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On the second week of June, Belle de Jour offered two FREE products. Bellas can choose between Olay and Vidal Sassoon. I chose to get sassooned with Vidal Sassoon Premium Base Care. Target shipping date for Vidal Sassoon Trial Pack was June 20. Mine was shipped on June 23 and received my trial pack on June 25th.

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Time for Some Hair Care
I’m pretty sure everyone noticed the fickle weather. We have been experiencing it for the past couple of weeks and it’s quite annoying. One problem it has caused me is my hair. After shampooing, my hair would be in a normal state. Then after a few hours it would either be dry or sticky depending on the weather and the smell wears off easily. So from long to medium length, I had to chop it off again.

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Though my face is quite round and having a shorter hair would emphasize it, it wasn’t an issue to me anymore. I just need to be able to manage my hair with the current weather. I’m glad I read BDJ’s newsletter because it’s time to change my hair care.

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Vidal Sassoon Premium Base Care Shampoo and Vidal Sassoon Premium Base Care Conditioner work hand-in-hand. I normally use conditioner 2-3 times a week and sometimes depending on the weather. But for this product, they work better together.

Just make sure that before you apply the conditioner, allow the shampoo to stay and penetrate your hair. Massage and rinse it thoroughly. Then, apply adequate amount of conditioner and spread it all over. Leave it for at least 5 minutes and rinse well. My hair felt softer, manageable and most specially, the pleasant smell lasted longer. Though the fragrance is divine, it does remind me of another shampoo. Nevertheless, the smell lasted longer than expected.

In addition, the packaging is strikingly colorful and attractive. Plus, I didn’t have a difficult time squeezing out the product. The shampoo just slides down.  :)

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Get Sassooned with Vidal Sassoon Premium Base Care On the second week of June, Belle de Jour offered two FREE products. Bellas can choose between Olay and Vidal Sassoon.

Are you familiar with American Pickers and Storage Wars? How about Baggage Battles? These are TV shows which you can watch on History Channel and Travel Channel respectively.

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The Pickers – Photo from historyasia.com

American Pickers
Treasures, valuable relics, lost artifacts are waiting to be discovered. The PICKERS, Mike Wolfe, owner of Antique Archaeology, and his business partner, Frank Fritz, visit small towns to hunt down these items. It doesn’t matter if it’s hidden in a junk, barn, and garages. If it’s worth something, the Pickers will find it.

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Storage Wars NY – Photo from historyasia.com

Storage Wars
The items are unknown. The only way to see the items is to bid and if you’re lucky, it will be sold to you. Anything can happen in this show. The items are inside a box and locked inside a unit. The owner of the facility will cut the lock, raise the door and allow the bidders to peer inside for a few. After that, if you’re interested and you think that the items inside are worth it, then bid and fight for it.

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Baggage Battles – Photo from travelchanneltv.asia

Baggage Battles
See auction specialists Billy Leroy, Mark Meyer, and married couple Laurence and Sally Martin in action as they bid, buy and resell unclaimed properties. The catch, they don’t know what is inside the box, luggage or whatever container the items are stored in. They just have to rely on their instincts.

My uncle loves these shows and he would watch it over and over. I could not understand his fascination towards these shows. I admit it is kind of interesting but annoying at the same time. I hear people fight, bid and haggle. It was just too noisy for me.

Then one day, I decided to give the shows a chance. To be honest, I did enjoy watching. Though the shows have similarities, they have different characters and each has a different interest. With that, I came to understand my uncle’s fascination.

He loves the shows because…

  • you get to see the abandoned treasures or items (for the first time or see it again after how many years)
  • you learn the story and history behind the object
  • you learn about the present worth of each
  • you learn to appreciate everything you own
  • and you enjoy their conversations/ haggling moments

Watching the shows reminded me of the memorable items we kept from the past. My grandfather kept many things in his treasure chest and cabinet. I, on the other hand, also collected and kept a few items. Though mine does not seem that expensive, I think my grandfather’s items might be. Of course, we will not sell his collection.

Hidden Treasure
My grandfather likes reading novels, and the Reader’s Digest. But what he really loves is reading comic books. Keeping those in one box is not enough. Here are a few of his comic books.

Apart from reading, he also loves to take pictures. That is why we have these amazing cameras from the past.

There are many other things he bought like toys which he gave to his only son, who is also my uncle. He continued collecting toys and other interesting things and kept them in pretty good shape like the following.

Of course, here is my fair share of collections. I just hope I can keep them in mint condition.

Keeping such memorable items in our family is rare. Only a few are interested in keeping childhood or favorite items from the past. My grandmother would say, stop hoarding. I would tell her that, it’s not considered hoarding because we only keep things that we love very much.

Just like my grandfather, he loves comic books and he knows his grandchildren would want to read it. Fast forward to a few years, I never ran out of anything to read from novels to comic books. I have everything I need. My uncle, on the other hand, likes to collect vintage toys. Since it’s in good condition, we can display or play with it.

Now, it’s my turn to keep these loved items in good condition and share it along with my collection. Especially with the numerous gadgets that children can’t put down, I want my children and grandchildren to experience these memorable items from the past.

Happy Keeping!

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By the way, here is a unique find. Go visit Antique Kutingting at Unit 101 B Ground Floor, 36 Lites Building, Holy Spirit Drive, Don Antonio Heights Quezon City. They have various items from displays to furniture.

Memorable Items from the Past Are you familiar with American Pickers and Storage Wars? How about Baggage Battles? These are TV shows which you can watch on History Channel and Travel Channel respectively.

Virgin Labfest 10 at CCP

Virgin Labfest 10 at CCP

Virgin Labfest 10

THE Virgin Labfest, a festival of untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged plays will be held from June 25 to July 6, 2014 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater) and the Bulwagang Amado Hernandez. The event is a joint venture of CCP, Tanghalang Pilipino and the Writers’ Bloc, Inc. in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

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In my old blog, I have a special project called Dine Out where I list cafes and restaurants I have tried. My first Dine Out entry was Brewing Point. I have been there on certain occasions. One day, I found out that the café restaurant underwent a renovation. Finally, we were able to visit it early this year and experienced a bigger and better Brewing Point Café.

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Café & Bakery
After the renovation, Brewing Point Café and Bakery has more space for their regular customers and is now able to accommodate more customers and events. Despite the changes, the café restaurant is still the same soul soothing café with remarkable ambience. Not to mention, great food, the friendly waiters and good service they give their customers.

Brewing Point Café and Bakery is open every day from 7:00 am – 12:00 am and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The café and bakery offers a variety of food such as pasta, salads, sandwiches, and of course, bread and cakes. Brewing Point also sell imported coffee, biscuits, tea and other sweets.

While waiting for our food, I went near the counter and checked the products they are selling. After scanning every product, I decided to buy a cake. My grandmother, on the other hand, bought guyabano juice. She loves drinking guyabano juice because it is high in Vitamin A & B and a natural cancel cell killer. According to one of the staff, everyone loves this product. Many pass by Brewing Point just to buy this juice. I hope we bought a few boxes because it’s difficult to get hold of it.

Anyway, we ordered the following:

If you are near Congressional Avenue, visit Brewing Point Café and Bakery. They are located at 56 Congressional Avenue Extension corner T.M. Kalaw Street., Barangay Culiat 1116 Quezon City, Philippines. For inquiries call 4563367 / 0917-5762724, email or visit their Facebook page.

Happy Eating!

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Experience the New Brewing Point Café & Bakery In my old blog, I have a special project called Dine Out where I list cafes and restaurants I have tried.

Not everyone is familiar with this day, but everyone seems to be doing it with or without their knowledge. So grab your camera and let’s take a picture of nature because today is Nature Photography Day!

Nature Photograhy Day

In 2006, The North American Nature Photography Association created Nature Photography Day to encourage nature photography as well as promote the conservation and protection of nature worldwide.

As mentioned earlier, everyone with a camera seems to be doing this already. They take photos of anything actually. But what would make each photo more special than the others you took? I would say the story behind it and the purpose. The Nature Photography Day, my friend is a reason to take photos. Explore the natural world around you. In my case, I have to explore our little garden.

My grandmother and father both have a green thumb. (So lucky!) That is why we have different plants at home and in the province which you probably saw on my May blog post. Now these are just simple plants which you could buy at the Manila Seedling Bank compound which is now located in the Quezon Memorial Circle. The new site is now called the Quezon City Circle Garden.

With these photos, I would like to encourage everyone to plant or buy plants and place them in your home. If you do not have a garden, you can create a mini version or just place a few indoor plants. Easy!

Have a happy Nature Photography Day!

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Let’s Take a Picture of Nature Not everyone is familiar with this day, but everyone seems to be doing it with or without their knowledge.

When I was in grade school, I envied my classmates who own a set of more than 12 colored pencils. Not only that, but I also envied those who can draw well. Having these colored pencils and creating artworks put a smile on their faces.

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I know I wasn’t good at it. I tried but I just gave up and threw my artworks and art materials away. Well, actually I donated them. One day, my friend told me that there will come a time that I will be able to draw anything and won’t be shy about it.

So, I bought a sketch pad, a pencil, a set of colored pencils, water color, and tried. I’m not Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, or Vincent Van Gogh but I had enough courage to draw just about anything.

But how did color actually change my life?

First, color gave me the vision. Even if its plain black, let say, your medium is pencil (H, 4H or 8B) or hard charcoal, there will always be a vision of what you would like to achieve. Adding in colors is a good way to make it livelier. With your vision, you start to create more artworks which lead to number two.

Color gave me the proper emotions that inspire me to work and create different pieces. Everyone knows that like music, colors also have the ability to affect a person’s mood. Blue, the color of sky says peace and tranquility. Red and pink, the colors of love indicates admiration and sweetness.

Lastly, color made me a happier person. I know in number two I said emotions and you would say that’s almost the same. Well, no. The former inspires me to work while the latter gives me the proper outlook in life. Color made me appreciate life, my life more.

As I always say, life is a blank page. You just have to have the courage to pick up anything art material (pencil, colored pens, or brush) and use it to color that dull page. With that, I promised to surround myself with color such as:

My Barbarianz (Incomplete)

My Barbarianz (Incomplete)

Add more color to your life!

Clari Says live, write and draw. Let’s create DIY projects, watch movies, go on food adventures and blog it all! Follow Clari Says on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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How Color Changes Life When I was in grade school, I envied my classmates who own a set of more than 12 colored pencils.
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