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Sherlock Holmes. One of the Greatest Books Ever

Perhaps, one of the best books I've been opportuned to have clutched onto would be Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I can already see some imperceptible nods from bookworms in agreement to this two cent opinion to mine. I will expound nonetheless.

Although, I would imagine, generally meant for entertainment, Sherlock Holmes' adventures and words have struck some chords, specially during those rare times, Dr. Watson described some dispute over his way of documenting their cases together. To those who have read a case or two, I think you'd agree that Dr. Watson never fully detailed how most of their cases were solved nor what method were used. That in itself, is the beauty of the writing as readers were encouraged to think while reading. More than imagination, the subtle clues were presented to put two and two together. In summary, the goal was to involve us, the readers, in the analytical and logical reasoning that Holmes used. 

As humans, we are generally emotional. But because we encounter too many fork roads in our lives, there is a lesson to learn in every bad decision we make. Holmes was by no means described to be perfect. Instead, he shows us exactly what we arrive by process or deduction and elimination. Heard of the saying, "Lesser Evil"? Perhaps we can choose to decide on a better decisiont than going for a lesser evil. Based on logical analysis and process of elimination. 

So for these reasons, do I keep copies of Sherlock Holmes' adventures. And definitely, for the same reasons do I know that this is one of the best books to read.

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Smile, Because You Can

Everyday, we are faced with small battles that make up our daily lives. From simply deciding what to wear, behaving at work, getting in between kids' fights to, making decisions that will make an impact to our lives. Depending on how we deal with the situation, it can become pretty stressful. 

Now, stack stress one upon another and we become like bowstrings pulled back too tight that the tendency is, we break. During these times, we may find it hard to smile. For my part, and because I am a proud extrovert, my way of dealing with stress is either I call a friend to take the emotional baggage. Or I write it down. Once the storm has passed, I can begin to think with clarity and smile or laugh at the silliest things again. Stress becomes a long forgotten word.

But through it all, and no matter how dark, we need to remember. Being able to smile is enough reason to. So I encouraged you to smile more. Don't set expectations that people will smile back, but give it a try. Smile when you can, because you can. :)

The Real Secret Ingredient

9 weeks ago today, I've embarked on a journey to improving my appearance as, admittedly, age is starting to take it's toll on my body. I started with 148.5 lbs and to date am at 131 lbs today!

The path hadn't been easy at all. It wasn't a case of starving oneself, and sleeping hungry. If anything, I actually started eating more and started working out as well. No gym memberships here. Instead, I chose a good cardio workout and regulated my intake of carbs and sugar. 

To be honest, there was a bit of a struggle right there. Good thing I had MEJIE SLIMMING COFFEE PLUS COLLAGEN ( SRP is at Php250/box 10 packs each) to curb my caffeine cravings. Packed with L- Carnitine, Green Tea Extract, andGarcinia Cambogia Extract, I am made sure that I have the right recipe to help me achieve my goal. The bonus Japanese Hydrolyzed Collagen helped make sure that my skin adjusts to the change in lifestyle.

Given the change in diet, taking in the logic behind the Keto diet, I've initially thought that I may end up with oilier skin with the increase in fatty food intake. Good thing, I have KB Silver Soap whose main ingredients are Alpha Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, Vitamins A, C and E that helped control the sebum production. For the first time in so long, I actually woke up feeling fresh in just after 2 usage! A little pricey at Php295 each, but that fresh feeling is just priceless!

But that's not all. The secret to filterless photos I'm now able to take flawlessly, lies not just with KB Silver Soap but Asian Magic Cream (SRP: Php195). This contains active ingredients such as Elemi Oil (Pili Oil), Sweet Almond Oil, Rosehips Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Beeswax, and Olive Oil among others which is makes it all natural and gentle on skin. 

Easily available online at and, you can get the whole set for a complete DIY makeover.

DISCLAIMER: All products mentioned in this post were provided
for free by the company/PR working for the company for review purposes. 

The Pursuit of Happiness

One of my biggest favorite movies of all time has always been The Pursuit of HappYness. Why? Because it has always been a great portrayer of the downs and ups of life, told in an unglamorized way.
It's just life, as it is. It is about achieving small victories, plunging back to earth and winning again. Now, life has always been like that. And this movie says it like it's the real deal. You don't get everything you want, everytime. You have to work hard for it.

Now that. That has been by my best motivator. I keep a copy of this movie in my phone, since I'm always on the go. And when I feel like getting lost, confused in the daze of everyday. I watch the Chris in his pursuit of what he calls happiness. When I reach that ending, I always, always revert back to the beginning when he said, "Why can't I be like that?". I ask the same thing. And then I watch the struggle again until that point of victory. And repeat.

Why? You may ask. Because I think life is like that. When you get lost, sometimes it's good to ask yourself why you push forward. Believe me. It gets you back on track. It does for me.

This is why I love this story. It's a story of me. Of you. And of everyone.

Sunset Skies

Sunsets and sunrises are always a thing of beauty to me. Like a miracle, we tend to ignore everyday, the kaleidoscope of colors beckons the change from day to night. Night to day. An everyday miracle by itself.

It's in these smallest things that when we learn to appreciate, we can always look at things in awe. Smile at the silliest things around and laugh at the worst of situations. Eventually, everything isn't so bad anymore. We start to believe that things don't weight as much. As much as we like to believe them to be. Instead, we start to think that all will be okay. That at the end of night means it's the beginning of a new day. And at the end of the day means it's time to regroup, rest and get ready for battle again!