A Little Tag Q & A for All of You

Hello readers, I was just tagged in a Q&A by Donatella of Shamelessly Addicted to Caffeine,  I have never done one so here goes nothing but first the rules

So, the rules are:
1. Respond and rework: answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.
2. Tag seven other people

  1. What is your current fashion obsession? Ripped boyfriend jeans and white v-necks
  2. What is your current makeup obsession? Obsession is a strong word. I wouldn’t say it’s an obsession but I’m starting to like wearing dark red lip color. 
  3. What are you wearing today? White v-neck and printed maxi skirt with side slit
  4. Nail polish? messed up burgundy or maybe it’s just deep dark red? 
  5. Morning go to? Nescafe 3-in-1 coffee, Whole Wheat English Muffin with peanut butter while watching my shows online
  6. Why is today special? Because I’m alive.
  7. What would you like to learn to do? after a week in Hawaii, definitely surfing.  
  8. What’s for dinner today? I have no idea. But from what I already ate, dinner won’t fit into my macros anymore. 😦 
  9. What are you listening to right now? Silence.
  10. What are your essentials when traveling? My phone’s charger and power pack, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, & perfume. 
  11. What’s your style? I really don’t have a certain style. As long as I feel pretty and sexy in it, then I’ll rock it but I’d say my style is all about simplicity. 
  12. What is your most challenging goal right now? COMPLETELY accepting and loving myself. 
  13. Name the things you cannot live without? things? I don’t know about things but I know I WON’T live without my family. See what I did there? 🙂 ❤
  14. How was your childhood? Rollercoaster. 
  15. What would you like to have in your hands right now? My mom’s hands.
  16. What would you like to get rid of? My negative thoughts.
  17. What are you most excited for? Finish my last semester. 
  18. What is your favorite weather? hot summer days!
  19. Which countries have you visited? USA, Canada, Philippines
  20. What do you associate when you hear the word “blogging”?  Sex and the City. LOL
  21. What is something you love about yourself? This is actually a question that I just added yet I’m having a hard time answering it. I’ll get back to you on this one. :/

Now it is time to nominate 7 amazing people

Cosmic Beauty Voyage

Onomatopoeicbliss

The Monching 

Swajithkas

The Swedish Kiwi

Silent Perception 

Amee

Hope you enjoyed this little Q & A loves. If you were not nominated and would still love to do it, make sure to tag me and let me know. It would be nice to get to know a little bit about all of you. See you around! ❤

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25th Birthday! Another Journey Begins

I just recently celebrated my 25th birthday a few weeks ago and if it wasn’t because of my family and friends, it would’ve been just another day for me. I kinda stopped getting excited about my birthday since after I celebrated my 21st.

Birthday is a day to remember the moment we were brought into this world. However, it hasn’t been like that for me for so long. Instead of looking back and remembering that day, I look back and celebrate all the days after. Those are the days that, I think, are more important. Days that make us who we are today. I always say this and I’ll say it again. I may not be where I want to be at 25 but I am grateful for all the successes, failures, pains, heartaches, happiness, and mistakes I’ve been through. It is so easy to regret some of the things that happened in my life but I try not to think that way now. I believe 100% that things do happen for a reason and everything is a learning experience. I am just thankful for another year that has gone by and another chance to make things right and make things happen.

Thank you for my family and friends who greeted and celebrated with me on that day and the days after. ❤ Check out #piasjourneyto25 (click the link or go to your instagram) to see all my posts from the day after my birthday last year leading to my birthday this year. 🙂 What should be my next hashtag? LOL

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My family ordered from Dominos and we stayed in and enjoyed some quality time. 

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“Happy Birthday Ate (Big Sister) Pia (my nickname)!” This was my birthday cake from my little bro who’s only a year younger than me. He always makes sure that I have a birthday cake and candle to blow on my birthday. ❤

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The next day, my ladies took me to lunch at a cute local restaurant in Downtown Jersey City called Marco & Pepe. 

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My second birthday cake courtesy of Mado and Anna. Thank you girls! ❤

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“I stopped wishing for material things in life because I accepted the fact that those things don’t really last. Instead, I wish for peace, strength, comfort, & acceptance. Peace of mind that will let me go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning contented and happy. Strength to overcome any troubles in life and the comfort that my family and friends are always safe and sound. Finally, I want to be able to accept myself completely and love everything about me, faults and flaws included.”

Young Woman Died Due to Diet Pills

I recently saw a news report from my country, Philippines, where a young woman died due to overdose with slimming pills. The 19-year-old woman was scheduled to participate in her last beauty pageant and decided to purchase slimming pills online. She took more than what she’s supposed to take and started vomiting, suffered extreme stomachaches and eventually died couple of days after. After seeing this video on social media, I commented and expressed how I felt about the issue:

Kahit FDA approved pa yan (though it was approved by FDA), any medicine taken more than the recommended dosage, makakasama padin (will still cause harm) and unfortunately in this case, nakamatay (death). The main reason why women in the Philippines stress over their weight and image is because of the standard and the pressure society is putting upon them. Women feel pressured to lose weight and look as skinny as the women on tv because they see a lot of models and/or artista (artists) in the showbiz (entertainment industry) complain about their image or their weight even though they’re already “skinny”. May mga artista/models, ang payat na tapos (There are artists that are already skinny then) publicly magrereklamo (complain) na “Ang taba ko na!” (“I’m so fat!”) “Kelngan ko na magpapayat” (“I need to lose weight!”). Of course map pressure talaga mga tao (some will feel pressured). Change the way you think and that change must start from the people in the public eye.

I’m not gonna lie. I’m one of those people who feel pressured to look a certain way. Slowly and surely, I’m trying to change my way of thinking. News like this makes me really sad because I know what these young women are going through. I may not know EXACTLY what they’re thinking, but I pretty much have an idea. I came that close to doing WHATEVER, and I mean WHATEVER it takes just to get “skinny”.

Take this post as my informal letter to those who feel insecure about their weight or how they look, those who feel pressured to look a certain way. It’s normal to be insecure. It’s human nature. We want to look like those women we see on tv, billboards, and magazines. There’s nothing wrong with them at all. Most of them work so hard to look that way. However, let’s not make them the standard of beauty, because as cliché as it is, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

People thought I looked sick and malnourished when I was at my lowest weight, while others thought I was sexy. When I started gaining weight and muscles, people thought I looked too muscular and manly, while others thought I looked strong and…..sexy. You see, either way, I looked sexy. It really depends on who’s looking. The only consistent thing during both times was me hating on myself, feeling insecure.

What I’m trying to say here is that it doesn’t matter what other people think of you. You have to love yourself. You have to accept how you are and who you are as a person. As long as you’re healthy and you’re taking care of your body, it doesn’t matter if you’re a size 00 or size 12. Remember that what other people think is irrelevant. Loving yourself and appreciating who you are have to start from YOU. Once you learn to accept everything about you, flaws included, you will feel confident and that confidence will make you look and feel sexy.

🙂 ❤