Hair Coloring with Herbatint!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

I didn't know that I was very conscious of my white hair until they started appearing!  I used to have a really nice jet black hair.  No signs of white hair at all - and I was so proud of that.  Then in the recent years, well - I guess with age came the white hair strands here and there.  Before when it was only a few strands, I would pull them out and even keep them for sentimental purposes.

But now, the number seemed to grow exponentially.  I have baby hairs that are white and they are very very visible.  I felt so conscious.  I realized, this was the reason why my parents always have a box of hair dye in the house.  I used to think it was shallow - but you know what, when it happened to ME.  It's not shallow anymore.  Hahaha!

There are quite a few things that I dislike with DIY hair dyes - one is the strong scent and the other - the sting that you feel on your scalp once you put the product on your hair (and it touches the scalp).  I really really really dislike the smell, most if not all have this very strong sharp scent that *pricks* my nostrils.  I am not a newbie when it comes to hair dyes, as I have been always the go to person of my mom when she needed to dye her hair.  So, you can say that I assumed that hair dyes always have this sharp scent.  I was used to it, so it was the norm for me when it came to DIY hair color.

Recently, I noticed that my white hairs were becoming very very visible.  My Panget noticed too that it was getting quite a lot.  I was surprised when he told me, as he's not the type to say anything actually.  So when he told me, I automatically became conscious.  Just as I was contemplating on which brand to try (there are a lot of new ones around) I suddenly received a package - it was two boxes of the Herbatint Permanent Hair Color!

It was meant to be.

And so that night, I made sure to try it.

Confession - I only dye my roots.  Hahaha!  Since I have long hair, I felt it was too much work for me to do it myself.  But then - I was getting really tired of seeing my unmatched hair color.  So I decided - to use the whole box for my long hair.  I was honestly contemplating - but then I said to myself - do it now, since I had time in my hands.  And I did.

I was not able to take pictures as I was having a very difficult time maneuvering.  I was a one man team.  I had asked my Panget to help, but instead I felt that I would be doing it more correctly than instructing him to do this and that.  Hahaha!  Sorry, Panget!

It was quite a challenge to be honest, but you know what - I pulled through!  I was so proud of myself!  I was able to dye my own hair and not just the roots!

It was quite easy - the mixing of the product, it was getting the gel solution to my whole hair that was quite the challenging thing to me.  Since I have long hair - I had to use a protective cover so as not to stain my house clothes.  Since I didn't have the *coat* what I used instead was an apron to my back!   When the kids saw it they were teasing me that I had a cape on and that I was some sort of super hero!  Hahaha.. Kids, talaga noh?

This is the box and the contents:

Note that there are no plastic tube (which I was accustomed to) nor a brush for application.

Mixing the two gels was quite easy.  I used a glass bowl so there won't be staining.  The bottles had measurements on the side, so you'll know how much product to use.  This is quite nice since the pack can be used for 2 applications.  Just follow the lines and voila - nothing is wasted!  It was nice to see that after you mix the two liquids together it becomes a dark color.  It says in the box that the color of the mixed gel is not an indicator of the result after application.  I laughed when I saw this because, as you know people have this tendency to overreact.  Haha!!   Application took about 20 minutes. Would you believe that the gel did not cause any stinging in the scalp?  NO STING!  Great, right?  I decided to use the whole box since I wanted to even out the color of my hair.  And  I was being thorough too - especially on the roots and on the baby hairs that were very visible.  I had to make sure they're all covered as it will defeat the purpose of what I was doing in the first place when I see white hairs.  After applying the gel and endless combing, I twisted my hair in a bun and clamped it.  I also wore a shower cap.

Then I pressed the timer on my Fitbit.

I looked at it every so often because I was excited and curios on the result of the coloring.  I waited oh sooooo patiently.  When finally the 40 minutes were up, I saw that around my face - there were brown spots.  Aya!  I forgot to wipe off the drops!  Hahaha..  Good thing a hairspray trick did it's job.  Yehey!

So I showered.

The water from my hair was colored green!  I was honestly scared at first, but then I remembered what I read - that the color of the gel is not the same as the result.  Hahaha!  I used the shampoo and the cream conditioner included in the box.

A very happy observation - my hair was not very tough when I was shampooing it.  In my experience with other brands (and other methods of coloring), the hair is usually very tough (matigas), but with  Permanent Hair Color, it was not tough and it didn't feel brittle at all.  It wasn't very soft, but it was soft enough for me to notice the difference.

I used a blow drier to dry my hair - I don't usually do that anymore - but I really wanted to see and feel the difference.  After blow drying my hair - it was soft and it didn't have that very sharp scent.  It had a faint scent that was negligible.

Here is the result:

Look, no more white hair!  Yehey!  My whites were all covered and they're a shade of brown now.  I'm so happy that my hair has now a uniform color!

Herbatint is available in all Healthy Options stores.  Price wise, I think its a little over P1,000.00, quite pricey - but if you read the label - it's plant based so it's safer than most brands.

The sad state of the QC Central Post Office

Friday, October 20, 2017

It was just sad.  Very very sad.

When I entered the compound, I noticed that it looked not maintained.   The plants were all dried out.  The pebbles on the driveway made me think, was it really a pebble finish or was the pavement broken into pebbles through time?  The pebble wash steps and lobby were breaking up.  It stopped me and made me look around.  It looked empty and forgotten.

The lobby are was spacious, it was lacking chairs - what they had instead were , blue colored wooden benches for patrons to sit and wait.  The lights were dim and it was a bit dark inside.  It was dirty (in my standards) and not sanitary.  I am very particular with cleanliness, and the lobby - well, it was below my standards.

The queue was a bit confusing.  I always notice that in government office, the security guards seem. to be part of the government work force.  People ask them for details and assistance, and they answer with directions and motions to where we should wait and sit.  It's not part of their job, but they help anyway.  Something good, right?

I remember a long time ago, when I picked up a parcel from this same post office, that it took very long, the wait I mean, because they still had to *locate* the package.  But there were very few people claiming packages.  But this time, a LOT of people were claiming packages.  So I had to wait in line.  Just as I was about to give up on the wait, I bumped into our postman.  His name is Larry.  Larry has been our postman since 1989.  He has witness my *growing up* and so when he saw me, he immediately asked what I needed.  I told him that I was claiming a package and the line was long, that I was thinking of going back the next day.  He said that he'd help me.  So he took the details of my package, the tracking number and the en route date.  He led me at the back office and told me to wait.  I was so thankful to bump into him - at least I knew that my package was *moving along*.  After a few minutes, he came back to me and said that they were still locating the package.  He then led me to the 2nd floor where I saw the whole floor with tables and chairs and mini pigeon holes.  There was a waiting area by the stairs and we waited there.

I noticed that the vinyl tiles were not complete.  Ceilings were partially open, pails were on the floor to catch rain water, stand fans scattered across the floor.  It looked really really sad.  I felt disheartened.  Since I knew Larry from a long time ago, I felt very sad at the state of his place of work.  Larry is one of the hard working loyal government employees I know.  And it saddens me to see the condition of his work place.

While waiting, we got to talk.  I told him my observations on the place.  That it was not maintained, the ceiling were open and there was a lack of ventilation/electric fan on the area.  But despite it looking *kawawa*, the spirit of Christmas is very much alive.  Despite the sadness of the state of the office, the people inside were very jolly - I was amazed and heartbroken at the same time.

For the life of me, these government employees - these postmen and women work hard day and night to deliver letters, packages and the like.  But I feel that their place of work has disrespected their livelihood and what they stand for in the country.  I asked the officer of the day - Mr. Bayona, why this is the state of their office building, he told me - there was no means to improve on it, so they just live by what they are given - the deteriorating building.  He mentioned that most of the time, they use their own money to spend on electric fans and the upkeep of the place.  In his words *Tiis, tiis nalang po*.   It's so sad because these hard workers deserve better - they deserve more compared to the other government employees.  In this sad state, Larry told me - that he has paid for his kids' studies by being a postman.  That his kids are scholars in their respective schools.  That even if the pay is low, his salary is on Salary Grade 8 - he has a stable job and they're quite okay with it.  He says that because of his job in the PostiOffice, he was able to get loans to get by.  In his words *Nairaraos ko naman po ang pamilya ko sa pagiging kartero.  Marangal naman po ang trabaho*  When he said those, I felt bad and good at the same time.  Bad because I did nothing to help him, and good because despite where he is in life - he is still very positive.

 I want to help these postmen and women.  I really want to.  Do I contact the Mayor?  Does the local government have a say in the up keep of the post office?  Please help with inputs.  I would really appreciate it.

When I see the news especially those Mocha Uson and those personalities that are appointed jobs in the government that don't deserve it really - I feel so sad.  I mean, the salaries of these personalities can be given to those more deserving like our postmen and women.  I wish I can do more for them. These postal office employees deserve better.  They work rain or shine to deliver letters to us and the government should be giving them more for their efforts.

On a different note, I finally received my package from AliExpress.  I will make another post on this.

The Odd Couple: Heard of Facebook?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I like enjoy watching Matthew Perry on screen.  But during the flight to HK, I already saw Friends.  On the flight back to PH, I thought - why not watch The Odd Couple.

And so I did.  I enjoyed it, but missed the gang.  There was something though, that was said in the show that left me thinking.  It was something that Felix said about Facebook.

Oscar (Matthew Perry):  Not everybody wants to share every painful detail of their life!
Felix (Thomas Lennon): Oh really?  Heard of Facebook?

This made me laugh out loud and think - it was so true!  I do see rants and raves on my FB feed, and so much opinion of so many many people all over.  I've read dramas from people and sooooo much more!  I'm honestly surprised to see that people are comfortable sharing intimate details in their lives in Facebook posts.  It's shocking to be honest, but hey - FREEDOM OF SPEECH RIGHT?

I hope people will understand that freedom of speech doesn't meant abuse of speech.  We all know our limits.  Think before you type.  Think thrice before you click the POST button.

If you can't be kind, be quiet.  I love love love this saying now and I try my best to follow it.  It's hard but you know what - it really helps.  Hahahahahaha.

As my mom would always say.  Less talk.  Less mistake.


There is Forever Love in Del

Saturday, October 07, 2017

What are my secrets to a long lasting relationship with my loved ones?  Well for one - LOVE, communication, patience and understanding.  One thing I learned being married for 8 years is tolerance.  Well you see, every single one of us is different, we each have our own quirks and habits which irritate the life out of one another - but since there is LOVE, we tend to turn a blind eye on somethings.  As the saying goes *Don't sweat out the small stuff*.  I have lived and breathe on this saying with my loved ones.  If it's not a very big issue - then let it go.  If it's an issue, then discuss and compromise.  We can't always win, right?  Communication is key too.  Learning to use the right words and the right methods to put forth your message is very important too.  Saying things when angry is a no-no but you know what, it happens so what I do is just breathe deeply and then say this in my head *Lord, Ikaw na bahala*.  Patience is a virtue, a really really hard one for that matter, and so it's very important that we exercise this all the time.  It's hard - but you know what, whatever keeps the peace - IT'S WORTH IT.

We personally use Del Fabric Conditioner.  Thus, when I saw this on Nuffnang's page, I made sure to make an entry.  And my first entry I think in - forever!  Hahaha.  I have picked this brand over other brands since having kids.  Believe me when I say, that I have tried so many brands out there and only Del has passed my standards.  My kids are Del Fabric Conditioner babies.  They have eczema, and I was told that using Fabric Conditioners have a not so good effect on their skin, but you know what - Kailee is 6 and Connor is almost 5 and they're doing great!  Hahaha.  No skin irritation for the past 6 years - amazing right?  A lot of professionals will tell you to stop using fabric conditioners but I risked it and well, we're very happy with the result!  This is the only brand that my children can tolerate and that smells oh soooo wonderful.  The scent is really long lasting and and the best thing for me is that - it's not overly fragrant.  There are other brands that you can distinctly smell from far away.  Did I already say that the scent is long lasting?  I think I did - hahaha!!  Del Forever Joy and Love now has 15x longer lasting bangoooooo versus a regular detergent brand based on consumer test in Metro Manila.  So even if my Connor is overly pawisin - he's clothes remain to be daintily fragrant.  Perfect, right?

Every week, I purchase this for the family.  

Here we are, Forever in love:

Visit Del's Facebook Page - to learn more!

Chef Donita Shares Jolly Heart Mare Canola Oil-Healthy Tuna Recipe


“Chef Donita Shares Heart-Healthy Tuna Recipe”

The rewarding experience of sharing a feast is just one of the many perks of cooking especially for Filipinos, and Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil Ambassador Chef Donita Rose happily shares her passion for cooking among Filipinos by doing her rounds at the country’s top festivals, such as the recent General Santos City’s 19th Food Festival.

The annual Tuna Festival not only celebrates the city’s leading tuna industry, it’s also a venue to relish some of its tastefully prepared local dishes with family, friends, and revelers.

During the weeklong annual festivity, one of the highlights is the cooking demo of the esteemed celebrity chef Donita Rose, wherein the island’s abundant marine resources take center stage with tuna as one of its star ingredients.  

“As a food-centric city, it’s important for every household to look for ingredients and learn cooking techniques that are beneficial both for health and satisfaction of the whole family,” said Donita.

Additionally, it’s a fun-filled treat to General Santos City’s local moms and foodies who were able to sample Chef Donita’s own rendition of a tuna dish using JollyHeart Mate Canola Oil. Heart-healthy and budget-friendly, it’s an oil that’s highly versatile, imparts a neutral taste to almost all types of dishes, contains Vitamin A, and clocks in lowest for saturated fat.

“We must always be conscious that the ingredients we use should be good for the heart, like Jolly Heart Mate Canola oil which contains the lowest amount of bad fats (saturated fats) but packs in the good kind like omega 3 and 6,” Donita shared.

Tuna is well-loved for its flexibility, whether baked, broiled, grilled or fried. That’s why in perfecting dishes using tuna as the main ingredient, Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil is a credulous pair for almost all types of cooking techniques because it’s also packed with heart-friendly omega 3 and 6. As someone who believes that food preparation and ingredients play a pivotal role in eating healthfully, chef Donita imparts tips and tricks that will make any dish irresistible, less sinful, but still tastes good!

“We are very happy that Donita continues to be the brand ambassador of JollyHeart Mate Canola Oil; she easily connects well with her audience given her lively personality. Her passion for cooking can be easily seen, and we believe that she can inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle by using a healthy oil like Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil in all the dishes we cook at home and especially in festivals such as the Tuna Festival,” added Zen Prudentino, Fly Ace Corporation Group Category Manager for Jolly Heart Mate Canola oil.

Don’t miss chef Donita as she promotes heart-healthy cooking ideas among all Filipinos across the country, one regional food tour at a time. Next month, she’s stopping over at the Ilocos Region for the Raniag Festival in Vigan for another round of live recipe demo and inspiring kitchen tips that moms and home cooks will love.

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Digital Walker SALE October 6-8, 2017!!

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Yes, it's nearing that time of the year again!  And to start it off, well DIGITAL WALKER is having their 2nd #DWChristmasComesEarly SALE this weekend - October 6-8, 2017!

See you at the Megatrade Hall 3 of SM Megamall!!

For a sneak peak, here are some items that will be on sale this weekend.