Sunrise and the hope it brings

Yesterday was Kathryn Bernardo’s birthday. Today is mine.

11am. I am lying on my bed (still) , wide awake but with no intent to get up anytime soon. This community lockdown indeed is taking its toll on me. It’s my birthday and I can’t go out to celebrate. Nor people can come and be with me today. HAPPY? BIRTHDAY, HUH, CORONA.

My mom is cooking downstairs. I assume its for me. I smell onions being sautéed and I heard there’s ice cream on the fridge. My sister is in the supermarket now, too. I knew since she just sent a message telling that the line to the store is already long. Hmm.. I wonder what she’ll get.

My niece and nephew are watching the Tagalized SpongeBob SquarePants in the living room. And now, I wanted to go down and play with them.

I can’t seem to find the words to connect these thoughts that I have but sincerely, I was just sad last night and this morning, I realized it is not that bad.

And thinking about it, it is not so 28 year oldish to be upset with having to celebrate your birthday at home.

Home. The only place which toilet seat I trust. The place where my most beloved reside. And this time, we are together the whole day. I wish there’d be cake but I’m 28 now so I’ll try my best to go along without it.

Besides, most families in our country now struggle to have anything on their plates. Who am I to ask for more? How selfish of me to question what I have while most people can only wish for a shelter in these trying times.

If there is anything I can wish now, it’s for the fast recovery of COVID-19 patients and COVID-19’s cure to be discovered as well.

For the frontliners to have more strength in battling this invicible enemy. For the elderly to feel secure and cared for. For the families in the streets to meet their comfort. I wish for the whole world to live a normal life again.

Every new day is a new beginning for everyone. Just as the sun rises after every night, hope soars with its every ray.

Yesterday I was sad. Today, I am hopeful.

The unseen heroes: Garbage collectors

As of this writing, the Philippines is under state of calamity due to the ongoing outbreak of corona virus.

Metro Manila is under community quarantine while other neighboring cities also take precautions in minimizing the spread of the disease.

Classes are suspended for a month and some business establishments declare temporary closure. Private workers are encouraged to stay at home as well. Some are granted work from home, while others are on forced leave.

But there are workers who just can not take a leave because their job directly involves treating the infected. They are the frontline health workers to whom we are very grateful.

During the beginning of the quarantine, many problems arised such as shortage in surgical masks, disinfectant hoarding etc. Making it hard for the frontliners to fulfill their job properly as well. But thanks to the Filipinos bayanihan, support for our hardworking healthworkers are pouring.

Now that our hardworking frontline health workers are receiving the support that they deserve, can we also turn our attention to another group of heroes who brave the very thing that we all fear most in this pandemic.
The unseen heroes not just during this time but actually every single day of our lives.

Garbage collectors risk their lives being exposed to can be free of it.
They work under the heat of the sun traveling with the trash that we discarded useless, even dangerous. Without PPE. 😢

Also under the possibilty of acquiring COVID-19 due to improperly disposed used surgical masks and many more other diseases.
All this for a below minimum salary.

I hope we can spare whatever we can to help those who might be needing it more.

They need hygiene kits too.
They need food too.
In this trying times, they need our support too.

In our current state however, where actions are limited during this community quarantine, let us help them by simply disposing our masks properly.

Designate a paper bag in your household to which you will dispose all your used face masks.
Put labels on it so our garbage collectors would know and could take more precaution in disposing it.
Cut the strings to make sure it can’t be used anymore.

I hope this post reaches those who can extend help to our ever hardworking garbage collectors, street sweeper, garbage truck mechanics and everyone who works for the maintaining of cleanliness in our country.

Kudos to everyone!

Mabuhay ang bayanihan.

Buying Guide for Female Racers Off the Trail

Motorcycle riding gear is a huge part of motorcycle riding. Whether you are a female or male biker, you’ll need to ensure your motorcycle gear keeps you safe and comfortable during your rides. Riding in the cold, extreme heat or a downpour can distract your focus on the road. If you are not well prepared with appropriate biker accessories, it will surely make your ride an unpleasant one. The guidelines here on buying motorcycle gear will help you make the best choices for your particular riding lifestyle.

Each type of motorcycle activity has its own special range of gear. Whether you are riding off the trail or compete on a race track, you will need gear designed specifically for these styles of riding. The first buying decisions can be a challenge particularly today when there are more options than ever before, whether offline or online.

Consider your initial purchase as an investment that provides you safe riding and pleasure. The golden rule to follow is, you get what you pay. This is the same for most sporting goods. Some manufacturers such as BMW or Ducati are known for a higher end product, but as in their name alone, you can trust you’re getting top quality and design.

Motorcycle Rider Gear Essentials Include:

1 Helmet: There are many types of motorcycle helmet. Choose one that meets your type of riding.

2 Gloves: Leather is your best bet. Gloves should cover and extend beyond your wrist bone (gauntlet style). If not fully leather be sure at very minimum the palms are fully leather. Gloves should have no open areas exposing skin and be flexible enough for good use of levers/controls.

3 Motorcycle Jackets: armour in elbows, shoulders and an internal back protector.

4 Pants: sturdy material with armour in knees and hip area and allow for flexibility.

5 Sturdy Boots: boots which come above the ankle and cover the ankles for protection. A grippy sole and without laces if possible. Laces come undone and can catch on footpegs which can be hazardous.

Tip: Careful not to buy too small as it can be pretty uncomfortable wearing tight gear.

Get Your Crowning Moment at Headtown Salon and Spa

For beauty entrepreneur Ms. Det Sarrol-Fuentes, opening a one-stop glam destination started out as a personal advocacy. “I grew up in a close-knit family of mostly female members and coming from an exclusive school for girls, all my life I’ve been surrounded by women who share the same passion for beauty,” she said. “I was a frequent salon visitor growing up and have tried numerous services and with that I have grown to become particular with the kind of service that I want. This has eventually inspired me to put up a salon where I could hopefully give my clients the satisfaction and consistency of expert styling and stellar service.”

Entering the beauty industry, prompted her to invest in professional development and constantly push her team to be on top of the current trends. She’s not only determined to come up with an upscale salon that puts premium on client-servicing, but also keen in making sure that potential customers feel at home knowing that they are being handled by experts.

Located in the bustling city of Makati, her newest venture called Headtown Salon and Spa takes enormous pride in bringing out the best in every person. “We want our salon to be an Urban Beauty retreat where clients can experience total beauty and relaxation at an easy access location.”

The beauty and pampering hub offers world-class styling, hair dressing and pampering that go beyond fab and fad. Whether it’s a change in your ‘do, a mid-day massage, or a fabulous makeover to get you in the mood for a night out, Headtown Salon and Spa guarantees that you’ll leave the salon looking and feeling like a royalty.

If you’re looking for a great place to spend the day for a rejuvenating beauty treat, then you’ve come to the right salon. Headtown Salon and Spa has an innovative pool of stylists that takes good care of your beauty needs. Ensuring luxury experience that represents the top standardsof the hair, beauty and pampering industry, the entire team, as headed by its salon owner Ms. Det Sarrol-Fuentes, guarantees clients of an amazing glow and quality me-time.

What sets Headtown Salon and Spa apart from its contemporaries is that it has a unique styling space, with exclusive VIP rooms that allow professional and freelance make-up artists to book a space for their clients, and double as a venue for workshops and events. And as a way to empower women to express their individuality, the top-notch full-service salon offers one-on-one tutorial services for hair styling and basic make-up application. With inclusivity and empowerment as two of their core values, the beauty startup positions itself as a game- changing potential that is emblematic of what the salon industry should be: fearless, bold, and constantly evolving with the times.

Book an appointment by calling Headtown Salon and Spa +63917 553 3838.
The salon is located at the 2F Shops at the Ayala North Exchange.
Like and follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/headtownsalon

Los Angeles Restaurants with Private Event Spaces

When planning for any event, there are many details involved depending on the type and the size of the event you will be holding. If it is going to be a big event, then you will need to organize a good reliable team to help you handle all the details such as looking for a venue, getting the speaker or speakers, handling entertainment programs, publicity, getting of sponsors, recruiting volunteers, and etc.

If the event that you are planning is a private event, you may not need a team but you will need a planning check list to help you. Ideally, you will have ample time to plan for the event. With a check list, there is less chance of you missing out any important details. First on the check list will be to set a date for the event. Once a date is set, the next thing to do is to get a venue to hold the private event. Some popular venues may be heavily booked, so it is advisable to book a venue as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you are new in event planning, you may need help in locating the list of suitable venues e.g. hotels and restaurants with available private event spaces to hold the event. One of the easiest way is to check out online and you will probably come across Archive Rentals which provides event services including venue, designs and styling to their clients.

If you are holding a private event in Los Angeles, some of the best hotels and restaurant to consider are 1 Pico, 101 North Eatery & Bar, 1212 Santa Monica, 189 by Dominique Ansel, and many others, which you will find when you searched the internet. For future events, it would be good to locate party rentals Los Angeles for venues, event services, furniture, and etc.

Securing a suitable venue for your private event will also depend on the size of your budget. The private event spaces could be a modern chic outdoor space, a glamorous indoor venue with classic elements, crystals chandeliers, or a venue with modern architecture with posh overtones and sleek accents, or a spectacular outdoor setting dotted with glowing fire pits.

You can settle for the standard group menu or you can create a customized menu using the freshest seasonal ingredients available. Every restaurant has their unique cuisine, hand crafted cocktails, ambiance and timing to ensure a perfect and unforgettable event.

Buying Guide for Female Racers Off the Trail

Motorcycle riding gear is a huge part of motorcycle riding.  Whether you are a female or male biker, you’ll need to ensure your motorcycle gear keeps you safe and comfortable during your rides.  Riding in the cold, extreme heat or a downpour can distract your focus on the road. If you are not well prepared with appropriate biker accessories, it will surely make your ride an unpleasant one. The guidelines here on buying motorcycle gear will help you make the best choices for your particular riding lifestyle.

Each type of motorcycle activity has its own special range of gear. Whether you are riding off the trail or compete on a race track, you will need gear designed specifically for these styles of riding. The first buying decisions can be a challenge particularly today when there are more options than ever before, whether offline or online.

Consider your initial purchase as an investment that provides you safe riding and pleasure. The golden rule to follow is, you get what you pay. This is the same for most sporting goods. Some manufacturers such as BMW or Ducati are known for a higher end product, but as in their name alone, you can trust you’re getting top quality and design.

Motorcycle Rider Gear Essentials Include:

1  Helmet: There are many types of motorcycle helmet. Choose one that meets your type of riding.

2  Gloves: Leather is your best bet. Gloves should cover and extend beyond your wrist bone (gauntlet style). If not fully leather be sure at very minimum the palms are fully leather. Gloves should have no open areas exposing skin and be flexible enough for good use of levers/controls.

3  Motorcycle Jackets: armour in elbows, shoulders and an internal back protector.

4  Pants: sturdy material with armour in knees and hip area and allow for flexibility.

5  Sturdy Boots: boots which come above the ankle and cover the ankles for protection. A grippy sole and without laces if possible. Laces come undone and can catch on footpegs which can be hazardous.

Tip: Careful not to buy too small as it can be pretty uncomfortable wearing tight gear.

Love advice from Doc Pao

Sometimes, you will meet someone and it works.

Sometimes, you will meet someone and it will feel like God intervened and made you meet. Most of the time though, you meet someone and they break your heart into a million pieces and you start to wonder, “why me?”

With Valentines just around the corner, we decided to ask Dr. Paolo Bellosillo who is known for advocating living a quality life to share his thoughts on how you can protect your heart from the greatest stressor in life, a heartbreak.

What are the qualities that a woman should look for in a guy?
A woman needs to look for someone whose God fearing because if a man fears God, he will be loyal, faithful, committed, responsible, and honest. These are traits that any woman should want for in a man. A man like this will never make you worry or fear that he will go astray.

What are the qualities that a man should look for in their future partners?
A man needs to look for a woman who is capable of being their partner in life, not just in the bedroom. They need to find someone with a humble heart and someone who prioritizes their relationship over their pride.

How can you have a relationship that is good for both parties?
A relationship that preserves the dignity of the other person is always a good indication. When there is mutual trust and mutual respect, when a relationship is rooted in prayer and kindness then reinforced by communication, you know that it is beneficial to both parties.

What are your 5 tips for a healthy, smooth sailing relationship?
Pray together. When God is at the center of everything, everything will fall into place.
Communicate. As they said, almost everything can be sorted through an open and honest communication.
Be kind. If you can’t be anything, if there is no more love, then at least be kind.
Be open. The two of you are not the same person which means that you will not have the same beliefs, the same principles, and the same ideologies. In fact, chances are big that you will have different ones so be open to understanding how the other person works.
Let go of fear. Most of the time, we react negatively because of fear.

Any tips to our readers for this upcoming Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day is primarily focused on the heart, on love but everyday should always take that into account as love is a journey and a decision which both souls builds on. While the whole world celebrates it, do so in a manner where it focuses not on consumerism or material things because they fade.

Be original: play a song, sing a song, cook with love for your shared favorite dish, go to the first place where it all began with your special someone, or go to church and why delay it, say I DO, tie the knot. Just make sure the other is ready and fits in the qualities and attributes of those listed above After All when you Look Through The Eyes Of Love You Should Be Bringing Out The Best Of Me/You, Here There and Everywhere. ❤

First post using WordPress app

Welcome to my blog again. It’s been ages since I last posted that I want to go back to blogging but my case is far more severe than a writer’s block that even though I have too much to write about, I simply won’t. Any blogger there who knows what my case is called? Or is it simply our favorite word: procrastination.

I already forgot when I decided to make this blog my cosplay blog and though I have written a few related stuff, I know this doesn’t look close as a cosplay blog at all.

Too much for the negativity though, I just want to share this first step that I took to make a new post and revive this blog again.

I remember too well how I would schedule my posts in this blog years back. I miss it actually and now I’m glad I stepped out from simply missing it and moved on to actually doing something about it.

Now, I am posting via WordPress app which is free for download at Google Playstore and man, did I realize how much I missed not downloading this app before.

If you have (or have not, because I will just say it again here) read my previous somehow latest posts, I am currently in Japan right now for training. I did not bring my laptop because I plan to buy here but up to now, I am having seconds thoughts because of warranty stuff and whatnot. So going back, that is actually the main reason why I seldom blog nowadays. Which points me back to this WordPress app.

Sure blogging on a larger screen is great but in my current situation and (e.g. lack of resources), blogging via app on a 6in. mobile phone is better than nothing.

I guess this is what they mean by make the best with what you have, because indeed, i only have my phone, an incredibly way faster internet connection and sleepless nights which I wasted in social media few months back.

Now, I hope I get to bring back Castles in the Air to its state just as before and I wish to gain friends again through this.

Any tips on how to effectively blog using only mobile phone? I would love to hear from fellow bloggers too. I hope you can help me keep the blogging fire in me burning.

P.S.

No photo because I am still exploring the app. ?

Almost 2 months here in Japan and I still can not believe that I am actually here. Japan life is very convenient compared to my life in the Philippines but I still miss my home and the people I used to always be with. Cosplay conventions, jamming over electro voice at musiciansfriend.com, food tripping or simply just strolling around with my best friends. I really miss them a lot.

Finding refuge in music

It has been two weeks since I came here in Japan. While the excitement is still there, I can not hide the fact that I miss my family and friends in the Philippines so much. As form of enjoyment, I listen to Filipino music from time to time but without forgetting to learn Nihongo as well. Music does magic and it gives me a sense of being at home somehow. At times, I would browse through my favorite music shop and look for new stuff like denon dj at guitarcenter.com and imagine I was playing it with my friends back home. Being alone is never easy, no matter how beautiful or convenient the place is, home will always be where your heart will be.