Migs and Alaine

Chronicles of a Happy Married Life

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Yes, I am childless and it’s none of your business

We live in a world where some people think that they can dictate the best time for you to get married and have kids. Where people are too quick to judge but never wanted to offer help.  It has always been my dream to walk down the aisle wearing a lace gown and carrying tulips. I dream of playing dress up with a baby girl, family trips and even envisioned yearly family photo ops.

Four years after our wedding and here we are sharing one roof with three rescued cats. My vision of having a “perfect family” never happened and I am not sure if it will ever happen. I have been frowned upon by some women when I told them that having babies is not on top of my priorities and was even labeled as a barren woman just because I chose to be childless. While Miguel was perfectly okay with it, I still came to a point when I became too desperate to have a baby. I ditched my contraceptive pills and we even considered adopting a relative’s kid. I was almost convinced that my life is worthless because I couldn’t bear a child. I struggled for months and I am just grateful that Miguel was there to constantly remind me that our marriage still matters to him even without kids. I realized that I should stop worrying about the things that I do not have control of. If I can’t have a baby naturally – then I should just let things be.

Last year, we visited an OB because I had an unusual menstrual cramps. Tests were made and I was told that I am healthy and can conceive anytime (fertile). I had mixed emotions. It came as a surprise because the idea of having a baby no longer excites me.

Two months later, I was not given a permit by our office physician to undergo an X-ray because my period was delayed for more than a month. I was so used to being carefree and not tracking my monthly cycle because I never experienced being pregnant. I was also busy working two jobs. I was helping a friend turned client for an almost pro-bono deal. I thought I was already pregnant but I wasn’t.

Had this happened to me two years ago, it would mean the world to me. I would have been depressed but after all that Miguel and I have been through, I could care less about what people think of me. This is my body, no one can dictate when I should have a baby or if I really should. Because a person who’s truly happy would be so busy minding their own businesses. The people who makes fun of childless couples are people who are inviting you to accompany them with their misery.

I am childless, but I am happy as I chose to be.

Celebrate LOVE month with TravelBook

If you’ve been reading our blog for some time, you already know that Miguel and I had been through a very challenging year and skipped on celebrating some special occasions like Valentine’s day. This year’s Valentine’s Day is going to be extra special because Miguel is already at the pink of health.  I would love to spend this year’s Valentine’s day in a Hotel within the Metro.  I don’t wanna travel that long and deal with our worsening traffic situation.

Miguel and I need some time off and just spend some quality time together, setting aside work and other stuff. Discovering new Hotels is one of the things that we enjoy as a couple. Disconnecting from the real world is healthy and it’s not necessary that you travel that far to do it. Especially that February 14 falls on a week day this year.

Photo courtesy of Sequoia Hotel

Do you have a favorite Hotel app that you usually use when booking hotels? My current favorite is TravelBook. What we love about TravelBook is the assurance that our Credit Card information is safe. You also have the option to pay at the Hotel!  User friendly app and website is also a plus for us. They have a lot of partner hotels and you’re sure to book a room for a discounted price that will suit your budget.  We recently signed up as an affiliate not just to earn additional money but also to let our readers know how convenient it is to book your next R and R thru TravelBook. If you notice, we do not write about products or services that we do not believe in. Did you know that you can get up to Php5,500 Hotel discount when you book a Hotel via TravelBook.ph? Enjoy these perks for this month’s Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City.

 

TravelBook.ph is one of biggest online travel e-commerce company (online travel agent or OTA) in the Philippines dedicated to offering great value hotel bookings and with a varied selection of Philippine hotels and resorts. All you got to do is to sign up, and voila’ – you can automatically get HUGE discounts from the Hotel of your choice. To book, visit http://travelbook.ph/‬.

What about you, guys? What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

 

 

This blog post is my official entry to TravelBook.ph’s Valentine’s Day Blog Contest. If you are a blogger, now’s the perfect time to be part of TravelBook Philippines affiliates by signing up at http://bit.ly/affiliatevday. We have explained on our previous blog how it works. 

 

 

 

Casa de Dios: Review

Have you guys attended a reunion lately? Miguel and I did last December 28, 2016. It was our first time as a couple to host a family event and it was exciting and nerve wrecking at the same time. We wanted a rustic themed reunion and it took us months to find the perfect venue.  Miguel came across Casa De Dios’ Facebook page. We were impressed with the photos and immediately had the venue pencil booked before we even had an ocular.

The owner, Nikko de Dios was very accommodating and patient.  I had to change the date of the event twice and didn’t even feel that he was upset. LOL! It wasn’t my intention to cause confusion, some family members just had some last minute requests that I had to consider.

Casa de Dios is located at 14 Cabrera Road, Brgy. Dolores, Taytay, Rizal. It’s about 30 minute drive from Ortigas Center. We booked the venue from 9:00 until midnight for only Php12,000.  The place is cozy and well maintained.  Ideal for intimate gatherings as it can only cater to 50 guests. Aside from the pool, they also have cabanas where you can dine or have some cocktail while chitchatting with your friends and loved ones. Their family room is big enough for 3 double beds. We took turns in taking naps that day. The balcony is not really child-friendly so, I suggest that  you keep your children off this area.

 

Everything at Casa de Dios is Instagram worthy. My photos doesn’t give this place much justice – you have to see it for yourself. I highly suggest this to people who are looking for a venue for their prenup photo shoot.

They have 3 parking slots so, I suggest car pooling. But if you really cannot avoid bringing your own car, you can safely park right across Casa de Dios ( outside the Memorial park ).

I am planning to hold a reunion with my High School friends and I am considering Casa de Dios for our venue.

Check out their Facebook page to stay updated with their promos and rates.

 

Don’t let your dishes drain your wallet

I have been loyal to a dish washing liquid brand for years but I thought trying out a new brand won’t do harm. Especially when it’s way cheaper than what I am currently using but produces the same result.  I hate washing the dishes ever since I was a kid so, I make sure that I do not spend more time doing this chore by using the right product to get the oil and grease off our dishes easily.

All dish-washing liquids in the market can get rid of oil and grease but for me, it’s the time consumed on washing the dishes that matters.  I’ve come across brands that are difficult to rinse off and that for me is not just time consuming but also a waste of precious water. Not ideal, right?

I am glad that I discovered Bubble Man dish washing liquid because I get to spend less time washing the dishes plus, I noticed that the fragrance doesn’t stay on our dishes which may add a weird taste to our food.

Bubble Man dish washing liquid comes in three variants, Antibacterial, Lemon and Kalamansi. I have a thing for anti bacterial products so, It looks Bubble Man and I are going to have a very long relationship.

I prefer using concentrated dish washing liquid but if you prefer a bubble solution, you can mix Bubble Man dish washing liquid with water and additional ingredients such as glycerin and sugar. Yup, it’s that simple.

Did you know that Bubble Man is a proudly PINOY made budget friendly,highly effective kitchen,food premises cleaner and degreaser, safe on virtually all surfaces?

Bubble Man dish washing liquid is now available in all leading supermarket and groceries nationwide. Visit their Facebook page to stay updated with their current promos.

OPPO F1s: Capturing Philippines

I spent 20+ years in Antipolo but it was only when I got older that I truly appreciate my hometown. I left Antipolo when I decided to become independent at the age of 21. Whenever I come home, I always see improvements in the city that has helped me become who I am now.  I can travel the whole world but I will always come home to my hometown. It will always be my favorite destination. Antipolo City became known because of the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage and “Hinulugang Taktak“. A lot of my relatives and friends visit the Antipolo Cathedral whenever they have business trips abroad or when they finally decided to migrate somewhere else. It has been a culture for some people to seek guidance on their trips at the Cathedral. It is also the perfect destination for people who just bought brand new cars for a test drive and even “car blessing”.

What’s not to love about Antipolo? The weather is perfect for flowers to bloom but not too cold to enjoy a pool party with friends. The famous Pinto Art Museum where countless numbers of prenup photo shoots took place can be found in Antipolo. The city is also slowly transforming into a foodie destination because of the restaurants and coffee shops that pops up here and there. Antipolo is the best alternative for Tagaytay when you want to have a garden wedding but wouldn’t want to travel for hours. My husband and I tied the knot in Callospa Resort last 2012 and our wedding was picture perfect!

Last weekend, we discovered Cafe Agusta a newly opened Coffee shop at the heart of the city and it’s overlooking view of Metro Manila is breathtaking! I couldn’t help but snap photos. Good thing I have my Oppo F1s with me. I am so in love with it’s 16-megapixel front camera because I don’t need to ask strangers to take photos of Migs and I. I even posted a short video clip of our view on our Instagram account.

How about you? What’s your favorite destination? We’d love to hear from you.

Why I chose Dearberry

Hi, ladies!

I am not a fan of makeup as I haven’t tried one that doesn’t make my skin oily or feel heavy. Most of the makeup that I have are branded and were given to me as gifts or “pasalubong” from relatives who live outside the Philippines. I am the type who’s contented in using sunblock and lip gloss everyday. I don’t even follow a certain skin care routine because I am just too lazy to apply stuff on my face and body.

But as I age, I feel my skin screaming for moisturizer and I envy women who doesn’t need the help of a professional make-up artist when attending events. Before I finally committed to be the Marketing Manager of Dearberry Philippines, I tried the products first to see if it suits my skin type. Because if the products are too heavy for my skin, I’ll end up not using them again and there is no sense in selling a brand that I personally do not believe in.

Who is Dearberry Philippines and what convinced me to use their products?

Mar.1956 JULIA Co Ltd, the parent company of FINE Bio Inc was founded JULIA, the parent company of FINE Bio, was founded in 1956 by Jung Family just 3 years after the Korean War. The Jung’s started their business from a tiny shop in Seoul with three products and one big dream. The dream ws to make better cosmetic products in quality with affordable price for Korean people who had to start everything from nothing after the war.
This philosophy has been kept strongly for the past 58 years and melted in dearberry as historical company heritage

DEARBERRY products are manufactured by such top-tier factories like COSMAX and WINNOVA to achieve the high quality standards of our products. COSMAX is the main & most important manufacturer of L’OREAL group and other world famous branded cosmetics. WINNOVA is the main & most important manufacturer of Korean branded cosmetics like TONYMOLY & THEFACESHOP.

The brand essence of dearberry is “affordable high quality cosmetics made with ingredients from nature ”. dearberry believes the simple truth, “healthy skin is most beautiful” and sticks to the basics, “firstly keep skin healthy, then optimally solve target issues”.

Dearberry products are specifically made for the Asian skin and they do not test their products on animals! I have pets at home so, I am 100% against brands who still do animal testing. When I learned these facts, I immediately sat down on my desk, opened my laptop and researched on different ways of how to effectively promote Dearberry to its target markets. I even convinced some relatives and friends to ditch their current brands for Dearberry.

 

Here are my Top 5 Dearberry Makeup favorites

  1. Magic Oil Control Primer; Php480

If you’re like me who can go to parties without bringing a “kikay” kit for retouch, then this product suits you. It’s the perfect primer for the “tamad” girl like myself. Magic Oil control primer gets rid of oil and dirt and rejuvenates your skin too! Be oil free for 4 hours with just a dab of Magic Oil control primer.

2. Photo Sharp Concealer; Php260

Magic touch to perfectly cover spots, blemish and freckles of your skin very naturally. Photo sharp comes in 2 shades, beige and light beige. This is super convenient to use and blends well to my skin tone. Perfect to hide eye bags!

3. Long Lashmellow Mascara; Php480

One and only mascara with 3 satisfying results: immediate volume, vivid color and longer lashes.
· Light-weighted setting but NO drooping or crumpling.
· No smudging all day long with triple fitting firm.
Long Lashmellow Mascara gives you the feel that your eyelashes grow longer and even longer.

4. Suri Suri Aguamenti Powder; Php 632

It makes my skin tone brighter and clearer with a natural & youthful look plus it protects my skin from the harmful effects of the sun (It contais sunscreen (SPF25/PA++)

5. Kiss Of Berry Lip Tint Balm; Php200

No other brand adds color and exfoliates my lips like Kiss of berry! You have 6 flavors to choose from! I use Blueberry.

Dearberry Skin care products are also worth every peso. I will definitely share more with you on my next article. Meanwhile, here’s a before and after party photo of me last December 28, 2016 when I attended the Filipino Bloggers Network Year end party. I wore these products on my face from 5:00PM to 8:30 with zero touch ups except for the lip tint after I ate dinner.

PS: My husband use Magic Oil Control primer too!

Dearberry products are available at the following sites:

Dearberry Philippines official Facebook Page

Shoppee Philippines

You can also check out our official website for our current promos.

 

For your Marketing and Sales related questions, you may leave a comment or send me an email at alaine@dearberryphilippines.com / alainealejandrino@gmail.com or send us a Tweet!

Love your skin and let’s all make 2017 our most beautiful year!

XO,

Alaine

 

 

The gateway to Philippine’s historial, social and cultural life

We had the opportunity to experience Zooper Cruise last December 13. It was extra special because it was the birthday of Zoomanity Group’s CEO, Mr. Robert Laurel-Yupangco. He invited some business partners, close friends and indigent kids from nearby areas for a Thanksgiving cruise and gift giving.

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The cruise was short but very educational because we were able to pass by some historical places in Manila. The Captain, Mr. Bondad did a great job in sharing his knowledge with the kids about how Manila was built. Both Migs and I studied in Manila but it was the very first time we saw it’s glory from the river. Surprisingly, the river doesn’t smell awful despite its color.

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The Malacanang Palace is such a beauty. You should see it for yourself too because tourists are not allowed to take photos around or even near the Malacanang vicinity. We were even accompanied by a Presidential Security Guard to make sure that everyone will comply with the policy.

We had a stop over at Polland Hopia – the home of the most delicious moon cakes in Manila! Well, I am being bias because Polland Hopia is one of my favorite comfort foods. Their store have a dining are where you can have tea or coffee while waiting for your friends to finish their hopia shopping.

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When we boarded the boat, the gift giving started as we head back to Valenzuela port. We were treated with a sumptuous dinner at Misono while the kids had their dinner at Dampa by the Ruins. It was truly a night to a memorable day to remember. I always have a soft spot for big companies and successful people who always take time to give back after receiving so many blessings.

Manila is such a beautiful place and we hope that every Filipino especially those who live or work in Manila will take part in caring for the City. We also hope that one day, we can make use of the Pasig river to travel so we help lessen Metro Manila’s issue with our traffic situation. By using a boat, there will be less cars in Manila and it’s also a good way of reminding our selves and the next generation of our history,

If you want to know more about Zooper Cruise, please visit their website, www.zoomanitygroup.com.ph or you may contact them at 899-9819/ 899-9824/0917-9521371. They accept bookings for educational tours, Company tours and events, anniversaries and other special occasions.

 

Beauty by Mamanee!

Having a makeup enthusiast sister-in-law, I always receive tons of makeup. Sometimes, I just end up using them once or give some to my sister and close friends. I am the type who can go out with zero makeup. It was only when I reached 30 when I realized that I need to learn how to put on makeup because its expensive to hire a makeup artist every time I have a party or event to attend. Plus, my favorite makeup artist won’t be available for me anytime I want.

When I found out that my fiend, Marie of Mamanee’s Nest is having a makeup workshop I didn’t have second thoughts of signing up. Why not? I have seen her make-up transformation and I am impressed.

Our workshop was held in a resto somewhere in Quezon City. It was an intimate workshop attended by 3 students including myself. This is the type of workshops that I prefer because I find it more personal and I get to ask unlimited questions.

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We were taught the proper way of taking care of our skin and the right products to use. I am also surprised that there is actually an easier way of finding out the perfect shade of foundation for my skin type! You have to attend the workshop to find out. You will thank me later.

I also learned the different uses of make-up brushes. I never had the chance to look up on Google how each brush should be used so, I am really thankful that I attended this workshop.

It was a short yet very educational workshop. I was able to apply everything that I have learned now that I have shifted careers from being a BPO employee to a Marketing Manager for a beauty and skin care product line. I still have so many things to learn and I do hope to see you on one of Marie’s future workshops.

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Benefits of R&R to Married Couples

Have you felt that you wanted to quit your job because of too much stress? Have you ever felt guilty because you can’t even remember the last time you and your spouse had a quality time together?

We suggest that you take some time off to Relax and rejuvenate and we have enumerated the top 5 reasons why R&R is a must to have a happy married life.

  1. Going to a place whether a hotel in the metro, the coast or anywhere that can offer a good accommodation can help you disconnect from the corporate world and focus on the most important person in your life – your spouse.

You do not have to go that far. There are many places near Metro, Manila where you can spend some quality time together. A bed and breakfast or just a dinner date in Tagaytay City will do the work. Just look online for the best resorts and hotels in Metro Manila and in nearby  provinces so you can get the best deals.You don’t have to drive far north to Baguio just to experience and enjoy the Philippines at a colder climate. Tagaytay is the best place in the south to go nature tripping. with it’s friendlier climate, moving around the city on foot won’t break you a sweat.

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2. Disconnecting from the corporate world can lead to discovering more things about your spouse especially if you’re just starting to have a family or if you have neglected R&R with your spouse for very long time.

Life is short. Do not waste it by stressing yourself too much. There are so many beautiful beaches in the Philippines waiting to be discovered. Watching the sunset while lying on the sand is one of the best experience in the world. It helps you to keep calm and relaxed. We’re sure you’ll be more productive when you return to work after a short vacation.

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3. You will discover more places. Try booking an accommodation in a far away place and discover nearby areas. Who cares if you get lost? It’s going to be a fun-filled experience with the love of your life.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     We once booked a hotel room in Makati for four days and three nights and tried almost all the restaurants around the vicinity. We didn’t even bring our car with us, but we enjoyed walking along the busy streets of Makati. Our place is a Two hour drive from Makati. It’s not that far, but there are so many things that we don’t know about the City.

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4. It is the perfect opportunity to learn a new sport. How does learning how to surf sound?

La Union and Zambales are just two of the best beaches near the Capital where the top local and international surfers gather. They even have surfing competitions happening every year. Book a hotel and spend your weekend with the best waves and learn how to surf.

 

photo from Crystal Beach Resort

photo from Crystal Beach Resort

5. Planning to have a baby? Distressing can help in your baby-making journey.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We have been trying to have a baby and Doctor said we should spend more time outdoors.

There are so many places that are waiting to be discovered in the Philippines. We have some of the Parks, Museums, Beaches, Mountain Trails, Specialty Restaurants and Wildlife, name it, the Philippines got it. You just have to do a little more research before travelling so you know what to expect when you reach your destination. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your stuff, fill that gas tank, bring some snacks and lose your self to the beautiful world out side the four corners of your office. Don’t forget your handy dandy camera to snap some instagramable photos and share it to your friends so, they too will be inspired to travel with their spouses.

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If you’re single and reading this post, this article from Thought Catalog might just inspire you to book a trip to the beach or a foreign country.

Our Shopback Wish List

Hi there!

The second half of the year is over and if you haven’t created an account at Shop back yet, well, you are missing A LOT! You may have previously shopped online and enjoyed the item that you purchased. But wouldn’t it be more fun to shop and earn cash back? I’ll be sharing with you our Shop back wish list so you’ll get a glimpse of the stuff that you can shop online thru shop back.

As you all know, Migs just recovered from Tuberculosis. The juicer that we have at home is about to retire. Having a juice extractor will be very helpful for me in serving healthy drinks for Migs. Plus, it is made by a trusted brand! I bet some of you would want one too. It’s from Lazada, and you know what that means – you have three options to pay the item. Card, installment (thru card) or pay it upon delivery (Cash-on-delivery).

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My DSLR got molds because I haven’t used it for months. So, I am thinking about upgrading my smart phone because buying a new camera is too expensive and sometimes, I am too lazy to carry a camera around. I have been reading a lot about Flash Plus 2  and I am definitely adding this to our wish list!

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Because of all the things that Migs and I have been through this year, I know we deserve another vacation! It would be lovely to spend his birthday in one of our favorite destinations – Boracay! Do you know that you can actually earn cash by booking a flight at Expedia thru shop back? Look at this great deal.

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That completes our wish list! I would love to read yours too! Did you know that  Shop back can actually grant your wish? How? First, you need to create a Shop back account. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to: Shop back website and create an account by clicking the Sign-up button at the upper right corner of the web page.
  2. Supply your email address and create your password. Don’t forget to let them know that you read about Shop back through our blog! Please enter my e-mail address  (alainealejandrino@gmail.com) on the referrer’s field.
  3. Browse, shop and start earning cash backs! Don’t forget to refer your friends so you can earn additional cash!

You can down load a Shop back mobile app too so, you can shop and earn anytime, anywhere!

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You can find out more here: https://www.shopback.ph/blog/post/win-a-wish-from-shopback

As for the contest, all you’d have to do is blog about items you’d really like to get (just like what I did) and you stand a chance to win one of them

So, what are you guys waiting for?

Happy shopping!

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