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Even before Pinterest become so popular, I have been a “DIY” (Do It Yourself) fan. So I want to share some hair care tips s that l have tried and tested that really works!  Plus, these items can be seen in your own home so it wont cost you that much.

Castor Oil for dry hair and scalp treatment

Castor oil is used for medicinal, therapeutic and cosmetic purposes. CastorOil9The oil has germicidal properties that make it effective against all kinds of bacterial, fungal and viral infections, reports Online Gardener tips. Castor oil treats dandruff, eczema, hair loss and scalp infections. Castor oil is also effective in getting rid of hair lice, according to Online Gardener Tips.

There was a time when my hair became so dry as a result of over processing (e.g. rebonding, digital perming, cellophane treatment, etc.), products used and sun exposure making it hard to manage, brittle and dull very easily. By using castor oil, it seals the moisture, making it healthy, soft and less susceptible to breakage.

Instruction:

Slightly warm a small amount of oil in saucepan.  Apply small amount of the oil to your scalp and hair ends by massaging it with your fingertips.  Cover your hair with shower cap and leave for a few hours to overnight.  Then wash your hair with a gentle shampoo and follow with conditioner.

Vinegar & Lemon or Calamansi Juice Mixture as a hair rinse

Vinegar balances the pH of your hair, cleans out the hair shaft and gives it a shine because it closes up the cuticles, eliminating frizz. While Lemon/Calamansi adds shine to hair and gives it a subtle highlights.

This is ideal for those who use a lot of styling products in their hair such as hair spray, wax or gel. It removes the residues of these products and even the residues left by shampoo. It moisturizes the hair and can help prevent dandruff too.

Instruction:

vinegarAdd 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water. Squeeze the juice from half of a lemon or 5-10 calamansi. Combine all the ingredients in a jar and stir well Shampoo and rinse hair as usual, then pour in the mixture. Massage the mixture into your scalp and throughout your hair down to the ends.  And end it by rinsing your hair with cool water. You might smell the apple vinegar in your hair while it is wet. However, once your hair has dried, the smell of vinegar will not be lemonapparent.

Note: If you don’t want even the slightest lightening of your hair color, omit the lemon/calamansi juice.

Mayonnaise as hair conditioner

Mayonnaise can be found in most kitchens. And by using as a conditioner, it adds luster and vitality to dry hair. It also increases the shine and very simple to use.

Instruction:

mayoWash your hair normally with a gentle shampoo formulated for dry hair, and towel it dry. Comb in at least 1 tbsp. of real mayonnaise, starting at the top of your head. Make sure to cover every strand of hair. Leave the mayonnaise in for at least one hour. Extra-dry hair may need an additional hour. Wash your hair again with a gentle shampoo, such as baby shampoo. Rinse thoroughly. Comb or brush your hair and let dry. Style as you normally would.

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Thank you Lord for another year to celebrate life and for this wonderful birthday message! 🙂

change-the-worldOn several occasions I have been encouraged  when men I knew to be dishonest and immoral agreed to talk me about their conduct. Yet each time I was disappointed at the outcome of our meetings.

In each situation the person said he believed in God and wanted to escape hell. Some rationalized by saying everybody, even churchgoing people, are basically selfish. They do good only to escape punishment. Those who reasoned this way believed that because they sometimes were kind and generously to charitable causes, their chances of going to heaven were as good as those of the Christians they knew. One man vowed that he would do kind. But like the others, he wanted to have eternal life without the forgiveness and inner change that only Jesus can give.

The apostle Paul told Timothy how to deal with religionists who focused on externals. He reminded him that the purpose of godly instructions is a life that reflects a radical inner change: “love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith” (1Tim 1:5). Has God changed you from within? You can have a life changing encounter with Jesus if you’ll trust in Him –Herb Vander Lugt

How to be changed from within as easy as A-B-C…

Admit that you are a sinner and turn from your sin.
Believe that Jesus dies for you and rose from the dead.
Call on Him to be your Savior and Lord.

When God changes you, He works from inside out.

The purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from a sincere faith. – 1 Tim 1:5

Read: 1 Timothy 1:1-7

[Source: Daily Bread, 26 November 2012 message]

It was one Saturday when my friends and I decided to have a gastronomic adventure in Chinatown.  Located in Binondo Manila,  is the world’s oldest Chinatown in the world established in 1594.

Since we will be coming from different locations, we agreed to meet up to a familiar landmark known to everyone which is the Santa Cruz Church.

The Church is just across Chinatown and you wouldn’t miss to pass by the Carriedo Fountain at the Plaza Santa Cruz.

souvenir shot at the fountain

Just to give a little historical background, this fountain was dedicated to a Spanish Engineer, Don Francisco Carriedo of the Department of Waterworks in 1884. It was through his will that a piped water system was installed in Manila. The project for public supply of fresh water in Manila started in early 18th century.  This fountain was relocated in several areas in Manila prior to its current location.  We hope that the Local government will refurbish this landmark.

Arko ng Mabuting Pakikisama (Arch of Goodwill)

Enter the Dragon…

Now, let the gastronomic adventure begin!

To make this adventure more fun and pocket friendly, try to order food that can be shared by everyone. Split everything so that everyone can have a taste of each dish and at the same time your tummy has still more room for the food on the next restaurants.

Wai Ying Fastfood is one of the most recommended food places to visit. If you want to try authentic, delicious and affordable Chinese food without leaving the country, this is the place to go.

Located at Benavidez Street

Shrimp Chong Fan is a steamed flat rice noodles with shrimp. The soy sauce mixed with a little sugar complemented the bland noodles filled with crunchy shrimp (left). Yangchow rice (right)

Soy Chicken- Sour in flavor and the sauce are made of ginger, oil, onion leaves. (left). Pork Asado- A braised dish made out of marinated pork. (right)

Hakaw- Steamed soft dumpling with whole shrimp inside. (left). Me, having my hakaw and milk tea with black jelly (right). These are 2 of my favorites in Wai Ying.

On our way to our next stop

Sightings along the streets…

herbal medicines

grilled corn on a cob

Shin Tai Shang is like a mini grocery along Salazar St. where people can buy small cakes, packaged drinks and assorted fruits.

time to buy some fruits

delicious fruits in Shin Tai Shang

Cafe Mezzanine is a fireman themed restaurant above Eng Been Tin (popular hopia chain) in Ongpin St. All proceeds of this restaurant goes to the volunteer firefighters of Binondo. They are known for their Soup#5 (soup made out of bull’s testicle) which most people would say that it’s a “must” order and the taste is really good. Unfortunately, we are not brave enough to try it.  So we just  decided to try another popular dish which is called Kiampong .

Located at the corner of Ongpin and E.T. Yuchengco Street

Kiampong- It’s a Filipino-Chinese version of fried rice with meat, mushrooms, seasoned well, and will not be complete without peanuts on top.

inside the Fireman themed cafe

The food adventure will never be complete without having “take-home foodies” from the following:

1. Eng Bee Tin for their famous hopia (It’s a Chinese delicacy with various flavors; purple yam, mung beans, pork, pandan, pineapple, etc)

2. Wai Ying’s siomai with chili sauce

3. Shanghai Fried Siopao stall. Their fried siopao is slightly crisp, golden-edged bread, has a tasty ground pork stuffing with the right balance of ginger and spring onion to keep you biting. This is a good alternative if you like a different kind of siopao. Also, It is very affordable too (Php16.00/pc).

4. Salazar Bakery. They are been around since 1947 which specializes in Chinese delicacies. You can find Salazar bakery almost all over now in Metro Manila.

And for our food trail finale, we had our dinner at The President Grand Palace. They have a spacious dining area and has very Chinese ambiance with their decors and uniforms of the staff. It is located along Ongpin Street so you wouldn’t miss it.

The cold cuts platter is composed of jellyfish, century eggs, asado & white chicken

stir fried seafood noodles with quail eggs is a sure winner!

Another winner is their Hot Prawn Salad. It was pure prawns and no fruits (some restaurants adds fruit cocktails and too sweet on the taste). This salad comes also with cold version. It’s a bit pricey but worthy! Really taste great. A must try.

Another photo op before we end the food trip

It was our first time to do a food trip in Chinatown and it was such a fun experience! 🙂

Just want to  share some wonderful thoughts I got from my email… 🙂

  • No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
  • God didn’t promise days without pain, Laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.
  • Disappointments are like road humps, they slow down a bit but you enjoy the smooth road afterwards. Don’t stay on the humps too long. Move on!
  • When you feel down because you didn’t get what you want, just sit tight and be happy, because God is thinking of something better for you.
  • It is better to lose your pride to the one you love, than to lose the one you love because of pride.
  • We spend too much time looking for the right person to love or finding fault with those we already love, when instead, we should be perfecting the love we give.
  • When you truly care for someone, you don’t look for faults, you don’t look for answers, you don’t look for the mistakes. Instead, you fight the mistakes, you accept the faults, and you overlook the excuses.
  • When something happens to you, good or bad, consider what it means. There’s a purpose to life’s events, to teach you how to laugh more or not to cry too hard.
  • You can’t make someone love you all you can do is be someone who can be loved, the rest is up to the person to realize your worth.
  • The measure of love is when you love without measure. In life there are very rare chances that you’ll meet the person you love and loves you in return. So once you have it don’t ever let go, the chance might never come your way again

Never took a moment for granted. Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.  – Unknown

Photos can create a lot of wonderful memories for us and doing a “life in picture” collage can be fun and memorable. You too can do the same by picking out your pictures to respond to these moments listed below or you can create your own list of moments as well.

Here’s sharing you bits and pieces of my life captured in pictures.

1. Picture/s of you at work.

Me at work over the years

2. Picture/s of you drinking or being drunk.

Drinking but not really drunk

3.  Picture/s of you on your birthday.

My birthday last year (left) and six years ago (right)

4. Picture/s of you taking a picture.

5. Picture/s of you making a goofy face at the camera.

Look what technology can do now

6. Picture that’s edited.

Feeling model 😉

7. Picture/s of you truly being yourself.

8. Picture/s of you being absolutely ridiculous.

Wearing crazy outfits for theme parties

9. Picture/s of you with people you just met

With visiting colleagues from Spain (top) and other tourists we met at the club in Saigon (below)

10. Picture/s of a time in your life that’s over, but you wishes it wasn’t.

11. Picture/s of you with/or people you miss.

12. Picture/s of you and/or someone you couldn’t live without.

My Family

13. Picture/s that describes how you’d like to spend everyday.

14. Candid picture/s of you.

15. Picture/s of one of the best days/nights of your life.

Making my parents proud; by graduating in College (left) and playing in the snow for the first time (right)

16. Picture/s of your past.

The evolution of me 🙂

17. Picture/s of your future.

To explore, experience and expect more from this life’s journey

You can check out my bucket list 🙂

For now, as I walk in this life’s journey, I try to enjoy every single steps I take.

“Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” -(Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

the future looks bright 🙂

Everyday, we make memories.. Let’s paint our lives with happy ones.

DISCLAIMER:  I do not claim ownership of some images  shown in this post.
FOR OWNERS OF THE PHOTO/S: If it happens that you see your work posted here, and you don’t want it to be, and you want it removed/credited, just email me with the link of the photo here: nfvila@yahoo.com Thank you! 🙂

Once in awhile I get the chance to meet my girlfriends from the Ad agency I used to work in Makati for a dinner. The night will never be complete without having a cup of coffee, tea and dessert after. Instead of going to our favorite coffee shop, we decided to try the most talked about newly opened J.Co Donuts and Coffee in Greenbelt 3 (The 3rd branch here in the Philippines).  J.Co is originally from Jakarta Indonesia opened in 2005. Since then the craze swept across Asia where they captured the hearts and palates of donut and coffee lovers in Singapore, Malaysia, China and now the Philippines. Aside from gourmet donuts and coffee, they also have frozen yogurts.

We  ordered the assorted dozen so we can try the variety of flavors. Of course we never want to miss their best seller “Alcapone” a J.Co’s signature product. It has white Belgian chocolate and topped with Californian almonds.

Their donuts are soft, chewy and not so sweet. Something that I really look for in a donut. They really taste good with or without coffee. Now I know why people are patiently standing in the queue for almost an hour and keeps on coming back.

And yes, we are one of those who stand in the queue for an hour and a half just to experience their donuts.

 So far, my favorites are: Green Tease, Tiramisu and their signature donut Alcapone.

If you want to bring some at home, make sure to keep it in 18oC cool temperature first and then just re-heat to enjoy!

I can’t wait for the opening of J.Co Donuts branch in Alabang Town Center.   It will be very convenient for me then. 🙂

Check out the prices and the punny names of their donuts below.

For more information, you may visit their website at http://www.jcodonuts.com

 

Repurposing is a creative way of finding new uses for old items you’ll see around your home and it’s also a fun way to help our environment 🙂

Found this unused shower curtain rod when we transfer. So instead of throwing it out, I thought of why not use it for my accessories.