Friday, 28 September 2012

Look At My Eyes, Not My Eyebrows

Ms. Phan once said that our eyebrows "should not be twins; they should be sisters."

My eyebrows are not even distant cousins.

They are mortal enemies.

They've never been similar...  It's as if my father gave me my left and my mother gave me my right.  And the left is higher than the right.  Hehehe...

Oh well...  Ms. Shields seems to have a slightly similar problem.  But no one minds, because she is gorgeous!

So, I'm ok!  I've actually just started to use eyebrow pencil, by snagging my mother's...  Hehehe!  But I've finally invested in my own.  It should be coming in the mail soon. ^_^

Eyebrow makeup
Brooke Shields

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Real Life Sunday, ed. 17

Thank you for those who actually check out my blog from time to time.  Although my following is really small, I feel very encouraged that when I do check my blog's viewer stats, there are actually people who stop by.  ^___^  Sometimes, I wonder why, especially when I go on my hiatus.  But since you do, I won't wonder so much and simply thank you!  ^___^

I've been writing a lot about my life.  I will try to review a couple of old circle lenses later (hopefully, this weekend or the one following that).  But I do not want to be so apologetic because I work... and I've been working really hard and come home very tired.  When I finally do have the time to blog, it's been a form of therapy to de-stress from my day.  And the easiest topic for me to write about is to actually talk about me and how my day/week has been, although I'm hoping to be more mindful of my viewers but am just waiting for the right time.

That was lengthy...

But it's all ok with you, yah?

I really look forward to weekends to unwind...  Although, I am pretty busy then also, I welcome change.  :)

Last week, I celebrated the birthday of my beloved Korean sister.  I was almost raised by her for seven years but I haven't been seeing her recently.  So, it's nice to get to surprise her. ^_^

Check out those bags!  You can put nickels in them...

Peace out!
Then the following day, my sisters and I tried a new restaurant, En Japanese Restaurant in Tumon.  The food was delicious!  I'm not too much into sushi (because the rice feels so heavy) but En's made me rethink that a bit.

Beautiful paintings!

The restaurant even had quotable quotes hanging on the walls.

This was Sunday:
Ready for church.

Another letter to my dear Syuzi.  I'd like to introduce her to you one of these days.

My holographic nail polishes finally came in.  I will take a photo later.
It was pretty excessive of me to purchase them.
Lastly, dinner tonight: Carmen's Cha-Cha-Cha in Hagatna!
Mole sauce is definitely BOSS!  :9
Until next time, everyone!
Thank you so much again for reading along!  :)

Thursday, 20 September 2012

It's a *Sigh* Kind of Night

Who is short, overworked, tired, but still quite cute?



"Cute?  How bold!"  Might as well admit it rather than playing that ol' modesty game...  I've played it long enough and I think it isn't doing anyone justice if I kept denying it!  Just look at this:


Money face!  I make Abe look good!


*laughs by herself*
*crick, crick*

*Sigh...*  I think I'm so funny sometimes...

So, I'm just blogging tonight to inform everyone that I am alive and well!  I've been super tired this past week.  


Imagine yourself in a room repeatedly enunciating eh-heh-heh-heh-very sound in the word "cat" to 6th graders who should have known this already since they were 1st grade, but don't, because they came from a place that did not mandate formal education from their citizens.  What do you get?  A plumb-tuckered out teacher...  A plumb-tuckered out ME!  T-T

But I really do enjoy my job!  I love the kids and my interactions with them.  But yes!  I have my moments.  We have our moments!  I think all teachers do.  Hence, the lesson for today is, "Be nice to your teachers; you don't know what they go through."  And good teachers would also empathize with what their students go through.

I need a release!  

So, I will blab about random things about my day- just let it gush out like a waterfall!  

My sister and I went to Macy's after work and simply had the most wonderful shopping experience.  I really like talking to salespeople, and the particular person who helped us out today was extremely delightful!  We were joking and laughing together, you'd think we've long been best friends!  I think good salespeople have such noble jobs.  It takes guts to talk to hundreds of strangers a day without making them feel squeamish, and there really is an art in human interaction.  Not everyone is cut out to be in sales, that's a fact.  So, I think I love her a lot already and will buy from her when I gets me some moolah!  ^-^

Next, I will show you pretty photos from Mama's garden.  Yay!

I love where I live.  ^____^  I love that my Ma loves flowers and tries her best to grow them.  She has a green-thumb, for reals!  So, I don't think the plants make her put out so much effort.  They gladly bloom for her, I think ^___^

Lastly, may he serenade you to sleep.  I love Landon Pigg's voice, kind of reminds me of Garfunkel's.

What is up with me and coffee shops?

You think you know why?  Well, snap out of it! :D

Monday, 10 September 2012

Real Life Sundays, ed. 16


I think that this definitely deserves a congratulations.

$4.50 for OPI Nail Lacquer.  I am so happy.  I can be a spendthrift cheapskates at times.  Oxymoron much.
Detours reap good things sometimes.

Onward to celebrating a birthday of a fantastic person, most especially a friend.  ^___^
A cake baked by one guy friend to another!  Cute!  ^-^

Duff- there ain't no Shelly Mae here.  You have me!  
Muah!  ^3^

Am I addicted to nail polishes?   (I bought another set T__T).  Yes... And my nail polish train case can fit a caboose.  Should I learn to save more money?  Definitely!  Spending fast commenced.  Challenge accepted!

a Moment for Tea

Have you ever wondered where I got the name for this blog?  Probably... probably not...
But why not coffee?  Why not chocolate?

Coffee is cruel to me, although I love it.  And chocolates...  Hmmm...  I would have loved to name this "a Moment for Chocolate" but it sounds so indulgent.  It is the gentle notes of tea that have truly made the most impact on my memories.

If you have been one of my pioneer readers, I mentioned that I got the idea from that one time when I was drinking tea while writing a paper for class.  My essay was on Noli Me Tangere and the role of women in an oppressive government and an even more oppressive religious system.  (Hehehe... there's a feminist of some extent in all of us.)  Then I started to address passion being a virtue and eventually wrote my first work on my personal Facebook.  The point was that we are constantly being pursued by the most passionate person in History whose thoughts about us are as "countless as the sand on the seashore."  That was a beautiful, I thought...

Actually essay time Fall semester 2010.

Many of the fondest times of my life were shared over cups of tea.

I remember acquiring the taste for that bitter liquid when my mother would make honey-lemon cups of it when I was ill.  Mother had a type of tea for any ailment.  It's funny yet amazing!  Chamomile to soothe sleeplessness.  Black tea for a pick-me-up.  Pomegranate for UTI.  Ginger to comfort an irritated throat.  Mother and tea make sweet memories in my heart.

Another moment for tea was making some for sick friends.  Just like how Mother made it: honey-lemon black tea, with a hint of ginger.  I would make it perfectly.  : )  My friend tried to make some for herself, but I was the only one who could make it just right.  She said so.  ^__^

One of the most memorable moments for tea I've ever had happened this past summer break.  Summer was fading away and was being quickly replaced by the gloomy rain clouds of fall.  Work would begin a couple of weeks later.

It was a cold morning.  I could not sleep the night before so I got up early to pray and start my chores.  By the time he arrived, it was eight o'clock- too early for most cafes to be open.  But he persisted until we came upon a small, yet lovely one, tucked in the heart of Hågatña.  The warmth of the cup felt good on my fingers.  Green tea for me and vanilla for him.  He was friendly to the barista and even tipped him.

The bricks and the cement of the sidewalk glimmered from the downpour of the night before.  And we walked.  And we talked.  Comfortable enough because we were friends.  And awkward still because we were friends...  It went on as such for a few more minutes until he brought up the topic.  He began by complimenting me.

"You're an amazing woman," he mentioned and those words burned into my head.

"But..." he went on.  "But... I don't want to ruin this friendship.  I just want to stay as friends."

Mustering a wide grin and a puzzled look. "That's exactly what I want!"  I blurted out.

Rewind back a few seconds before he dropped the bomb on me, my honest feelings were of nervousness.  I knew what he was going to say.  And I was also scared because I was not ready, not ready at all, for anything more.  But what can of worms did I just open?  So of course, there was a twang of pain.  Because no matter what wise decisions I wanted to follow, my heart was on the line.  Put simply: a rejection is a rejection.  Hehehe...

Forward after the words that exploded out of my mouth like Old Faithful, it was his turn to look puzzled.  "I just didn't want to lead you on..."  Under his breath but I heard, "I guess I was the one being led on..."

The morning walk continued pleasantly where we talked about politics and God and job applications and ants in cereal.  It was nice.  He said so, too.

The first and the best rejection "date" I've ever had.  Haha!

Well, thankfully, our friendship was not ruined.  It's a little different.  I got to know this person more and found he really is a kind person.  Moody, yes.  Does things without needing the recognition of others.  But hard to read... needs a lot of digging.  Awkward still sometimes.

Once you open a can of worms, you cannot close it to the way it was before.  But ah... now we can go fishing.  ^____^

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Poem: "Sky-watching"

For one of these days the clouds will unfold
When light peers in
Then breaks into jubilant outpouring
Revealing a dream we've always had
Realizing the Hope of hopes
Our hearts will tremble with fear
Or blessed gladness
Every eye will be lifted up to the sky
For the invisible God will finally be visible
And will bring justice forevermore
And His Kingdom will be made perfect on Earth
As it is in Heaven
Until then, I will wait on You
Until then, I will be sky-watching!


There is nothing like the skies of Guam!  Every time I look up at it, I think about Jesus, my God- who was God, is still God, and is the coming God!  Like the other poems I've featured in this blog, this is supposed to have no title of its own except for its first line.  A work in progress, I did not want to lose the draft so I got excited and decided to just post it on this blog. :)

One of the most compelling questions I've heard recently is: "If Jesus were to be here right now, would this be good for you?"  It is my earnest prayer that many people would respond with a "Yes."  But if not, it is not yet too late!  The coming God is pleading to have people like you and me to come to Him and be with Him eternally, forevers away from judgment and death.  But as much as it hurts me to say this, the clock is ticking...

I hope that you enjoy these photos that I've taken, edited, and put together.  :)

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
    and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.

Revelations 1:7

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Fairy Drops Volume Burst Mascara Waterproof Review

I've been on a diligent search of a great mascara since I did not like Sguard Rock On Mascara and most likely will not repurchase it.  :(

During my trip to Japan, I picked this one up.  I've read some really good reviews about Fairydrops and decided that I got to check out all these ravings for myself.

Fairy Drops Volume Burst Mascara Waterproof Review

What it claims: 
Fairy Drops Volume Mascara Waterproof contains Volume Up Powder, Wax, and Fiber to make "Volume Burst" in one coat.  Strong against humidity, it makes a strong curl.  As it is waterproof, sweat-proof, and tear-proof, it is good for marine sports.  You need not to worry about mess and smudge.
US and Japan patented Fairy Drops (Straight) catches even tiny lashes from their roots.  Lashes are bitten between the balls and sharp triangular bunches are made.  It pushes up making beautiful curls without clump.*

  What in the world did I just type?  Hahahaha!  XD  I'm sorry...  I was only copying the description given by because I can't really read what's on the packaging.  Seems to me, something was lost in translation?

4/5 Fairy Drops' is a thick, clay-like formula with fiber bits.  It dries quickly, is lightweight, and does not smudge.  Does clump, though.  :S

Ease of Removal:
2/5  Warm water and make-up remover does not easily remove this mascara. :(  It can be painful to tug on your lashes in order to get rid of every bit of the residue of the formula.

4/5  Significantly adheres to and thickens individual lash well.  However, the lashes will look separated and unnatural, rather than fuller, due to what the brush does to them.

5/5  Great lengthening!  The fibers really help with this.

Tenacity/Lasting Power:
5/5  It is definitely long lasting!  It is waterproof, sweat-proof, and tear-proof, and proves to last the whole day.  However, this may be why it's hard to remove.

5/5  The brush design is ingenious!  Those "balls" do get into the tightest corners and cover every lash.  There is no real trick to it, which I like.  It simply does its job to thicken, separate, and lengthen your lashes without making you try and figure out the intent of the brush, like what SGuard did to me. :(

Other concerns:
  Build-ability is good and would not take so much of your patience and time.  Actually, you only need one coat for your everyday look.  I don't curl my lashes because they are already curly, but other reviews claim it holds curls well.  Another thing to consider is that this mascara does flake... You may end up with fibers in your eye, which can actually hurt.
  I would buy it again if it's available and would recommend it to you.  The quality is great so it will be pricey.  By the way, did you know that the Fairy Drop brand is sold by Sephora now, too?  It's quality is recognized internationally, I presume.  ^___^  Overall: 4/5

Please pardon my photos.  I just came from work and wanted to get this review done as soon as I could.  So, I may not be the chiyo-est duckling out there.  ^^;;

Cute, artsy design

Notice the fibers- totally helps with lengthening!

Bottom: R: With  L: Without
(I'm doing the real depiction of my eyes, ok?  I know my left from my right.  :)  I
have a pale discoloration on my right eye.)

After work and still hanging around!  ^___^

I plan on sleeping early tonight.
Good night, everyone!

Fairy Drops

Real Life Sundays, ed. 15

Another installment of my photo diary.  It's been around three weeks since the last one.  There had been a bunch of colorful going-ons since... IF (notice the emphasis) you actually think my life is interesting enough.  XD

Of course, certainly, my life may seem as dull as dishwater, and I may just be oblivious to it.  But it's all about the attitude, baby!  Attitude!  Carpe diem is all about that!  But just don't do anything you'll be too embarrassed to tell your future husband and/or children.  :D  Hahaha!

Finally got the guts to purchase this cool photo app!  It allows more light to
your photos.  Notice that the left is with the app and the right is without the app.

Haagen Dazs' take on tea and cakes.  Fancy!

And my nails just matched the pastel of the ice cream ^.^

Guam has a vast and beautiful sky.
Prayer Walk at my friend's church.  The church property overlooks
the ocean.  Simply breathtaking!  I couldn't walk while praying,
so we sat and prayed.  ^___^

At the cross is where my life began.

Lesson on goal setting: my student is definitely getting his priorities straight :D
Oh! And they call this work??? 

And they call this work... -__- Paperwork is only fun sometimes...

The closest I can get to Tim Tebow: lil' Timmy.

"Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead
of briers the myrtle will grow.  This will be for the Lord's renown, for
an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed." Isaiah 55:13

My dearest Syuzi, I've loved you even before I met you...
My next goal is to see you. The very thought makes me very happy.  ^___^

So, was that dull enough for you?

NO WAY!  Since my photos are so fine and beautifully edited!  :P


*Laughs by herself*
*Awkward silence and crickets*

Ahem... alright!  It's been great, everyone.  Stay tuned for the next post!  ^____^  I hope you have a great hump-day Wednesday.