Cheap beauty product alternatives for Kabayans! (Dubai)

I’ve told  you before that since I arrived in Dubai I’ve been losing a lot of hair because of the water here. I’ve been reading a lot of articles about beauty solutions and I came across this cheaper alternative for a dry shampoo. I am actually planning to buy one that I saw at Carrefour and it only costs like 30 something AED. but good thing  I came to know that I can actually use baby powder as a dry shampoo replacement!

I bought this Cool & Cool Baby Powder at Carrefour for only 20 something AED  The best baby powder to use as a dry shampoo alternative is look for the one that doesn’t have too much talc on it. Use the tester first and feel the texture. If it  feels like a cornstarch then that’s a better option. All you need to do is put a little amount of powder in your palm, then rub and apply in your hair. No need to get worried about looking like you had dandruff because it blends so well and wouldn’t cause any flaky residue I need using this because I cannot wash my hair everyday due to the fact that the water here in Dubai contains too much chlorine causing drastic hair fall scare.

Another cheap alternative that I am using now is the all time favorite Nivea Creme. I bought this out of impulse. I just realized that I need a new moisturizer and I cannot use an Argan Oil in daytime for it gives me that sticky feel and you cannot imagine how hot and humid Dubai can be during the day. I also need to save money so buying expensive moisturizer is not on my shopping list.

The Nivea Creme can be used as:

  • A face moisturizer
  • Hair balm
  • lip balm
  • nail and hand cream
  • for chapped skin (used as skin moisturizer)

Problem solved right? So for our kabayans out there looking for a solution when it comes to avoiding hair fall and treating dry skin, you might want to consider these options. It’s waaay cheaper!

You might want to check out my article about my shampoo replacement too. Check out Amla Shampoo Replacement review


Surviving Dubai

What do you usually feel when you are in a place where there’s no guarantee of almost everything? No permanency. Everything temporary. Will you get scared? will you worry all the time thinking that possibly the next day, you won’t have a job, or a flat or dread that your contract is fast ending and that you fret because you don’t know if your employer will renew it or not (and if in case not you’ll have to hustle and look for another job). These emotions are pretty normal for most people here in Dubai. Some are actually too enveloped in stress that they are allowing themselves to be consumed by it, which is saddening. A lot of lonely people trying to find ways to ease the feeling of isolation by going to pubs or clubs and looking for someone to ease the feeling even for just a night. I know that this also happens to some other countries too where a lot of expats work abroad to earn for a living for their families and it’s not just Dubai. What I have concluded is that you cannot change the state of your environment, but the good thing is that you can change the state of your thinking and mindset. You see, you have to be adaptable to change. You have to go with the flow of things and be open to new challenges and adventures. Feeling all these negative emotions are  normal and you can acknowledge it. However, it is best that you know how you can divert all these negative feelings into something really positive.  For the past few months since I arrived here in Dubai, I keep holding on to this thought that something really rewarding awaits me. Actually I strongly sense it. And I keep thanking God a million times over and over how I totally appreciate the things that he has blessed me with. After all the hardships that I’ve gone through from dealing with my separation to being hospitalized and now moving to Dubai and start from zero, I must confidently say that I am not afraid anymore and I have never felt so tough when it comes to dealing with challenges. I also became more wiser and intelligent. You gain all these knowledge through experiencing struggles, meeting new people and absorbing facts and principles from books  too.

Shirt from Royal Enfield, Beanie from Forever 21 

So if you will ask me if I am happy now? I’ll say YES. I am happy. And when someone ask me “Why does it seem like you don’t miss your family? You seem like you’re always out and about in Dubai partying.” My usual response is” I do miss my family especially my kids. No need to wear a long face and stay cooped in your flat and be sad and think all these waste thoughts right? ”


Never let these negativity rule you. You sail your own ship and you should know where the direction of the wind will take you. You need to strategically maneuver the sails, make sure that the mast and the winch are intact and in place securely, just like with your life making sure that your emotions are stable and your mind and body are ready to take these new challenges that is coming for you


I hope whoever is reading this will have a fruitful and blessed life ahead of him/her.



SEAOIL offers lifetime supply of fuel to lucky motorists

SEAOIL, the country’s largest independent fuel player, has launched the first raffle promo of its kind in the Philippines that will be giving four lucky motorists their lifetime supply of SEAOIL fuels.
“We have always stood by the quality and performance of SEAOIL fuels and this is our way of thanking our loyal customers, whom we call SEAOIL Believers, for the trust they have placed in us,” said SEAOIL CEO Glenn Yu.
Winners of the “Lifetime Free Gas, Oh My Gas!” promo, which will run from August 14 to November 14, 2017 will be announced during three monthly raffle draws on September 15October 16, and November 28. They will get P5,000 worth of SEAOIL gift certificates per month during their actual lifespan.
Aside from the four main prizes of lifetime SEAOIL fuels, there will be a total of 30 winners of P10,000 pesos worth of SEAOIL gift cards, as well as over 30,000 instant prizes including P10, P20, P100, and P500 discounts on SEAOIL fuels and P100 on SEAOIL Lubricants through “peel-off” cards.
To get a raffle entry which includes an instant prize card, a customer must submit receipts totaling P500 worth of Extreme 97, Extreme 95, Extreme U, Extreme Diesel fuels and/or SEAOIL Lubricants to any SEAOIL station nationwide.
“Lifetime Free Gas, Oh My Gas!” promo follows through on the company’s recent product quality campaign which highlights SEAOIL fuel’s top three qualities. Firstly, SEAOIL’s base fuels are imported from advanced refineries in Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, ensuring world-class quality. Secondly, SEAOIL fuels are monitored and tested at least three times daily at the retail stations for consistency. Thirdly, SEAOIL fuels are the only ones in the Philippines that are powered with STP additives, known for superior engine clean-up and keep-clean properties resulting in improved performance.

“This is definitely an exciting time for us as we gear and pump up all of our 400 stations for this,” said Yu. “SEAOIL Believers all over the country will have a chance to be part of this nationwide celebration.”
Earlier in the year, the company launched its biggest station to date, the two-hectare SEAOIL-CityMall SCTEX mega station, a P600-million collaboration between SEAOIL and CityMall Commercial Centers Inc. Located near the Concepcion Exit in Tarlac, the SEAOIL mega station is midway between Baguio and Manila, making it the perfect stopover for travelers from northern Luzon provinces.
Throughout the years, SEAOIL has pioneered innovative products such as alternative fuels like bioethanol gasoline and biodiesel as well as services and programs including its award-winning franchise package as part of its commitment to excellence and service to the Filipino people.

Deepening meditation experiences: Brahma Kumaris

Deepen your spiritual understanding and experience of Raja Yoga Meditation with an experienced senior yogi. Learn more about the ultimate way to experience constant peace and happiness amidst this world loaded with peacelessness, suffering and uncertainties. This retreat offers you to:

  • Gain a broader understanding of what is happening in the world at this time and how it affects you as you begin to understand the depth of karma philosophy;
  • Experience Raj Yoga Meditation once again.
  • Discover the benefits of leading a spiritual lifestyle.

This will be on August 12, 9am to August 13, 3pm. The retreat is Deepening Meditation Experiences. We hope you can join us in this wonderful and soul-full retreat.

Below is the suggested schedule of your retreat:
8:00-9:00         Arrival/Registration
9:00-9:30         Orientation and Warm-up
9:30-10:00       Expectation Check
10:00-10:30     Snack Break
10:30-12:30     Session: Practical Aspects of Soul-consciousness
12:30-1:30       Lunch
1:30-3:30         Personal Time and Reflection
3:30-4:00         Snack
4:00-5:30         Meditation Session
5:30-6:30         Session: Experiencing God’s Love and Protection 1
6:30-7:30         Blessing Ceremony
7:30-8:15         Dinner
8:15-9:00         Session: Experiencing God’s Love and Protection 2

4:00-4:45 am   Early morning meditation
6:30-7:00         Nature Walk or Breathing Exercise
7:00-7:30         Reflection
7:30-8:30         Breakfast
8:30-9:30         Session: Depths of Karma Philosophy
9:30-10:00       Reflection Time
10:00-10:30     Snack Time
10:30-12:30     Workshop with Lecture
12:30-1:30       Lunch
1:30-2:30         Q and A Session
2:30-3:00         Sharing of Experiences/Toli/Blessings
3:00 onwards Departure

During the retreat, there will be inspiring chit-chat sessions with Sister Rajni, a meditation practitioner for more than 40 years, meditation drills, interactive classes, and creative workshops to help guide you into the depth of silence so you can experience the most benefit. Sessions will be on meditation, self-realizations, philosophy of karma, and there will also be Q&A portion.

Facilitation of the retreat is our service to humanity. However, there is a contribution of 1,700 pesos per person to cover your meals, snacks, accommodation and use of the facilities.
Kindly send us your confirmation by August 7 to help us in our preparation for the retreat. Should you have questions and concerns, please feel free to contact us at (046) 4832128 / 09175020243 or send us an email.

Finding the right car at Cars.Com



I came from a family who’s into automobile business.  My dad was obsessed with cars of all sorts from vintage to modern ones. We used to run an automotive business from selling used cars, restoring cars,  paint jobs and almost everything you can think of as long as it’s about cars. My uncle also runs the same business but his main focus are Volkswagens.  And my brother now has his own automotive business and offers home services too. He is such an expert mechanic too and I guess the skill was passed on by my dad. So given that I have a  background about automobiles, finding the perfect car is a piece of cake!

When you’re looking to buy a car, you would need to consider a lot of factors. I suggest you can make a checklist of what your preferences are, from the model, make, the performance, the price and if it really fits your current lifestyle. This could be a tedious work because a lot of car dealers and agents could take advantage of you if you are not knowledgeable with what you’re  buying. Do an extensive research first. Visiting several dealers is very important so you have the option to choose and compare prices. If you are buying a used automobile, , one important factor is checking the number of miles because this will determine the wear and tear and functionality. Buying cars can be very tricky and if you don’t think strategically about this you could end up buying something you’ll regret in the end.

So where should you start searching for brand new and used vehicles you ask? Actually, there are a lot of websites that offers a wide range of choices however, there’s only one trusted website ‘that i can recommend for you.

Company Overview: is a leading online destination that helps car shoppers and owners navigate every turn of car ownership. A pioneer in automotive classifieds, the company has evolved into one of the largest digital automotive platforms, connecting consumers with local dealers across the country anytime, anywhere. Through trusted expert content, on-the-lot mobile app features, millions of new and used vehicle listings, a comprehensive set of research tools and the largest database of consumer reviews in the industry, helps shoppers buy, sell and service their vehicles. It is also a great resource for finding great deals for cars whether you are looking for brand new or used ones. The website is easy to navigate and you can search for cars on sale by entering the zip code of the location you wish to buy the car from. You will also find some helpful articles about Maintenance 101 like how long will your tire last, how often should you rotate your tires, or is oil for high- mileage engines worth the extra cost? and other helpful tips you should know. If you also have a used car ‘you wanted to sell, or trade, you may register and list your car under the car listings section.

Here are samples of used cars you can find in NYC.


Used 2016 Maserati GranTurismo MC Centennial

Used 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo

You may also check their video reviews about the cars like this one

Video: 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody: First Drive–first-drive-5511896187001/

Check out and start shopping for that perfect car you’ve been wanting. Shop wisely. Read reviews and articles and find the best car dealers in a specific state near you.

Desperate for something green.

I kept thinking about Tagaytay, my favorite place in the Philippines. Whenever i feel sad, happy, or craving for solitude, I make it a point to spend my time either at Pink Sisters or at Brahma Kumaris to meditate, relax or just feel the cool breeze and fresh air. However, here in Dubai, everything is man-made. And right now it’s scorching hot and you can’t even inhale fresh air because it’s mostly humid. Trees aren’t swaying. They just stood there unnaturally frozen. I feel so sad most of the time. I am craving for nature so badly that I don’t have much choice but to visit parks. Don’t get me wrong. I love Dubai and it’s luxury and glamour, but if you are a nature lover like me, the only thing you’ll appreciate in this city is the beach. That is the closest nature feels you can get.

So since I am talking about parks here, I wanted to show you how beautiful they are, even if they are purely unnatural.

Barsha Pond Park 

I love this park so much. There’s a running track for joggers, a pond, basketball court, tennis court and playground for kids. A few benches to sit on if you feel like reading a book,  relaxing or listening to music. My favorite spot here is facing the pond while pigeons try to give you company when lonely. It’s so nice here especially if you feel like wanting solitude and just think and ponder on some things.

Internet City Park

Nothing quite special about this place but there’s a nice small pond too and a few benches to sit on if you feel like blogging or writing something. A perfect place to read as well. It is mostly a hangout for geeks who work there inside Internet City.


Media City Park


Same thing here. People who work inside Media City usually spend their time just relaxing. Perfect place to jog and have picnics.


The Greens 


I spend most of my evenings here to jog, think, or read a book. It’s just a 10 minute walk from our flat. this is a park where you can walk your dogs, do your yoga asanas, and hang out at coffee shops nearby.

More places to share. It’s summer here so most of us just prefer staying inside our flat because the heat is too unbearable already. 🙂

Prevent Hair Loss: Dabur Amla Shampoo Replacement Review

I am having serous hair dilemma!

Since I arrived in Dubai last month, I am losing almost a hundred strands of hair a day and it’s getting way out of hand. I have fine hairs and the problem with this is that if I tend to lose more hairs, I’d definitely have bald patches in my head, which isn’t a good sight believe me. In desperation to find some solution for this, I started doing research online and found out that it’s actually the water in Dubai that’s causing so much hair fall for women and men alike. The harmful chlorine added to the full blast air conditioning of flats are creating serious damage to our scalp and losing it’s natural moisture. Now I have figured that the best solution is to start using Paraben free hair products and also buy a filter to hook it up in the shower head to prevent some serious hair fall scare.

DAbur Amla Shampoo Replacement Dabur Shampoo Replacement 

DAbur Amla Shampoo Replacement


the creamy lather feels so light in my scalp and I know that it’s mild and won’t cause any harmful effects because it isn’t too strong. The Indian Gooseberry or popularly known in the UAE as Amla,  helps with hair growth and makes the hair really lustrous and strong. The Amla fruit has a Carotene and iron component which is a natural anti-oxidant. Now I decided to use this instead of the regular shampoo to help with hair loss treatment that i’ll be doing for the next few months. I mean this is pretty serious and I miss my old hair. I am still getting used to this DXB culture thing and making a lot of adjustments. Apart from the mild feel, I also love the scent as it is not too overpowering compared to the traditional shampoos we use. What I love here in Dubai is that you’ll find a lot of affordable organic products. I love shopping at Carrefour because they always carry affordable stuff in there.

So if you are a Kabayan (most of Filipinos are being called Kabayan here) and you are new in Dubai, I suggest to use this product because you’ll be losing so much hair like me. You’ll see a lot of people here balding and some have bald patches which looks really horrible especially if you are a woman.

More product review soon. I am missing Philippines already!


Early Sunday Mornings Become Brighter with Wazzup Pilipinas Radio

There is truth to the old adage that the early bird catches the worm since several studies have also correlated waking up early with success. It seems success could easily be attained when an individual maintains the habit of beating the sunrise to eagerly start his daily adventures feeling refreshed, highly energized and with renewed enthusiasm.

Most successful people are those who get a head start on the day by knocking out tasks before the rest of the world, especially their peers and competitors, has rolled out of bed. They are the go-getters who want to work longer hours but still have enough time for their personal lives too. The biographies of history’s greatest men would reveal that most of them were early risers. “They were men of action who had things to do and people to see. They couldn’t dilly dally under the covers.”

Early risers can be more productive, successful, and calm. They are happier, healthier and more productive than night owls. Normally, those who are punctual and are never late for work, events, meetings, and other gatherings and activities, often get the biggest opportunity because not only do they gain the admiration of their superiors and peers for their punctuality, they often send across the message that they are highly reliable, resourceful and organized.

Since traffic congestion has become a normal scenario nowadays, giving it as an excuse for being late no longer counts as an acceptable reason. Early risers have a habit of making their way to their destinations even before they get caught in a jam. They avoid such hassles because they plan ahead so that even before all the rest of the PUVs and private cars congest the streets of Metro Manila, they’ve already managed to mark the most convenient routes to reach their target destinations.

Now, there are more reasons to wake up early even on Sunday mornings. Wazzup Pilipinas Radio has been regularly on air on a weekly basis every Sunday at 6 to 7 am, and has proudly topped all the rest of the early morning radio shows during that time. The radio show has been airing live on DZRJ 810 AM and livestreaming on 8Trimedia Network’s social media pages via YouTube: and via Facebook Live:

Hosted by the Pambansang Blogger Ross Del Rosario, with co-hosts Master Pogi David D’Angelo, Millennial Momshie Sarah Muyco, and Ate ng Bayan Ayla De Joya,

South Girl goes to Dubai!

Leggings (Forever 21)  Top (random finds) White sneakers (Converse) Sunglasses (Rayban) Charlie Chapman backpack (Flea market in Dubai)


With my sister  at Souk Al Bahar


A breeding ground for rich people. Dubai is so beautiful that I literally went speechless as soon as I stepped in tthe airport. All the places look immaculately clean. Everything is so modern that even the parking lot is automated  when you pay for your slot. A driverless Metro as it is programmed in between stops makes everything so easy and convenient to travel. Now I know why so many Filipinos are enjoying their life here. If you are determined and goal driven, youll get rich really quick here.  I met one filipino  who already owns an Aston Martin in just 3 years of working here in Dubai. Amazing isn’t it?

More things to tell about this place soon. In the meantime, I’ll be busy helping my sister for her wedding. I’m still thinking of considering to relocate because this place is just so pretty and full of wonderful opportunities. I’ll keep you posted.





Help Lavinia Battle Chronic Kidney Disease

Her name is Maria Lavina Cajoles. She looks strong and vibrant but deep inside she is bruised, fighting a battle that not ordinary women have. A year ago, Lav is diagnosed with what we call as Chronic Kidney Disease or commonly called CKD. A person with CKD has kidney whose function gradually becomes impaired. In its advanced stage, electrolytes and wastes can build up in the body making one’s body weak. There will be complications like anemia, weak bones, and even nerve damage. Treatment for chronic kidney disease focuses on slowing the progression of the kidney damage, usually by controlling the underlying cause. Chronic kidney disease can progress to end-stage kidney failure, which is fatal without artificial filtering (dialysis) or a kidney transplant. 

Most people don’t have any symptoms early in the disease. Once the disease progresses, the symptoms can include feeling tired, feeling weak, loss of appetite, not sleeping, not thinking clearly and swelling of the feet and ankles. The most common causes of CKD are high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Chronic kidney disease can also be caused by infections or urinary blockages. Today, as Lav takes the battle field to the next level, she finds comfort in knowing that she is never alone in her fight. The fact that people she doesn’t personally know care about her gives her strength. Currently, Lav is an active member of Life Saving Shirts wherein the group sells shirts for a cause not only for Lav but also for other patients who are fighting the battle of CKD. Support Lav in her battle by visiting the fan page of Life Saving Shirts.

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