#NeverAgain - Marcos. NEVER AGAIN

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

I honestly DO NOT UNDERSTAND why people still vote for the Marcoses.  I don't want to make insults to persons because that's not how I am.

I remember when I was growing up - the EDSA Revolution happened.  It was a happy moment for me because there were no classes!  It was only years later that I realized what that revolution meant to all of us.

Maybe because I grew up in the 80's and so the memories were still raw.  You can easily relate to certain matters.  Issues are still and will still feel relevant to you.  We were asked to read books - Dekada 70 by Lualhati Baustista.  Made to watch *A Dangerous Life* to make us aware of the things that happened during Martial Law.  So we can be aware and LEARN from it.

I was so shocked to learn that so many people are actually voting for BBM.  What the FUCK?  I mean seriously - WTF?

Pinoys they say forgive and forget easily.  The forgiveness part - yes, we should all learn to forgive but we should #NEVERFORGET what happened during that time.

Contrary to what people think of the Marcos Regime - Marcos did a good job for only 4 years.  It was after that re-election that he became something else.

I asked my mom about Martial Law.  She said everything was okay, except of course if you were speaking against the government.  TV was controlled, media was controlled.  She said they didn't know what life was outside Martial Law because there were no news!  They were very careful of their actions and what they said in public because it can be taken against them.  Everything was controlled.

Everyone who protested or were talking against the government were all taken into custody.  Tortured and interogated.  Some victims have lived to tell the tales.  Some died in a mass grave somewhere we don't know.

Imagine, in this day and age.  ALL your Facebook posts/status messages will be monitored.  If they find something offensive with what you posted - YOU WILL BE ARRESTED.  You cannot complain about the government's inefficiencies.  YOU HAVE NO OPINION ON EVERYTHING.

Is that the kind of life you want?
I think not.

We have always thought how kawawa China is because Facebook is not allowed and that everything is censored.  Do you also want that for your country and citizens too?

Think about it.

Think about it HARD.

I think the teachers nowadays are oblivious to the damages and sins of the Marcoses during Martial Law.  Maybe because they never heard stories of it nor do they feel it has any relevance now.

Watch this video.

I'm sure a LOT will say - these people are victims because they fought the government.  Well, aren't we all supposed to fight for what is right?  Our government is there to PROTECT us and not cause FEAR in us.  FEAR is what happened during Martial Law.

Do you want to be AFRAID again?

I sure don't!


Starbucks' ELECTION DAY treat - Buy 1 Get 1 FREE!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Being a citizen of one of the few countries that enjoys democracy, you have the right and the responsibility to take part in the election that will shape the future of this nation. Would you let this opportunity pass by?

According to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), the voter turnout in the 2010 presidential election decreased to 75.04% from 76.99% in 2004 presidential election. This year, Starbucks Philippines’ hopes to increase voter turnout and encourage registered voters to exercise their right and enjoy the freedom to choose the country's next leaders.

On May 9, you have the right to vote for the candidate that embodies your values and aspirations. Keep your voice heard and choose the next leader that will steer our country in the right direction.
In this light, Starbucks Philippines, in its mission to encourage registered voters to exercise their right to vote, launches the Care to Vote campaign that will treat Filipinos who will vote on May 9 to a One For You, One to Share (Buy One, Get One) promotion on its featured Macchiato beverages, Roasted Caramel Macchiato and Chocolate Hazelnut Macchiato.

“Starbucks strives to inspire and nurture the Filipino community even by simply encouraging people to vote. In our little way, we want to reward all the registered voters who exercise their privilege and right,” said Starbucks Philippines head of marketing Keith Cole.

To avail of the promotion, just show your voting finger with indelible ink to the Barista when you order any featured Macchiato beverage to redeem the complimentary featured Macchiato beverage. Promotion runs in all Starbucks Philippines stores that are open on Election Day, May 9 from 7am to 5pm.

With Starbucks, you can now enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend while taking part in building a better nation.

#LuxSoftTouch + Giveaway

Friday, April 29, 2016

I am a sucker for body washes.  I love love loooooove using body washes.  So every opportunity I get to try a new body wash - I grab it!

A few days ago, I received two bottles of #LuxSoftTouch and I tried it ASAP.  I even asked my Panget to try it.  Hahaha!  And he did!  Sorry, too much information!

While bathing, I noticed that the body wash didn't leave a slippery feeling after use.  It didn't leave too a squeaky clean feeling.  It was something in between the two.  One more thing, it has this very luxurious feel while bathing.  I think it had something to do with the scent.  I wanted to stay in my bath forever!  Hahaha... (Kung pwede lang noh?)

Immediately after toweling dry, my skin felt softer, soft to the touch.  Exactly like what the product promises.

#LuxPH is having another giveaway on their Instagram @LuxPH

To join, just post a SELFIE and answer *Why you love having fragrant skin* don't forget to use the hashtags #BatheWithLux and #LuxSoftTouch

You have until May 28, 2016 to make an entry.  Lux will select twenty (20) winners.

Each winner with receive a #LuxSoftTouch gift pack

Skin Savers #HealWithVaseline Lotion + Petroleum Jelly

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

There is only one person is this world that I know who likes the greasy & slippery feel of lotion on their skin - my Aunt Betty.  She would lather lotion on her arms, legs and soles of the feet and basque in the greasy feeling.  Well, she has dry skin and so I guess for her it feels luxurious to feel that (as opposed to dry itchy skin)

I on the other hand, share the sentiment of most people - I dislike the greasy feel.  So when I look for a lotion - I try it on first and when it passes my standards of the non-greasy feel.  Well - I hoard.  Hahaha!! :)  

Vaseline is a brand that I TRUST.  It is the ONLY petroleum jelly brand that I buy and use.  So when I learned that there was a lotion line from Vaseline, I was elated and excited.

When I received this package, I immediately grabbed (after taking this image) and tried the Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Restore lotion.  I was that excited!!

I tested it first on my hands.  It didn't have the heavy greasy feel (when you touch your arm) but you know that there's lotion on your hands.  You know what I mean?  It was great!  So that night, after my bath - I excitedly put Vaseline lotion on my arms and legs.

I must say the results were immediate that my Panget noticed something different.  Usually after an hour of my bath, I would be scratching my arms and legs.  Nope, it's not out of habit - but because of my very dry skin on those areas.  It was strange that my Panget kept looking at my direction every so often.  I had to ask him why and he said *You're not scratching, it's strange!*  

I feel that the Vaseline Petroleum Jelly lotion has somehow breathed new life to my skin.  And it's liberating not be scratching every so often!  I stand by the hashtag #HealWithVaseline as it really did!  I even brought 1 bottle to the office to use!  Considering that I dislike lotions (friend and family swear by my dislike!)  It's THAT effective on my skin and I'm sooooo loving it!

Vaseline did a test on leaves - look at what Petroleum Jelly does to leaves.  What more can it do for our skin!

I swear by Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.  My kids swear by it too!  And when you have a lotion combined  with Vaseline Petroleum Jelly , well that's just down right - FANTASTIC.  I'm so happy that the product is available in the market.  I hope you get to try and see the benefits of the Vaseline Petroleum Jelly lotion.  

Vaseline Intensive Care
Petroleoum Jelly Lotion
100ml is P69.30
200ml is P126.00
400ml is P225.00

I'm voting for #RoxasRobredo

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Late 2014 when talks started to go about regarding the presidential elections.  I felt for #MarRoxas.  I knew that he wanted to become President but I secretly thought that he wouldn't win.  I felt that he lacked charisma and the appeal of a President-iable.  I knew he was going to be the standard bearer by the administration but I felt sorry for him because in my mind - he wouldn't stand a chance against the one I will not mention.

I was aware of his track record.  I knew he wasn't corrupt.   I knew he was a leader.  He knew what sacrifice meant and I admired him to high heavens for stepping down and lifting up PNoy to lead our country.  But there was just something in him that wasn't winnable.  Maybe because he didn't have the usual underdog story that we all look for.

Early last year, we took the opportunity to go out of the country when the Pope visited the Philippines.  Many complained on the no work schedule.  Traffic was an issue because there were roads that were closed.  But you know what - while catching on TV what happened - there was one thing that I so very admired.  It was the logistics of the whole event.  The very organized barricade on the roads - the peace and order.  It didn't seem like the usual Metro Manila when the Pope visited.  When I got home, I immediately asked my mom if she knew who arranged the logistics, the road closures and the road barricades.  She too was clueless!  For days we wondered who was in charge because we wanted to give that person credit.  A few days after, we learned that it was all #MarRoxas.

I'm sure his name came out in the papers.  But there was no issue/big deal on it whatsoever.  Not everyone in the public knew he was behind the logistics.  There was no buzz on  what he has done during the Pope's visit.  This gesture made me think twice - I guess he's not the trapo type who would gloat in his achievements and boast them for people to remember.  He just did his job and that was it.  No one came out to congratulate him openly.  Yes, the President did but there wasn't much talk about it after.  No traction.  Maybe it was kept that way.  I don't know.

There were two candidates that I was really choosing between.  One had a very clean slate, I felt the sincerity.  While the other I thought about because that candidate was banking on DRASTIC change, change that will do the country good.  But slowly these two people would involve themselves with personalities that I can only shake my head in description.  I realized that these two people were not fit to lead the country.  Their decisions and allies have made me question their intention and potential leadership.

Thinking about it, made me realize - there was only ONE person who I would put my trust into SOLIDLY - and that was #MarRoxas.  Yes, he's not the most popular.  He's not the charismatic leader that we all yearn for.  He's a bit pikon at times.  But you know what - HE CAN LEAD.

I was part of the #SilentMajority - I really was.  I didn't want to divulge who I was voting for, I wanted to keep it to myself.  I didn't want to have to defend my choice - I didn't want argue and lose friendships just because of who I was planning to vote.

But as of last night - I am no longer part of the #SilentMajority.  I am broadcasting via my blog that I am giving my FULL support to #MarRoxas and #LeniRobredo this coming elections.

Some may question my decision and I'm sure I'll get bashed - but one thing I can say is that - I want CHANGE and I can only see the *right* changes with these two people.  I know they will WORK their asses off to make this country great again.  To be honest - 6 years is a short short time to feel the changes, but a change to the right direction is what we all need.

I have long decided to vote for #MarRoxas ever since he accepted the challenge to run for president.  What sealed the deal for me much more was when he picked #LeniRobredo as his running mate.

#LeniRobredo is as clean as anyone can get.  One thing I really really admire with her is that despite her being the wife of a cabinet member - she has remained humble and down to earth.  They have maintained a simple lifestyle.  Sec. Jessie Robredo would take the bus every weekend to go home to Bicol to be with his family.  She remained in Naga looking after the girls.  The Robredo family knows the word SACRIFICE all too well.  They have given themselves to public service and have not asked anything in return.  That for me is the truest form of selflessness - BAYAN BAGO ANG SARILI.  When Sec. Jessie passed away, she was forced into the limelight.  She has said time and again that she had no plans of running for office.  But when she saw the need to, she heeded the call of the people.  When buzz started that she is being wooed by #MarRoxas - I thought to myself, she was the perfect running mate.  She doesn't have ambition to be come more than what she is.  She's humble and down to earth.  She still takes the bus when she goes back to Naga.  She commutes, she falls in line - she's a NORMAL person.  She's us.  She's someone we all want to become - she's something we can all admire and look up to.  And so far, she has been doing a wonderful job leading by example.

We need these two people to lead us to greatness.  I know that we cannot place all our hope in them, but they're a good start in showing us what sacrifice is and what we can do to make this country great again.  Yes, change should start from us - but we need to be inspired to change.

I have this favorite quote.  I learned of it from the TV Show Prision Break *BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD* I have for a looooong time thought, wow!  Such a great line.  It was just a few years ago that I discovered that this was uttered by the great Mahatma Gandhi and the correct quote was *Be the change you wish to see in the world*

So I am doing just that - I want change, and it starts from me.  From my decision who to vote for this coming elections.

I CHOOSE #RoxasRobredo

P.S.  I will not in any way convince you to make this same decision as I did.  You have FREE WILL to choose who you want to vote in the weeks to come.  One thing I ask is that my decision be RESPECTED.  #Respeto lang

Change comes when we ourselves want change.  We can't just keep blaming the government for every bad thing we experience, I feel that's what Filipinos do that all the time.  Point fingers and blame people other than ourselves.  We say we want change yet we don't follow rules, we yearn for loopholes and the easy way out.  We rarely take responsibility for our actions.

I think, it's high time that we do out part.

Oh and another thing.  If you didn't register to vote - PLEASE JUST BE QUIET.  I mean you didn't even put the effort to register yet you have an opinion?  Stop feeling entitled to give an opinion on something that won't even matter to you.  The world has enough problems.  SO PLEASE - JUST BE SILENT. Please.