Marriage Quotes from Love in the Time of Cholera

“Together they had overcome the daily incomprehension, the instantaneous hatred, the reciprocal nastiness and fabulous flashes of glory in the conjugal conspiracy. It was the time when they loved each other best, without hurry or excess, when both were most conscious and grateful for their incredible victories over adversity. Life would present them with other mortal trials, of course, but that no longer mattered: they were on the other shore.”
– Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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5 Reasons Why I Do Not Recommend Life Maid Easy Agency

If you are a parent looking for a “yaya” or “kasambahay” (house help), I do NOT recommend that you hire one from The Life Maid Easy (formerly Quality Care) Agency. I have already read negative reviews about them online but I still availed of their service because at that time, I was already feeling desperate.

These are the reasons why I regret hiring a “yaya” from them:

1. The first yaya they gave me was not fit to take care of children. She put my son’s life in danger by pushing his stroller in front of a moving car and placing him inside the tennis court while there was a game going on. I also caught her posting a selfie of herself on Facebook during the time she was supposed to be focused on taking care of my baby. She also admitted during the time when we fired her that she lied about saying that she had previous experience in taking care of kids. Pinilit lang raw ng agency na mag-alaga siya ng bata kasi wala pa ring nagha-hire sa kanya.

2. They were supposed to give me a “free replacement” if the first hire did not work out. It took more than three months before they could find me a replacement. They were also asking me for an additional Php 2,000 because the helper came from the province and was not Manila-based. (It was obviously another money-making racket.) Hindi ako pumayag. Dapat free. I already paid them a hefty sum of Php 8,500 …why should I give them an additional Php2,000 when they said that they will replace the first one for free?

3. The replacement they gave me who did not require an additional Php 2,000, was okay naman. She had a good rapport with my kid and was respectful. However, her “day off” actually took 2 to at most 3 weeks! There’s always an issue at home that required her presence (eg., death of a relative, son got hospitalized, son eloped). She also often asked for cash advance. She is still working for us, though, since she is hardworking and sanay na ako sa kanya.

4. They have recently contacted my “yaya” (the replacement) and was pestering her to come back to the agency. I realized that it is another racket so they can give her to a different person and they can earn from the referral. I called them to stop calling my yaya since she is obviously still working for me. Yet the day after, they still called her and text-messaged her to come back to the agency.

5. The replacement yaya told me that her daughter who was also a maid from their agency was being maltreated by her boss. However, the Life Maid Easy agency did not do anything to support or defend her daughter.

I am attaching a link to their website . I know that finding a good yaya is close to impossible, and I am sorry if I could not help you out. I hope that at least my negative experience with the Life Maid Easy Agency will help you make a better decision when it comes to finding house help.

3 Locally-made Lippies I Used When I Was Pregnant

If you are pregnant or nursing, you probably are wondering if wearing makeup (especially lipstick) is still considered safe for your baby. If you are like me who want to look pretty (especially with the expected weight gain of pregnancy) without feeling guilty of harming your baby, then this blog post might be able to help you.

While some women prefer to be cosmetics-free throughout the course of their pregnancy, I still chose to wear makeup for the whole nine months I had a bun in the oven. I’m going to be honest and say that I still use my Macs and Colourpops occasionally, but I chose to wear these 3 organic, local brands on a more regular basis. I did my research and found 3 Philippine-made lipstick brands that commit to being safe and free from harmful chemicals.

The 3 lippies I used (and still continue to use) when I was pregnant were:
Snoe Lipstick Rouge Delight in Mocha Madness X15, Kiss and Tell in First Kiss, and Human Nature Perfect Flush Cream Tint in Petal.

These shades work well with my Filipina skin tone. Check them out:

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1. Snoe Lipstick in Mocha Madness:

#snoebeauty lipstick in Mocha Madness One of the 💄 I used when I was pregnant. I'm still using it now that I'm a nursing mom.

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This has a smooth velvety finish.

2. Kiss and Tell in First Kiss:

#kissandtellph in First 💋Kiss I like that it's locally-made and organic!

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I like that it’s a liquid matte lipstick. Check out When In Manila by Hershey Neri for a more thorough review of Kiss and Tell in First Kiss!

3. Human Nature Perfect Flush Cream Tint in Petal:

#humanheartnature perfectflush cream tint in Petal I really like this shade. It suits my Filipina skin tone.

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This is a semi-liquid lipstick that doubles as a cheek tint.

I’m wearing all three products in this pic. I put on Snoe Lipstick in Mocha Madness and Kiss and Tell in First Kiss on my lips and Human Nature Perfect Flush Cream Tint in Petal on my cheeks.

Did you wear lipstick when you were pregnant #mommaganda? If you did, which brands did you use?

From Maidenhood to Motherhood

Alexa Wilding…my inspiration in embracing the mom bod:

“That’s when I realized what really happened to me. It’s this maidenhood to motherhood transformation… and we, as a culture,  we want to stay in maidenhood as long as possible. So many women are trying to erase that rite of passage from their bodies, from their faces, their experiences.”

“I’m starting to feel a new sexiness. It’s like a little seed that is just starting to sprout. I don’t know what it’s going to be and what it’s going to look like but it’s coming.”

“I want to dispel the myth that we have to go to crazy lengths to erase maternity from our bodies. Because it’s not going to work. We’re still going to be mothers. We still left point A and got to point B and we should be proud of all the steps we took to get there.”