But you can also find this socks too on other online shops like Ebay or Amazon.

 

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The second batch of compression socks/stockings that I bought online.

 

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Sports socks with compression and rubber grip.

 

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Good for high intensity activities.

 

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Stylish pair. Hello there pink toes. 😀

The Perfect Duo

First of all, I’m not a makeup artist, nor someone who is good in makeup. When it comes to choosing the right makeup for me, I either google or ask my friends who has the knowledge and the skills. Sometimes I do ask the sales representatives. If I’m lucky, then they will recommend me products that won’t irritate my skin nor make my skin look different and far from my original skin color.

I’ve tried a lot of makeup brands in my entire life. From the high end type and to drugstore ones. I have no problem with mascaras, eyeliners and eyeshadows because those have very limited or no contact  at all with my cheeks, forehead and chin (which are the most complicated areas of my face!). My skin type is oily to combination (plus sensitive). The issue with using makeup foundations, BB creams and primers is that they either dry my skin or make it more oily, thus, making my skin prone to breakouts.

Thanks to my friend who is a Professional makeup artist in the Philippines. She introduced me to Kiko Milano. An Italian makeup brand. I asked her if it’s good for my skin type because I was amazed how her skin glows when she used the primer and the 2-in-1 Foundation of Kiko Milano.

I ordered the Radiant Boost primer and the Full Coverage 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer. Nevertheless the shipping time, I’m impressed by these two products. Not only that they’re easy to apply but don’t need a lot for your face. Meaning, it’s more for your money. I love how these two smooth out my skin and covered most of the dark spots on my face and I was surprised by its light feeling on my skin. After 8 hours of these on me, my skin still looked fresh and breakout free.

Anyway, here is Kiko Milano’s website. 🙂 https://www.kikocosmetics.com/en-hr/

Have a nice day everyone!

 

 

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Radiant Boost primer

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Foundation and concealer in one

 

The Product

After months of never-ending work, noise, body aches and frustration, here we are finally done with the flat renovation. It’s great to see the outcome of combined ideas and tips not just from the designer but also from our family and friends.

In the process, the renovation has thought me something. It is about the effort, time and how we incorporate ideas into reality when we only have limited resources or limited budget. I’ve learned that it is alright to seek for help. We shouldn’t be afraid to ask and admit to others that we can’t do everything on our own.

Anyway, this post is not just to show you the final product of the upgrade but also to give tips on how to upgrade a flat and make it presentable on a limited budget. So here you go:

1: Declutter! – Decluttering will not only make your place neat and tidy but also easier for you to picture how you actually want the flat to look like.

2. Find for inspiration on the internet No designer? Don’t fret! Just type a keyword or two and see what the Internet has for you. Well, you don’t have to copy every single detail that you see in the pictures but let this give you an idea on what you really want to do with the flat.

3. Talk to your broker and ask for advice: If you are going to sell your crib, it is wise to ask the broker for tips and advice about what is the best for your flat. Here in Norway, brokers are good in giving tips on how and what to upgrade and calculate the cost of the renovation.

4. Borrow stuff– You don’t need to buy new sets of furniture or room decorations for the photoshoot. Ask friends if you can borrow their couch, plants and etc.

5. Less is more. – One thing that I’ve learned from Scandinavian homes is simplicity. You don’t have to use all your decors all at once. Remember, you want to emphasize the flat/property and not the decorations in it!

6. Remove all personal belongings. – I’m refering to your toothbrush, laundry and your family/couple picture on the wall.

7. Color coordination. – Colors should compliment each other.

8.Clean! – Who wants to buy a dirty place? Remember, first impression, last.

9. Use plants. – Plants can make the place look fresh and it can also take away the focus from the things that you don’t want the potential buyers to see.

10. Be sure to let natural light in. –Light is essential for bringing out the best in the room.

 

 

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The living room.

 

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Renovated kitchen.

 

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Hotel style bed. Courtesy of my partner’s siblings.

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The terrace.  The chairs and coffee table are borrowed from my partner’s siblings.

 

 

Homemade Avocado Smoothie

What’s the best way to acquire your daily dose of fruits (and vegetables)? Oh yes, through shakes, juices and smoothies! It’s not only time saving but you can get all the vitamins that you need. Besides, shakes, juices and smoothies are a better alternative to sodas these hot summer days.

Today has been also very hot and we find it demotivating to do anything. I tried drinking lots of Cold water but my it didn’t do much of a help. For sure because it keeps flushing out the ions in my body. I drank a glass of cola but that’s it because I don’t want to rely on it and besides it has lots of sugar which is bad for the body. Luckily, I still have a couple of avocados left from yesterday, so I made avocado smoothie with banana and oat milk. I also found a can of condensed milk so I used a very small amount of it to give my smoothie some sweetness in it. I didn’t follow any recipe online, just what my tastebud craves.

Here you go! 🙂

Yields approximately 0,5 liters/ 2 glasses of smoothie.

2 small avocados

1/2 medium banana

2 tbsp condensed milk

1-2 cups of oat milk

2 sachets of raspberry powder (I don’t know the name. Was given to me by my sister who has been to Japan.)

 

The Very First 17th of May

Yesterday was Norway’s constitution day. My hubby and I were home in our new place since it’s a holiday. Here in Norway, people pay respect to their holidays by not doing any kind of “noisy” work that will disturb the neighborhood and the solemnity of the celebration. Well, of course there are some who does not care about the holidays and their neighborhood, so they either get a friendly reminder from the neighbors or being reported to the police if they do not listen.

Anyway, this is our first time to have 17th May brunch in our new house. This is also my first time to prepare a proper brunch for us. I usually did not care about how the table would look like. As long as there is food on table I’m good but this year is special because we got a bigger crib and we had my hubby’s dad over for a visit.

This is also our first time to raise the flag. Never knew what time of the day we should do it. Thankfully there’s Google. We raised it around 8 a.m. and lowered or take down at 9p.m. According to the Norwegian flag site, we can raise the flag around 8 in the morning during the summer because the sun rises up during that time and pull it down no later than 9 pm because that’s the time the sun sets. Also, we can raise it even though it is dark (For instance during winter) but  should NEVER lowered it when it’s already dark.

I have no pictures of the parade because our place is not one of the routes of the 17th May parade and I got busy in preparing food and cake for dinner. However, it didn’t stop us for having a great time but next year I’ll make sure that we get to see the parade or take part of it.

 

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Our proud Norwegian flag.

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Our humble brunch setting.

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Fruits on the top, dried hams on the next and slices of bread on the buttom.