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Almost Perfect

She kept her eyes open so she could memorize every single detail of his face.

 

She stared at him, careful not to drop the tear hanging from her eyes as she moved. She pumped her hips as she smiled. She could feel his hands from her behind. This was the moment she had been waiting for. The sky cried with delight and it was cold, but her desire burned like the sun. Her feelings gushed all at the same time; of happiness, sadness, anticipation, lust, longing and love. If I could just make time stand still, she thought.

 

She tried to move her lips but it stayed shut. She kept her smile; she wanted to be remembered that way. He was divine… and staring, smiling and being frozen in time just like that didn’t matter to her.

 

If he’d whispered or murmured, she couldn’t remember, but she clearly saw the words formed on his lips. I love you, it said. I love you; she murmured back and looked away. Her tears fell as she embraced the man she adores. It was perfect; if not that they fell in love at wrong time.

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Open Your Eyes

“Close your eyes. Look around you and tell me what you see.”

 

“Monkeys. Monkeys with heads made of out of clay, carrying bag full of paper constantly looking at their watches which are made of silver and gold… yet, the numbers on these watches aren’t there. They glance past things with a sweep of their eye, never really looking.

 

I see beggars dressed like gods in clothes made of paper as expensive as diamonds. Rags with empty pockets. And they smile through gritted teeth… like something very painful is going on their heads.

 

Boxes… illuminated by bright light preoccupying the grinning monkeys like their whole life depends on it. I see chains, dangling and crisscrossing everywhere, like everybody is tied with one other. They look choked up.

 

Flowers… once bloomed but are now scattered like leaves, lifeless on the ground. Dragged by the wind into the trash, mingling with the garbage. It is a paradise of white and gray. Of black and a darker black. Pavements are made of spiky glass and slippery filth. This is their kingdom.”

 

“Now open your eyes and look at the mirror, tell me what you see.”

 

“My head is made of clay.”

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

– Albert Einstein

 

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Natural

Are you exhausted of buying expensive beauty products that promises to help you keep that youthful glow? Did you ever ask yourself, which of the beauty products really has that competence to make you look ageless? Have you been depressed that maybe you’re not buying the correct product that’s why you’re not having your desired results?

I have.

Amidst all of the beautiful ladies posting their selfies on social media, I was there on my safe corner, eating junk foods, contemplating how many overtime I need to do so I could buy designer beauty products to help me look fresher. It pays to have a beautiful, wrinkle free skin. And it is expensive.

I would always tell my friends, I’d rather go minimal on beauty products. Who am I kidding? I would secretly check beauty sites just so I could check if my wallet could afford throwing up hundreds of dollars so I could feed my face with vitamins, minerals and collagen. I would even look for alternative products that gives best results. Still…

In my quest for looking for that wonder treatment that would bring back my youth, I found out that nothing surpasses homemade remedies. Honey is one example of a good solution to dry skin. Use it as a mask and start to feel your skin become smooth. Wash your face with warm water and your choice of facial cleanser or soap, a mild soap is the best option. Towel it dry and put a good amount of honey on your face. Let it sit for about 15 mins. – or longer – and then rinse with cold water. You already know the wonders of warm and cold water, right? Towel dry your face and spray rose water. Let it dry by itself. This will give your face a beautiful glow.

Tomato and sugar make a good combination for exfoliating your skin. Slice the head of the tomato and dip it in sugar, rub gently on your face. Leave it for about 15 mins – or longer – until you can feel your face stretch. Rinse with cold water, towel dry and spray with rose water.

Almond oil makes a good make up remover and a good moisturizer for dry face. Your skin will absorb the almond oil faster.

Lemon is great in whitening your skin, it helps even out your skin tone.

I could go on with this forever but the real secret in maintaining your youthful glow is, are you ready, a positive attitude. Remember what that blog told you about how happiness can rejuvenate your skin from within?

At times when you’re having a bad day and you think that you’re the worst person there is, please remember this mantra, “fake it ’till you make it”. Force a smile and feed yourself happy thoughts. After all, there’s nothing to lose if you do. Nothing beats natural beauty.

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The Elusive Stud

So it turns out that aside from making a really cool guy fall in love with you is like finding a needle on a haystack, it is also a pain in the arse to locate the ever elusive stud in your wall. I mean, come on! You only want to stick that big, pretty telly, right?

Decorating your home can be so much fun and there is nothing now that a girl can’t do. So what if one day you find a massive price slash on that state of the art television that you have been eyeing for a long time? You. Buy. It. Without second thoughts.

The easy part is up, now let’s get into bragging your new baby. Obviously, you can’t just drill a hole on your wall and hang your purchase. You have to have a good foundation because sometimes, walls alone are not enough to support its weight. That is where the hard part comes along; finding the studs. How do you find a stud without a stud finder? Now, there are manual ways on doing so. But remember, you have to make sure that what you have located is a stud and not pipes or conduit. An important thing to remember: Most electrical boxes for switches or outlets are attached to a stud on one side. You can start from there. If you believe you have located several studs, make sure that the distance between them is 16 or 24 inches, else, you may have detected something other than a stud.

Let’s talk about your wall.

Some houses have drywall, some has plaster walls. What is the difference? Drywall are panels made of gypsum plaster pressed between two thick sheets of paper. It is used to make interior walls and ceilings. (Source: Wikipedia) Plaster walls are thicker. So how do we locate a stud in a drywall or plaster wall? One of the most popular way is to use a magnet. What most people like to do is to find a thin string (floss or thread) and tying the strongest magnet they could find, hanging it horizontally a few centimeters away from the wall. The magnet sticks to the part where the stud is. This method works better in drywall since they are thinner than plaster walls.

While some use magnets, other people go overboard and use metal detectors. The key is resourcefulness, right? Just keep in mind that due to the sensitivity of the metal detectors, you may be able to detect wiring or plumbing, therefore it might not be accurate. Others use the “knocking” technique where they literally knock on the wall and locate the area where there is a duller thud rather than hollow sounds.

If you are the type who believes that time is gold, these manual techniques on how to find a stud without a stud finder is not for you. Many people find the process long-winded and can eat up a lot of their time and honestly, who wouldn’t want a speedy process? It is a fast paced world out there and you will not let this simple task delay other important activities. Sometimes, you have to give in to technology and let it work for you. Anyway, you still have some money to space on stud finders, right?

 

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In owe

I was young.

I was a scholar.

I was the bread-winner of the family.

And I was pregnant.

 

If I had a one-time super power to teleport to another country, another continent or maybe another planet, I wouldn’t have second thoughts of using it right after my mother confirmed that she will be a grandmother soon than she is prepared to be. It was the longest afternoon in my life.

Being the eldest of three, my parents had so much hopes for me. I was taking up an engineering course in a well-respected university. They relied on me on helping them raise my brothers; we were not a wealthy family. They were so proud of having a daughter that will serve as a role model to her brothers and cousins. That one news broke my parents’ heart into pieces.

I thought that was the end of everything I had wished for; a bright future, a good life and a good job. I felt hopeless. My mom won’t talk to me for days and my dad seemed like he just wasted all his efforts. I wasn’t the daughter they thought I was.

Looking back, I never realized how lucky I am. My mom and dad stood beside me, helping me get through my pregnant days. They have provided when I only had limited. They still allowed me to go to school and offered to take care of the baby. Best of all they were patient and understanding. Mothers and fathers, like every individual, are also human beings. But an extraordinary one. They can sacrifice every inch of themselves just so their children can have a good life even though you break their hearts. They are willing to help you stand even if it means collapsing on their part.  And if that isn’t true, unconditional love, I don’t know what is.

The next time you look at your parents and see only a person who hinders your happiness, maybe you should consider asking yourself how much sacrifice they are willing to take just so you can live a comfortable life.

 

 

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