Friday, July 31, 2009

Unwanted Hair? ---"Strip It"!!

“Pretty is something you're born with. But beautiful, that's an equal opportunity adjective.”
-Anonymous

I ordered a trial pack of Strip it from Arlette and I just finished using it :D I can't believe how well the product works! I'm a first time user of cold wax, and I never imagined it would be as effective as warm wax!

I am used to just going to a salon to get the whole thing done. Some salon waxing services include P150 for underarm, P250 for the forearms, and P500 for the entire leg and etc... Well, a bit of waxing is probably the only vanity I indulge in even before. I tried doing the DIY Home sugaring myself, but more often than not I scald myself that I cry and yelp in pain. No matter what I do, I end up having irritated arms due to the hot wax.

I discovered STRIP IT and decided to order it 2 days ago, and today the package came in via Air21:


Trial Pack arrived! P160 for the Trial pack, added P15 for extra strip cloths (I knew I was gonna need it), and P106 for shipping! Just P281 for the whole thing.


150 grams of cold sugar wax right here! It's heavy for its size. Very compact. The cover is also sealed tight with that protective strip of clear plastic.


Setting up the items needed... Very sparse but it gets the job done! The instruction sheet is very well thought out. There are special tips there for the best waxing method. I'm so relieved I ordered another pack of sheets! There are only 5 strips that come with the trial pack. Added P15.00 to get a longer sheet that I can customize according to the size I want.


I cleaned my arms and made sure it was super duper dry... Added a little bit of baby powder to be sure. It won't work unless it can cling to the hair. I applied wax to my forearm and pressed lightly the strips. Then... I PULLED! *WOAH!* NO PAIN!!! YAY!!! XD

You can see the difference! The results are the same as when I go to the salon to get it done! All the hair's gone from that other side. The way the wax grips is so amazing, and not much redness and irritation, too! At first you may think it's hard to spread the wax, but it's like that for this reason!For a trial pack, that's surprising. I have a little more left over, so I'm thinking how to maximize it to depilate both of my lower legs.

I did it in under 30 minutes too! :D It's a great product! 10 snaps in a circle!

Tagged by JBreezy! Five Things that Make Me Happy

My first tag ever from Joanna <3


Five Things that Make Me Happy

1. Books

The acquisition, and the reading of books makes me infinitely happy on so many levels. I feel so giddy at the mere thought of scouring book stores and book sales. I feel a jolt of devious pleasure when I buy books for so much less than their value, as it feels like I've just unearthed a diamond in the rough that's overlooked by everyone. I am at my happiest when I'm reading. I am always very eager to read about adventures, complex stories on seemingly mundane things, romances in classic novels, other culture, sub cultures, and so much more.


2. Being with Family / Friends


Even if the whole world turns on me, I feel like I can always find support in my family and those I consider my true friends.
My family may not be the most perfect, but really, who has a perfect family nowadays? But they are always there to back me up and protect me, and those I consider my true friends accept me for who I am, and all that I will be. The protection and acceptance are something very crucial that I can't do without in life, especially when it's from people that matter to me. Spending time with them is always a welcome treat!


3. Doing new stuff that challenge me
I love learning new stuff, even from the most 'simple', like learning how to sew a purse, playing the piano (which I'm learning now! hehe), and to the most daring like going ziplining and flying from one cliff to another with just cable wires (which I have already done! I want to try it again!), or going to the beach and diving from a platform or just anything that gets my heart pumping is what I love most. Just because I love reading and lounging around doesn't mean I'm a boring person. I'm trying to come out of my shell and do my best in learning about skin care and cosmetics, too. It looks real easy, but woaaaaah! Man, is it super hard! There's a lot I have to learn!


4. Traveling! Traveling! Traveling!
If there's one thing sure about the future, it is travel. I will not NOT TRAVEL! I love learning about languages and culture, and I feel that there are a lot of things I have yet to discover. I'm going to use my career and my degree to the fullest, and in the future will have work where I write AND travel at the same time. A wonderful friend of mine has suggested that we save up for a special trip together, we're planning to backpack across Southeast Asia, which in my opinion, is the most electrifying plan she's ever come up with. I can't stress enough how I WANT IT BAD. I need to get out, see the world! What better way to start than a full Asian continent of culture and languages!

5. Chocolates
I'm a chocoholic. Anything chocolate, I eat and drink! I once almost licked a chocolate lipbalm, ewww! I always immediately love people who bring me chocolates. My sister once brought me a gourmet box of Queen Alice chocolates from Ginza. I love Hersheys, Mars, Snickers, Meiji, Lotte, Van Houten, Cadburry, and so on and so forth! There's nothing I wouldn't do for chocolates (well, except eat cocroaches!) and my most sweetest dream is getting to sample all the chocolates in the freaking world!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

See the Difference: Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream

I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want—an adorable pancreas?
- Jean Kerr

I am super in love with this BB Cream! I believe I've found my perfect brand! Look and see the huge difference my face went through with just a tiny sample pack.

USING NORMAL ROOM LIGHTING:

Problem Skin: Bumpy, generally non-smooth, huge pores, off-tone

Applied a dash of Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream (comes in one shade only), and spread all over the face

Instantly my skin becomes even, lesser apparent pores, smooth-looking and smooth-feeling, gives off a non-cakey look, which is important in a bb cream, and has a very natural, dewy finish!

Added a teeny tiny bit of loose face powder to lessen the shine (My face is oily), and took the photo under bright morning lights near my window!

Oh my gosh, I look kind of pretty already HAHAHA!

I Won TopazHorizon-Avalon.Ph's Giveaway!

Yes, someone will be writing on a moleskin very soon... Me! Eeeyoooo! :D
I won The Moleskin Giveaway by TopazHorizon, sponsored by Avalon.Ph! Wow, I can't even concentrate on my work now, I'm so happy! I get to win Moleskine Large Cahier Ruled Black Set of 3 PLUS a PHP 500.00 gift certificate for the Avalon.Ph Online Store!


A friendly Avalon Representative has contacted me about the prizes and I am so giddy. This is my first win in the internetz yey me!I've given them my mailing address and contact number to ship the Moleskins to me, and I also used the gift certificate to buy myself:




You can't imagine the burning fire in my chest right now, being able to buy this beautiful book! I love love love Life of Pi (read my review here) and I adore Yann Martel (Author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios-which I'm going to review soon, too!). I am beyond happy. Thank you so much to both Frances / TopazHorizon and Avalon.Ph!

I am one lucky barnacle!

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My Trial Packs Have Arrived

"No! No! When a woman isn't beautiful, people tell her. "You have lovely eyes, you have lovely hair..."
- Sonya, "Uncle Vanya" by Anton Chekov


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I'll be trying out these starting tomorrow! They're so cute! I also received sample freebies from the the very nice seller: Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint, Lioele Trouble Hunter Duo, and the two Etude House nail polish in Pink & Black.

This made my day :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Aveeno For Sale + Bookwishlist

So my sister just got back from Cebu and she hands me over TWO Aveeno Positively Radiant Facial Cleansers she bought at a mall for PHP 500+ each. Having this surplus makes me want to sell it to someone. I mean, I love, love, love Aveeno. It's such an awesome skin care line. My sister's freaking dermatologist USES this, so that must count at least. Everyone I know has their own Aveeno everything already and are crazy about it. But whatever shall I do with TWO of the same bottle of cleanser?! I currently use another brand of cleanser and it's lasted me for 4 months already and there's still a lot left. My Aveeno cleanser will probably last me 6-7 months! LOL! I'm selling this and if anybody wants it, I can give it to you for PHP 500 and FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the Philippines.

If you don't know yet, Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser is Oil-Free, Hypoallergenic, Soap-Free, Fragrance-Free, Non-comedogenic. It is... Love.


If you buy this item from me, you will also be helping me SO MUCH. I need the money to buy a book on my wishlist: An Assembly Such as This, A Novel by Pamela Aidan. I've always loved the book but it's too expensive for me (National Bookstore Price: PHP 500). Getting this would be an awesome addition to my collection centering on Jane Austen. I only have Duty and Desire, so if you would just please please please please please buy the Aveeno, hence giving me the opportunity to buy this book, I will love you forever and ever and ever and ever and ever. And that's a lot.

I've Updated My Wishlist: YA Reads!

NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST
by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Cohn and Levithan contribute alternating chapters in this high-energy romance that follows two high-school seniors through a single, music-fueled night in Manhattan. Nick, the "nonqueer bassist in a queercore band," is playing with The Fuck Offs, when he spots his ex-girlfriend, Tris. Once offstage, he propositions a girl he has never met, hoping to make Tris jealous: "Would you mind being my girlfriend for five minutes?" Norah, also heartbroken (and hoping Nick will drive her home), agrees. What begins as a spontaneous ploy turns into something surprising and real in the course of one night as Nick and Norah roam Manhattan, listen to bands, confront past hurts, and hurtle toward romance. - Booklist:





PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS
by Michelle Zink


An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-
One good...
One evil...
Who will prevail?
Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.
Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.
They just know they can't trust each other. -Book Blurb



WINTERGIRLS
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Problem-novel fodder becomes a devastating portrait of the extremes of self-deception in this brutal and poetic deconstruction of how one girl stealthily vanishes into the depths of anorexia. Lia has been down this road before: her competitive relationship with her best friend, Cassie, once landed them both in the hospital, but now not even Cassie’s death can eradicate Lia’s disgust of the “fat cows” who scrutinize her body all day long... Struck-through sentences, incessant repetition, and even blank pages make Lia’s inner turmoil tactile, and gruesome details of her decomposition will test sensitive readers. But this is necessary reading for anyone caught in a feedback loop of weight loss as well as any parent unfamiliar with the scripts teens recite so easily to escape from such deadly situations. - Booklist

Monday, July 27, 2009

Healthy Food Choices

"If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want."
- Elbert Hubbard


Health and beauty almost always go hand in hand. Eating right is always paired with any beauty regiment you can find. It's not enough that you're taking care of your skin from the outside. Our diet affects not only what's inside the body, but it reflects on our physical appearance especially on our skin, eyes, hair and even on your nails.

I always force myself to go eat well because I'm a bad eater. I love love love junkfood and fatty food rich in bad cholesterol, high sodium, loaded with sugar and the like. I'm a huge carnivore, too! So much that I don't even LIKE vegetables. I abhor the icky slimy ones the most. I can only swallow corn, soft potatoes, finely chopped carrots, and some stray malunggay in my tinola. Hehe. I eat meat for breakfast, lunch, dinner. My snacks, well, are plain horrible too. I know that. But I can't stop munching happily on Lays, piattos, chippy, cornix, cream-o, moby, richie, gahhh~ I even love those little bags that you can get for 1-peso! But inside, I really am worried about the consequences of my bad eating habits.

I just discovered the magic of granola bars! So each week I buy a different box of granola and has done so for 3 weeks already. I finished my last bar yesterday and I would like to share what I discovered!

Nature's Path Organic Chewy Granola Bars with Dark Chocolate Chips (PHP 200/ Robinsons Grocery)
This is the first one that I bought and I must say that even tasting granola bars for the first time, it is absolutely delectable. This 6-piece pack is perfect for a chocolate addict like me. The granola both tastes wonderful and earthy and smells like sweet honey; it's very chewy and I love it! I want more!



I also really love this sample pack of Nature's Path EnviroKidz Orgainc Crispy Rice in Fruity Burst because it is fruity. Hmm, how to describe the flavor: It's like you’re eating honeyed rice crispies with tiny Fruitella chewy candies inside!



Quaker Oats Quaker Chewy Chocolate Granola with Smores (PHP 190 / SM Grocery)
I can't believe this isn't junk food! Haha! This 10-piece pack is an awesome treat for those who like chocolate and smores. Even the smell of the granola is testament to its yummy sweetness; I love crunching on the chips and the smores. Compared to the Nature's Path Granola, this is more brittle, and it's thinner but longer.




Health Valley Organic Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bars (PHP 180 / Healthy Options)
Healthy Granola, check. Honey coating, check. Chocolate chips inside, check, Chocolate drizzle, check. Chocolate chip toppings, check!
Oh Yeahhhh! What I love most about this 5-piece pack is that it is absolutely DELICIOUSSSSSSSSS!






THE ONE-GIRL JURY PROCLAIMS:
Health Valley Organic Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bars is the WINNER!


Let's Eat Healthy! -Aicha


P.S. I have 2 new granola bars to taste! YAAAAAAAAAY!



Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Fruit and Nut
(P22 Per Bar / Robinsons)



Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars Oats n Honey
(P 22 Per Bar / Robinsons)

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Meet My New Shampoo

"...You try to improve yourself at the start of each new day; of course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time. Anyone can do this, it costs nothing and is certainly very helpful. Whoever doesn't know it must learn and find by experience that a quiet conscience makes one strong."
- Anne Frank


Yesterday was a leisurely Sunday as any. I woke up and lounged around the house--- though most of my morning I was rooted in my bed, reading The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. I've just started reading this morning and I couldn't put the book down, even to get some of my favorite biscuits to munch on. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great read about mystery, fantasy, and a good bit of literature. The very first sentence of the novel captured me. I was delightfully floored.

In the afternoon, I went to the mall to see Blood: The Last Vampire. The movie was lame. Too much talking which made it kind of draggy. The CG rendering of splattered blood looked so fake that it ended up like red mud/thick grease.

After that I hit the department stores because I ran out of shampoo that morning. I was using Vaseline shampoo because it makes my hair smell like it's very clean even when I'm sticky and sweating all over; and it's the cheapest, too. Last week I was thinking to myself of buying a new brand, preferably something that's higher in quality. I decided between L'Oréal Vive Pro Smooth Intense Care and Herbal Essences Dangerously Straight - Pin Straight. I'll try several shampoos out to see what's best for my hair :) I bought the Herbal Essences first because the bottle is so cute!



Isn't it so adorable? It looks like some twisty candy thing. This 355 ml costs just around PHP170 or approximately $4. Maybe I'll post a small review if the product is worth it.

See you!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Amanda's Summer Giveaway

Because Amanda is feeling a lot generous from the summer (and from getting a lot of giveaways herself) she's hosting her very own Summer Giveaway for her dear followers. Simply follow the rules of the contest and get a chance to win her loot bag.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Bad Mood - Good Mood

"It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes."
-Sally Field

MY BAD MOOD FRIDAY NIGHT:
My friends are turning a critical eye at my recently-developed taste for cosmetics. They say it's so unlike me to dabble at these things. I can't blame them, though, I mean, I would have the confused and surprised reaction too if any of my dorky, silly friends suddenly wanted to do a spree to shop for high-end clothes and shoes. That's not what's putting me in a bad mood, but the fact that some entity at the back of my mind echoes things. Nagging me, and making me feel discouraged overall.

But I go back to this blog, read my quotes, read all your blogs... and all that makes me feel better and I am reassured again that I have all the right in the world to do whatever I want!

MY GOOD MOOD SATURDAY MORNING:
I ordered not ONE, BUT TWO trial packs from E-Bay this morning. My first order was a Lioele Basic Skin Care sample pack, and the other is a Skinfood Cactus BB Cream Sample set.


The best part yet: FREE SHIPPING!! and I get 2 ETUDE HOUSE NAIL POLISH FREEBIES!! So generous! It's my second time ordering from Ebay, my first one was when I bought a Forgotten Realms book (haha-GEEK!) "Starless Night" by R.A. Salvatore

When I receive the pack next week I'm going to post a review for each one. Hopefully it's all good for me!

Have a happy weekend now, you hear! :)

Friday, July 24, 2009

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Skin Care Wishlist

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
-George Bernard Shaw

I've gone through countless of beauty blogs in one day that even my work has suffered. I love going through other people's posts, reviews, updates and FOTD, which means Face of the Day! FOTDs are my new favorite things ever. I love looking at these lovely ladies and learning a lot of things from them! It's astounding how make-up can really highlight and add definition to the best things on your face and conceal the bad ones, eh?

There are about 20 new skincare brands I got to know and 50 more different cosmetics I never even thought existed. One reason is that I wasn't particularly focusing on skin care and cosmetics before and, two, those products I've seen aren't even available here from where I am.

I have a few things that I've added to my wishlist. For the first time it's not books, cardigans, or sneakers. I have few skin care products that I really wish I can try, please allow me to share these with you.

____Aicha's Skin Care Wishlist_____


Biore Blemish Fighting Cleanser
According to a post in Reviewstream.com it is a great cleanser for the face, as it targets the pores to clean them out and fight against blemishes. What's curious about it is that it's called an Ice Cleanser, maybe it's feels cool to the touch I think. I think this is cool, in another sense of the word. The main reason that propelled me into putting this to my wishlist is that Biore got good reviews from RiceBunny or MichellePhan, a cosmetics/skincare reviewer I really admire. She liked Biore because their line is really good for oily skin.




Neutrogena Invigorating Dual Action Toner
Reviews from TotalBeauty.com reports the effectiveness of Neutrogena toner in leaving your face much cleaner by taking the gunk out of your pores especially when you've put a lot of make-up on. And it's not called Dual Action for just one thing: it also helps in tightening the pores.
A reviewer mentioned that it has a strong but clean scent and it dries quickly on the face. Somebody also mentioned about a tingly feeling. LOL TINGLY?! What's that about? :D




Aveeno Positively Radiant with SPF 15
Aveeno has been plugged countless of times by beauty blogs I frequent that I'm thinking to myself that this must be a staple for all skin care enthusiasts out there. Aveeno Positively Radiant with SPF 15 is a cute little thing! I'm more drawn to it than ever after reading a review from AssociatedContent about good things from this product. Aveeno is pretty to look at, with thick cream and a simple but pleasant smell about it. It's oil-free (yay), and both hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. It contains soy in it, too, as it is the main ingredient in their Total Soy Complex that promises to solve problems of blotchy or uneven skin tone.

I don't think I'll find this around town very soon, but I am crossing my fingers for it. I can't order online because I am paranoid and it would cost me too much, as I'm only a blasted supplementary holder of a wretched credit card! Oh well, I can still dream and blog about it!

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The Fairy Godwommin of Books


Angeli Chi is one of the members of the Davao Reader's Circle, and in a span of a year of book club meet-ups she has become one of my Most Adored People Evarr. Not only does she have the capacity to read any genre of book that catches her fancy (unlike yours truly that sticks to Contemporary Fiction --with a little bitty sprinkling of Sci-Fi and Fantasy), but she has an open mind and an inquisitive nature that never fails to hook you in.

Aside from her volunteer stints at the Davao Museum, she also has a ton of things she does everyday as she freelances and travels around Mindanao on top of everything else. Now, she has a new task that she set up for herself, which I have dubbed as a "Fairy Godwommin of Books" (Been reading "Once Upon An Enlightened Time by James Finn Gardner" because Chi left it on the couch!) An excerpt from her own Facebook account:

On July 1, I announced that I'd be fairygodmother to booklovers and find books you want most but can't seem to find in bookstores and booksales. The deal is I'm gonna work my book radar, find you your top 3 most wanted books and when I find all three, I'll give you an extra book of my choice as a gift. You don't need to pay me a bookhunting fee. I'm doing it for the pleasure of finding books and learning about what you are interested in reading. You just pay me the cost of the books you asked me to find. I will try to find you the best copies there are of your books available in the booksales with the best price (the most affordable). This is the gallery of granted book wishes. :)
- Taken From Your Most Wanted Books - Gallery
If you click on the link you will find several books that she has successfully unearthed for her friends: a beautiful copy of Lolita, some Ernest Hemingway, Clan of the Cave Bears and the like!

During our last DRC meetup, Chi encouraged several members to put their 3 most wishlisted books. I scrambled to find a pen and sort out my jumbled wishlist to see if I can think of 3 books I wanted to have ASAP. My list comprised of The Twelfth Wife by Indu Sundarensan, The Pillowbook by Sei Shonagon, and another title which I forgot! Drats you, bad memory!

I am trying to win her attention with this post, buttering her up so she will do my request first, before anybody else!

Thanks, Chi!

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And such a beautiful, beautiful question, too: What Is Your Favorite Book And Why?
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Etude House Nail Polish



Aaaa, aren't they so cute?! :) If anyone's reading this, please post your own "cutest nailpolish" find, so I can gawk at them too!

You can click on the pics for a larger view. The Photos are taken from from NailPolish Forum

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

My Booksale Book Hauls

The Cider House Rules by John Irving

"Set among the apple orchards of rural Maine, it is a perverse world in which Homer Well's odyssey begins. As the oldest unadopted offspring at St. Cloud's orphanage, he learns about the skills which, one way or another, help young and not-so-young women, from Wilbur Larch, the orphanage's founder, a man of rare comapssion and with an addiction to ether.

Dr. Larch loves all his orphans, especially Homer Wells. It is Homer's story we follow, from his early apprenticeship in the ophanage surgery, to his adult life running a cider-making factory and his strange relationship with the wife of his closest friend."

Okay, so I have read this book in highschool, and I have to admit it didn't make much sense to me and I don't remember anything except for this particular scene where this girl runs away and the people in the orphanage believe that she'll do well in life anyway because had with her the book "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë. See, I'm not kidding when I told you I don't remember much! I bought this for Php 50.00($1) to read it again, and hopefully this time my brain will digest it better than when I was 15!


The Diving Bell and The Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby:

"Already being greeted with extraordinary acclaim--the astonishing, profoundly moving memoir of a man afflicted by locked-in syndrome, a state of virtyally total paralysis that leaves the victim, in the author's own words, "like a mind in a jar."

In 1995 Jean-Dominique Bauby was the Editor in Chief of French Elle, the father of two young children, a forty three-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the bain stem. After twenty days in a coma, Bauby awoke into a body that has all but stopped working: only his left eye functioned, allowing him to see and, by blinking, to make clear that his mind was unimpaired. Almost miraculously he was soon able to express himself in the richest detail, blinking to select letters one by one as a special alphabet was slowly recited to him, over and over again. In the same way, he was eventually able to compose this extraordinary book."

I acquired this book in Booksale for Php 45.00 ($0.90) and I can't quite contain my excitement! I watched the film version and it was the most awe-inspiring among all the French films I've seen (well, I've only seen 5 so far anyway). It's not only because of the story itself, but because of how well the entire thing it translated so well in screen. And the cinematography.... oh my gosh, don't get me started on the cinematography, because it blew me away.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Coffee and Books


If there's one thing that goes together so perfectly like peanut butter and jelly, you and me, meat loaf and mashed potatoes, it's coffee and books. Just the thought of me reading a favorite book on a soft lounge chair, sipping from a warm white mug with my favorite mix of espresso, milk, choco syrup, whipped cream and cinnamon powder gets me so pleasantly elated like you wouldn't believe! That's my kind of rest and relaxation, my "ahhh, this is the life" moment, but I'm sure I'm not alone.

Davao Readers Circle, the book lover's club I'm part of, love their cup of coffee as much as I do! We all go around the city to visit coffee shops, hang out and discuss our latest reads and share books to members. Our meet ups haven't been as regular recently, but we hope to remedy that soon! We all feel that there are so many things to catch up to. I miss those guys and I'm looking forward to meeting them again. So whenever I think of coffeeshops and books, the DRC is always the first thing in my mind.

I also saw Bookworm Readers' cute promotion of Suzanne Selfors' new novel, Coffehouse Angel. The title is just waiting to be read... Imagine reading about Coffee, Friendship and Love all in one book over a warm cup of coffee! If that's your kind of thing, head off to Bookworm Readers: Second Edition now to read all about it.