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

 

Adjectives

An adjective is a word that describes a noun or pronoun. Without adjectives it would be hard for us to express what we mean when we are talking about ourselves or others. We describe people, places, things, animals and etc on what they look like or when we talk about their characteristics.

I’ve learned about adjectives during my 3rd grade in grade school. We were tought when to use it and how to use it. At the same time my teacher tought us the proper way to use them, like for instance the use of negative adjectives such as ugly, weak and etc. We should be mindful of the words that come out of our mouth because we never know if we are offending someone or a group of people.

I agree with my teacher, but at the same time I disagree because adjectives are just words to describe something. Unless we say it to others. And even if we say it the other way like ugly= less desirable, the outcome is still negative if the person you are refering to hears that, for example.

I had a chat conversation with a friend. She asked me how am I doing. I replied, I’m still the same except that I’m fat now. Then she said that why would I say such a thing and that I should not say the word fat because it’s like shaming the plus size community. I told her that the one I was describing to as fat is no other than myself and it is not fat shaming others because I was refering to myself and even if I use “got bigger”, still it is the same. So, how should I describe myself then? And besides, I don’t see fat as a negative word. In my opinion, we should use this word often to get rid of the negative association to fat shaming. And do not forget, there is nothing wrong in being fat!

The world today is full of negativity, criticisms and “in betweens”. Simple and small things get complicated and hurtful because people do not listen. They only hear what they want to hear. Hence, making respect one sided. Meaning, if you have the same mindset as them, you gain their respect.

 

 

 

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 Season

They’re here again to invade our pavements, restaurants and city. No they’re not on war. We are not on war with them. They walk in pairs, groups or solo. Cameras, especially the system ones are a common sight with them. Do not forget the maps and the translation devices too. Some of them know where they are heading and some get lost. Everything that we find mundane in this city, they find it exciting and interesting. Because of their curiosity about history, they fill up the museums, churches and souvenir shops.

Some locals would probably find this season annoying. Perhaps because of the amount of tourists that storm in to Bergen. In terms of the areal size, Bergen is not a big city compared to NY, London, Barcelona and etc. So a cruiseship or two will somewhow make the city center look overpopulated.

If you would ask me how I feel about it, I think it’s great that they want to explore Bergen/Norway. Tourism is also good for the economy. My only concern regarding the cruiseship industry is the pollution that comes from it. I hope that they’ll fix that too.

 

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The tourists.