healthy living in a pixie bento boxes

For the past few months I was kinda busy and hooked on my bento boxes for my lunch.

What’s my reason for bento boxes making?

Simple:  I rushed myself to ER of one of the hospital here in doha due to numbness of my half body and face twitching.

It was an eye opener for me, that I am no longer at the peak of my youthful days, where my body can still pull all nighter and munching chips and dips along side with my pistachio ice cream.

So the doctor even gave me medicine to take for my nervous system and advice me to chill from time to time and avoid stressful stuffs and eat healthy foods and exercise more.

That moment, I thank the Lord above for sparing me again from sickness, I know God used the filipina doctor to remind me that my body is the temple of the holy spirit and I need to be a good steward of the things that God has given me, including my body. I must take care of my food intake and exercise more often, in order for me to do the work that the Lord has mandated me to do. How can I serve Him, if my body deteriorates?

This was the turning point of my bento boxes making, which I now call as pixie bento boxes, pixie means small things/portion. So the question is how do I prepare this boxes of goodness that helped me to achieve my goal of becoming healthy in order to serve HIM more faithfully?

Every time I went to grocery store I always buy variety of fruits and veggies, some of them are in season but most of them are imported here in doha. So I can choose whatever suits my tastes buds.

Here’s my pick for fruits and veggies:

  1. Baby Carrots
  2. Kiwi
  3. Cucumbers
  4. Seedless Grapes
  5. Cherry Tomato
  6. Strawberry
  7. Blue Berries
  8. Oranges

For the main food:

  1. Brown Bread
  2. Tuna
  3. Peanut Butter
  4. Mixed Jelly Spread
  5. Eggs
  6. Chicken Breast
  7. Salmon Grilled
  8. Boiled Egg

If you can see my list of foods, you may think it’s expensive, but if you are looking for future benefits, you can focus later on the payment and your body will thank you later.

So I took the 21 days challenge of making a bento boxes and now I am on my 64th pixie bento boxes. It was really discipline, patience and lots of prayers to prepare this pixie bento boxes.For me I ate this during lunch and from time to time I have a cheat day, that will be during my off day as to not to deprive myself of eating rice.For breakfast, I always eat oatmeal packed with strawberries and grapes. Mostly for dinner tuna sandwich or oatmeal again.

Here are some samples of my pixie bento boxes:

 

Is it too cute to eat? Pretty food tastes better.

For more details of my pixie bento boxes, feel free to follow my instagram account: pixie bento boxes

 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

To God be the Glory!

~ally~

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nude look makeup survival kit

I have survived the curacne journey and it’s time to shop for a good make up for my girly girly alter ego.

It may sound absurd but I could be the boyish who loves to do some ollie tricks and carving tricks on my pintail board and the alter ego would be the ally who knows how to do tricks on how to have a nude and no makeup look without hassle bussle of putting the right makeup.

So Allaine , my colleague, is a makeup artist/photographer here in Doha. So I message her and pull all of my courage to tell her, master teach and help me to find the best makeup brands for my super sensitive skin. So we went to gulf mall and had our one of the best girly bonding moment.

First stop:

Sephora at Gulf Mall

Every girls shade of lippy and makeup blush is found here. Well if I can just have a little of everything here, it could be colorful kind of ally ayt?

But our budget is constricted so , we have to check our reality against fantasy! 😀

So first I bought the makeup kit from Benefit. I find it kinda cute aside from the design is like a book , and oh boy the cover itself is so cute. I’m on the medium side as per the makeup seller and as per allaine it’s on the light side but I told her I like the color of the box, so we bought it because I like the box and it’s ok for my skin, not too dark and not too light, just right in the middle.

The makeup set contains:

* the POREfessional PRO balm to minimise the appearance of pores
* hello flawless oxygen wow “I’m so money” honey brightening makeup
* boi-ing 02 & 03 industrial-strength concealer
* “hello flawless!” “I’m cute as a bunny” honey custom powder cover-up

Here’s the picture :

makeup starter kit

I love the over all packaging, it’s unique and it suits me because I can have them in this tiny little cutie package has tips and tricks too as well as the mirror. Top that 😀

So the makeup kit is settled, we need to find the best lippy for now, our go to is mac lipstick,so allaine and I went to mac store and oh boy, for a lippy addict like me, it was like a must have and a necessity to shop there but then budget comes first, wedding first before shopping galore.I told her, I want to have a luscious pink, but I still prefer her preferences. So we went to check and till we found the perfect shade for our nude look everyday look target,it’s mac lipstick matte mehr. After paying for it , we went to have our dinner at nandos and we still have our lipstick on. So much girly shopping for us.

After our bonding we went back to another store to get another shade of lipstick as well as lip pencil and blusher as per allaine I have to have it. So we went to max factor area, and it’s a buy two get one free, oh for the love of God’s favor. So allaine ,adviced me to buy Max Factor Colour Elixer Lip Liner,Max Factor Lip infinity 215 Constantly dreamy , and of course the blush on Max Factor Puff Blush Seductive Pink.

By the way here’s the picture of our makeup nude setup:

*For the chanel powder beige 30, i alternate it with the honey face powder and for the mascara, it was a free gift from my housemate who sold me the chanel powder. The dior pouch was given to me by allaine, isn’t she’s sweet .

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Thanks allaine for this sweet gesture of giving me your spare time before you leave doha for good. It was really a real friendship that we have had  here. Thank you for the dior pouch for my makeup haul. Now see you in the big day.

Thank you Lord for the provisions and guidance and for orchestrating people for me to have a good pick of my nude makeup look.

Trivia: Earlier ago, I told Jap I haven’t blog for some weeks, then he said go, and good job on my blog. Jap brings out the best in me by just encouraging me. Thank you Lord, I’m marrying Jap 😀

To God be the Glory!

~♣ally♣~

unboxing the htc one red

A couple of weeks ago my S2 phone had give up on me, after more than 2 years of using it as my very first smart phone, samy as what I call him, bid goodbye.

The night before samy left me I told him, that I will never change him unless he gets ruined. So the next day, samy did not open anymore. I tried to revive him by bringing him to cellphone technicians but still they can’t revived him.

After two or 3 days, I gave up on reviving samy. After all he had served me well. So I had to find a replacement but was really confused in choosing HTC ONE vs HTC ONE X+. The specifications was really superp for the two. So after careful researching and reading reviews, I choose to check the HTC ONE X+ on one of the stores here. When I checked on jarir, they told me that they have to order first in Dubai and same thing with Lulu. So they offered me HTC ONE. I was really hesitant for the moment because it’s one of the priciest phone as of the moment. So after two or 3 days after I got leave benefits, I told myself there’s no turning back and I have to really buy the HTC One Red. So off I went to the store and bought it.

This is my review for HTC ONE:

 

  • The aluminum case is superb
  • The gorilla glass feature is really good
  • Battery Life is cool (i’m a gamer )
  • Beats Audio is really nice
  • The display for HTC one is definite flawless.(4.7” HD screen  Resolution: 1920×1080   468 PPI)
  • With 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM I say not bad!
  • On the down side, I had minor front scratch on near the upper speaker of my phone.
  • For the blink feeds, HTC One is okay even without it.

So that’s my review for my HTC One Red.

I actually thank the Lord for providing me this phone for without His help and His generous provision I will not be able to have what I am having right now.

htc one red

htc one red

To you God be the Glory! 🙂

~♣ally♣~

 

max factor my new ally

Been searching for the make up brand that will suit my skin type. I am on the hypersensitive type and oily type of skin so I had to be extra careful in choosing the make up brand.

So before I jumped in buying for make up, I had first to ensure that there are no more breakouts on my face so I was under medication for two weeks for my acne. I have never had serious breakouts when I was still in Manila,but here I think my hormones spiked up a  bit. The doctor gave me two medications one solution type and the other one is an ointment to help clear out pimples which works well for me except the drying part which shows it really is working.

After careful research these are the things I need to consider in buying a makeup:

1. Oil Free

2. Non-comedogenic

3. Contains SPF

4. Dermatologically Tested

So after a careful consideration I opt to purchase the brand max factor in one of the mall here.

So here’s my pick:

1. Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 Foundation + Serum   -> my rate is 7 out of 10

As they have promised:

  • 2-in-1 formula provides foundation and serum with SPF 15.
  • A variety of skin tones to match your natural color
  • Smooth, instant flawless coverage

2. Facefinity Compact -> My rate is 6 out of 10

As they have promised:

  • Hydrates skin adding a satin glow.
  • Contains Perma-Wear for all-day fade resistant colour.
  • Oil and fragrance free.
  • Contains SPF 15 to help protect your skin from the sun.
  • Dermatologically tested

3. Flawless Perfection Blush -> My Rate is 6 out of 10

As they have promised:

  • Soft and sheer texture blends easily into your skin.
  • Dermatologically tested and non-comedogenic.
  • A natural flawless look with a hint of colour
  • Long-lasting colour in eight natural shades.

4.Colour Elixir Lipstick -> My rate is 7 out of 10

As they have promised:

  • Instant fabulous colour.
  • Actively moisturises for smoother, fuller lips (vs bare lips)
  • Colour Elixir Lipstick gives you smooth, soft lips with gorgeous colour.

So I’m into nude make up look,so I opted to select the light and natural colors of which suites my skin tone. I have been wearing them daily and it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing make up at all.

max factor my new ally

max factor my new ally

God Bless!

~♣ally♣~

getting stoked

When I was still working in Philippines, a good buddy of mine noel  introduced me to long boarding and we get stoked every friday night at the BGC area. I tried using his long boards for the sake of trying it after a week of playing and getting stoked, I bought my very own mini cruiser, called fluidsurf a brand in philippines. I was really happy and getting stoked at the same time releasing my stress from work. Until things changed, I was called by my dad to moved to qatar. I have to leave my “defrieya” board to raf and took  care of it.  Then eventually I had to sell it to my friend John because I have to let go of defreiya. It was really a painful experiencing letting go of my first mini cruiser but I have to move on. (seriously it took me months before I moved on).

Fast forward to July 2013:

I had seen in qatar living that there was a sponsor for the event for bmx and skateboarding. So I checked on their facebook page and pull all the courage to send message to them to ask where I can buy a mini cruiser or penny nickel board here in Doha. The administrator of the said fb page told me that GO Sports Qatar has one already. After saying thank you to them, I contacted Go Sports Qatar and messaged them the availability of longboards/mini cruisers. They informed me that they have now the long boards. After my shift I went to Go Sports Qatar in City Center Doha and check on the boards availability. Luckily I meet a “kabayan” assigned on the longboards. The long boards are dusters and I am a bit not confident in buying them since it’s almost same with my height. So I asked the “kabayan” if they have mini cruisers, he said to me there’s one last board penny nickel, and my eyes grew bigger because this was the board I have been waiting and wanting recently.

So he said to me I will get it for you. After getting the penny nickel board, I was really smiling because the color is so striking… yellow and purple for trucks. Then I told him I will get it and  get the TSG helmet for safety to complete my cruisin for the next few days.

Finally I paid it over the cashier, luckily there was a sale so I just paid around 400 QAR for the said items. It really is better to patiently wait and asked God for things like this. He is really faithful to his promises. Last time I prayed that if I passed the ielts I will be buying a penny nickel board as long as it is permitted by my heavenly father.

Now I am stoked and studying again long boarding.

Here’s a snapshot of my “defrieya”:

defrieya and me

defrieya and me

Now that I have defrieya I will be physically healthy and can serve more God because I will use this as my method of transport from my flat to the villa since it’s very near to our flat.

To God be the glory!

~♣ally♣~