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Life Lately: Breezing Through October

October 19, 2017

Life Lately: Breezing Through October

How has been life lately? It is already October and it seems like the months are just breezing through 2017. So, how have you been?

Life Lately: Breezing Through October

So how have you been dear readers and stumblers? I wonder how were you able to find this post in the midst of everything good and bad in the internet. Nevertheless, it has been quite a while since I wrote something about what’s going on lately. It shall be a pleasure to share something personal and giddy through this post.

October is the second -ber month in this second half of the year. Just a few months and it will be Christmas again. Mind you, here in our dear beloved Philippines, Christmas lasts for quite a while! Even at times that I don’t feel the holidays at all, it feels good to be home and just eating all the holiday food there is.

The past few weeks may have been a roller-coaster ride for me. Midterms was just over and work has been here and there and balancing my blogging life is another. You may say that I got a lot on my plate and that’s true. Imagine yourself walking in a buffet place looking at the yummy food you like from various cuisines. That is how my plate has been. Juggling various things from different facets of life. Being a creative and a somehow logical person in one can be a challenge.

But here are some notable things that I could deem be helpful and motivating to some. There may be some tools or applications that maybe mentioned that could be useful to you as well. Don’t forget to check those out!


#1 The 50th Shell National Students Art Competition

Just recently, I received an email stating that we were invited to a media forum regarding the 50th Shell National Students Art Competition at Ayala Museum. At first, I did not know how to react on this. I do not remember signing up for an event related to this. So getting that email surely gave me butterflies in my stomach!

So what is a media forum in the first place?

This has been the question in my mind when I first got the email. It puzzled me on what could it be and how could we effectively participate and learn along the way. I’ve searched on the internet what it could be and I just realized that it could be another version of press conference. But since they used media, it would mean various forms of media. From print to websites or blogs and even to television, various media people were present! Honestly, it was a lovely experience! I met various people and saw a lot of remarkable and awesome artworks by students all over the country!

Notably, there was one scene during the whole event which truly caught my attention. As some may not know, it takes a village to achieve success. No man is an island and you cannot survive in this world alone. You can be independent but you also need some help and support from the people around you.

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Seeing this made me realize that even to photographers, this could happen. I honestly thought that it only occurs to a group of friends who are really quite supportive for their friends. This happens to photographers who want to achieve that “Instagrammable” photo. There were giggles heard as well as laughter from the group of photographers capturing the memorable moments during the event.

I will give more details about the 50th Shell National Students Art Competition in another blog post! Stay tuned! 💙


#2 Nailaholics National Pampering Day 2017

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October 17, 2017 – This is a memorable day for everyone who just loves pampering themselves. Every person in this country works very hard to the point that they would forget to take care of themselves. In the end, those who work harder end up thrice as tired. Sometimes, it would just burn out people if self-care was not a thing in this world.

Luckily, it was an honor to take part in this campaign and event. I never thought that this pamper day would actually decrease my fear about nail salons and spa. Not long before, I went to a salon and had some manicure and pedicure done. Unfortunately, may nails got murdered and I just ended up in pain. That was such a terrible experience and no one deserves that.

When the day actually came, I got excited as it has been quite a while since I gave my nails some pampering. The Nailaholics branch in Cash and Carry Makati gave such a calming vibe. Pillows in the booths were fluffed and added more to the relaxing vibe. Unfortunately, I got shy to take photos of the branch as there were other people there having their pampering done.

This day arrived just in time after our midterm exams.

The Experience

I was with friends that day and it was a fun day! My boyfriend’s brother, Tyrone, had his pedicure too. At first, he was shy but when his turn started, he eventually sent us signals that it was such a great experience! His girlfriend, Nicole, was with us too and she opted for a manicure. She shared to me that her nails had never been pampered for quite a while. Honestly, she’s happy that I asked her to join me. What I had was a package that included manicure, pedicure and foot spa.

At first, I was shy because I am ticklish especially with my feet. So I told the ladies there that I could just giggle randomly at any moment. All the ladies who catered to our needs were kind and conversational. Although it could get quite crowded in that branch especially if it’s jam-packed with customers!

My Verdict

I’m definitely recommending Nailaholics to you. It is such a great experience that everyone must try for themselves. Therefore, pampering yourselves even for just once a month is healthy for your whole being. It could avoid burnouts and prolonged stress. In another sense, you will cheer yourself up too!

Plus, I’m definitely going back to Nailaholics! My nails did not get ruined even if I’m such a clumsy person. Usually, I’d destroy my polish just a few moments after leaving the salon. So, I’m glad that my nails did not get ruined at all when I left! 💙


Life in General

I forgot to mention that our event was a success! Soon after, it might be The Pen Meet 3 at a different venue catering to more people! Even if it has been weeks already since the event, it sure has some electric vibe and chills down my spine.

While balancing work and school, it has been giving me ups and downs. Sometimes, I feel more stressed and anxious every single day. Fighting through it could be quite challenging that sometimes I’d just cry at the end of the day. But here we are, we just keep going.

My other blogs may feel neglected but I’ve been fixing and organizing my stuff for a destash sale. I’ll be posting some items on MQ’s Shop real soon. Hope you’ll be giving a new home to my stuff real soon!

Now, I’ll be going back to work again and finish those backlogs. A little after that, it’s time to study again. Cheerio!


How about you? How have you been lately?

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14 Comments

  • Reply Renissa Dawn Flores October 20, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    We already reached half of October and I can say, nothing huge has happened in my life so far. But I’m quite liking it. I’m enjoying the low profile, just watching movies, writing, binge-watching youtube videos. I hope I don’t get used to it though. Haha. And sadly, I wasn’t able to attend national pampering day because of the jeepney strike. Too bad :(. I’m glad you’re having an amazing month despite your exams and all.

  • Reply Milton Coyne October 21, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Congratulations for the success of your event 🙂 Hopefully I can attend that too and learn more about calligraphy even though I was born with henmanship writing haha
    Anyway, back to October.. one thing I love about this month is that it is Museum and Galleries month where I get the chance to visit museums and appreciate various form of arts. Most museums usually offer special events and galleries in the month of October.
    Interesting I have never been to Ayala Museum but I am always intrigued of what the museum has to offer.. same thing with the Mind Museum in Taguig.. hopefully I can visit them soon.
    As much as I want.. i never get my nails done by other people (even my mom lols)… I don’t know.. it tickles me and somehow i find it uncomfortable haha.. so I always end up doing it by myself

  • Reply Irma October 26, 2017 at 4:14 am

    I am so glad to hear that all your effort finally starts to pay off. Even though your life lately has been more than busy and even though it was pretty hard to find the balance among all those obligations, seeing that people appreciate your work makes the butterflies in your stomach as well as a wide smile on your face. Keep going like that and enjoy all the lovely events you get invited to. Thank you for your Nailaholic recommendation. I might also recomend it to my friends.

  • Reply Joanna October 26, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience the last time you went to get your nails done. I go every month and I trust my salon, they always take care of my nails and the manicure lasts for 3 weeks. The media forum sounds like it was a fun event, if you look at the photos you have taken. I wonder what was so interesting in taking photos of that man. And I love how relaxed he seems, like the photographers don’t bother him at all.

  • Reply EG III October 26, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Well, although I haven’t had any recent pedicures, I’ve been quite well lately. It’s amazing how fast this year has flown by…it seems like just yesterday it was October 2016 and I was visiting the Philippines for the first time. I hope the rest of your year continues to go well!

  • Reply theresa October 26, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    My life this month has been really toxic. Aside from my mommy duties, my whole life was just so busy that I barely had time for myself. It is just today that I got to buy some new clothes after a year I think. I hope this little break this week would give me a calming moment for myself. Good thing you got a great time on the pampering. I visited the branch here but I was too late.

  • Reply Clarice October 26, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I also had a busy October. I attended several blogging events (which actually not normal since I really don’t attend much) and organized a big event too here in Bacolod. For work, I had two events for my clients in Metro Manila. One was the Money and Me Conference and the other one was a Tax Seminar for HR and Finance Professionals. (whew!)

    All I can say is that October went so fast but I am glad it’s over. Thank God!
    I also joined Nailaholic’s National Pampering Day plus managed to take a short vacation to Iloilo. 🙂

  • Reply Berlin | Momi Berlin October 27, 2017 at 8:34 am

    I really like the programs of Shell. Love their Shell art and Shell chess. Sadly their Shell chess bid goodbye already. For the shell art, it’s a nice avenue to discover the talents of youngsters. I hope they will continue this program as there are so many talents yet to be discovered.

  • Reply Indrani October 27, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    October ended so fast, We had a series of festivals and the associated celebrations.
    Incredible art work at the exhibition. Loved the first composition very much.
    Nailaholics seems so cool. I wish to get pampered someday soon.

  • Reply Sreekar October 27, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Your month seems pretty happening. I had a pretty quiet month. Lots of festivals in India so lots of family time and off work!

  • Reply Amila October 28, 2017 at 9:23 am

    It seems this Shell art competition is a good event to participate.Hope you had great time there among the visual arts.October was a busy month for me,but I could do many changes for the things I do.I hope you are already preparing for Christmas.I have friends from Philippines and I know that they celebrate this in grand way as a family re-union moment.

  • Reply Me-An Clemente October 29, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Congratulations on a successful pen meet 3 and even to the media conference for the 50th Shell National Arts Competition. You definitely deserved to be pampered with all those big happenings in your life. I have to agree with you that availing a service at Nailaholics is highly recommended. Their staff are very professional. Plus, the overall ambiance is truly relaxing.

  • Reply Ari Augustine November 11, 2017 at 4:30 am

    October went by fast! I still can’t believe it and now November is nearly halfway done.

  • Reply Swayam Tiwari November 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    That is a nice of putting across the idea of having so much to do- being in a room that has so many good things to eat! October for me was a bit hectic but professionally satisfying.

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