The Monday Grace
The Monday Grace is a (weekly) segment/project here on my blog, The Style Mermaid. The aim of this project is to immerse ourselves with happier, kinder and grateful thoughts; and to replace that sense of dread we often feel every Monday.
- To remain grateful no matter what. Admit it, it’s hard to be grateful when you’re having a bad day, facing a big problem and so on. So this is a reminder to me, to you and pretty much everyone else who thinks they’re having a bad life: be grateful no matter what.
- The opportunity to travel. I am so, so grateful that I was given the opportunity to travel to Europe again this year. My mom and I went to great lengths to fix our papers, something that was (and obviously) very crucial if we wanted the approval of the visa.
- Stay hopeful. There are days where you just want to give up. There are days where you know you deserve better, but you still chose to stick with the bullshit hoping that one day, things will get better.
- To love. I am thankful that I was given an opportunity to love and be loved. But if that person decides, one day, to stop loving me, then it’s okay. It will hurt but it’s okay, because at least I was given an opportunity to know and love him/her.
- Praying for guidance and wisdom. This is the advice of my boyfriend’s mom said when we had a quick chat the other day. I hope to find it in my heart to easily forgive and forget people and their stupid actions.
This week’s entry is a little heavy for me, but it feels good to write these things and just let go. The good news is that tomorrow’s a brand new day and another month. I wish you all well a great week ahead!
Hair Chameleon: Platinum Ombré
Two weeks in Europe, and what do I get? Lighter hair and sunkissed skin (or face, cause it got the most exposure). Most Europeans enjoy the sight of the sun. Some of them would even sunbathe along the River Seine. I, on the other hand, was thankful for the weather but wish it was a little cloudy cause now I look like I went to the beach. Malibu Barbie, anyone?
Going platinum was never my plan, btw. It was a result of my lack of DIY bleaching skills, lol. It’s hard to do my roots on my own, okay! But I still like it anyway. For anyone who wants to go blonde, don’t bleach your hair at home, unless you’re 200% sure you know what you’re doing because you don’t want your hair to be falling off like crazy.
Ok, that’s all for now. JP and I are going out for our usual Saturday night date. :) Hope you’re all having a great weekend!
Greetings from Dubai! I’m not entirely sure if I’ve already landed to Milan/Malpensa Airport by the time this entry has been posted, but hello from wherever I am! I’m currently using my mom’s hotspot to connect (the airport’s free Internet is unstable, what a disappointment!), so let me take this opportunity to make a quick blog post about Corregidor.
So, last April 29 (exactly a month ago, apparently!), my little sister and her classmates went on a school field trip to Corregidor, an island of historical value. Since I’ve been begging my family that we should visit Corregidor, we took this chance to chaperone the kiddos.
For those who are not familiar with Corregidor, it is an island 48 kms. west of Manila, and situated at the entrance of Manila Bay. Because of it strategic location, it served as a focal point for the naval defenses of the capital. The island played an important part during World War II, during the invasion and liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese forces. I wish I can tell you more but I’m not really familiar with my country’s history, except for the fact that Ferdinand Magellan discovered the Philippines and both Rizal and Gomburza died. But if you’re thinking of going to Corregidor soon and YOU SHOULD, then the tour guides there should be able to brief you a piece of history. Just visit CorregidorPhilippines.com to book your next adventure! :)
Shop & Dine Better with Globe Charge
Listen up business/shop owners, this is your opportunity to enhance your business through a new and exciting service from Globe. Introducing Globe Charge, a small plug-it device that will allow you to accept Mastercard payments via smartphones or tablets.
You’re probably wondering what’s the relevance of having a Globe Charge? It’s simple really: more payment options means more customers and an opportunity to expand your business. This is quite useful during bazaars, since not all customers carry cash (I know cash is still king but having a credit or debit card is just soooo convenient and safe!). Not to mention, merchants will receive the payment as as early as the next banking day.
Globe Charge has 3 components: a mobile card reader that cost PHP999 (one-time payment or discounted via phone bundle), a mobile app which you will use to make the transaction and your very own merchant account, FREE of charge with no recurring fees.
But how does Globe Charge work anyway? Simple, all you have to do is shop or dine with their accredited partners, like Sunnies by Charlie (SM Megamall) and Smokin’ Pig Legendary Rib Joint in Capitol Hills. JP and I went to the latter because we love discovering new food.
So you make a purchase with one of their accredited partners, then the merchant will open the mobile app to input the credit card details. Using the mobile card reader, the merchant will then swipe the card and ask the customer for their email address and signature. The acknowledgement receipt will be sent to the customer’s email address. And voila, hassle-free purchase!
Told ya it was easy peasy! If you’re a merchant and interested to get this fantastic service for your business, visit globe.com.ph/globecharge, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. :)
How To Be Zit-Free This Summer
Being a teen can be tough. I would know, because I’ve went through it. All the drama, angst and zits! Ewww. These are the years where you’ll make memories of a lifetime, and you obviously don’t want a big zit ruining that picture perfect moment.
A few weeks ago, Clean & Clear has sent me a goodie bag filled with their products to try. I’ve always been familiar with the Clean & Clear brand but never had the chance to use any of their products before. Normally, I wouldn’t use a facial cleanser if I already found one that works for me but the packaging looks really appealing and fruity. Honestly, the packaging looks refreshing and travel-friendly, just perfect to combat this insane summer heat!
So far, I’ve only tried the Facial Cleanser in Brightening Lemon variant. I’ve been using it after my nightly gym session to remove the sweat, oil and grime off my face. I don’t have sensitive skin but my face can instantly form a zit or two if I use the wrong product. Fortunately, no breakouts or whatsoever after my third use. So yay! Oh, and it also acts as an effective facial makeup remover.
I’m not paid to do this write-up, but since I know most of my readers are still in high school or college, I thought I’ll still share this because the Clean & Clear line claims to be specifically #MadeForTeens. Their unique gel formula is oil-free and won’t clog pores, that helps to effectively fight the usual skin problems such as pimples, blackheads and oil without drying your skin. Best of all, you can easily find their products in top supermarkets and drugstores near you at a really affordable price, so it definitely won’t hurt your allowance. :)