Chinese New Year Celebration in School

Last February 23, the Grade 3 students of LSGH were asked to come to school wearing Chinese costumes. This was in line with the school’s celebration of Chinese New Year. Justin wore a borrowed Chinese silk robe for boys, paired with black slacks and black shoes.

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Prior to their post-Chinese New Year celebration at LSGH, the boys were also asked to make their own Chinese lanterns that were displayed in school. Unfortunately, I couldn’t open my desktop where that photo was stored.

So what do you think of our kung fu kid?

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Review of HairFix Hair Coloring Shampoo

I’ve been having my hair dyed in the salon every 2 months primarily to cover gray roots on top of my head. Having it done in the salon is costly, however, so when I learned from other blogs that there’s a cheaper way to do it, I leapt at this opportunity to save big bucks on hair color. I went to Watsons to buy a packet of HairFix Hair Coloring Shampoo for only Php69.00. Yes, it’s that cheap! I chose Chestnut Brown because it’s the one closest to my hair color at the time of purchase.

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HairFix Hair Coloring Shampoo (Chestnut Brown), Php69.00

The package includes hair coloring shampoo and disposable gloves. The hair coloring shampoo has colorant and developer that you need to mix first before applying on your hair. Permanent color lasts up to 10 weeks.

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Directions for Use:

1. Unpack the shampoo sachet, wear the gloves, squeeze contents onto your palm and mix.
2. Apply the mixture evenly on your damp hair. Massage your hair from roots to tip until lather forms.
3. Leave the mixture on your hair for 20 to 25 minutes.
4. Add a small amount of water until it lathers then rinse.

Warning:

1. Avoid contact with eyes.
2. Do preliminary skin patch test to see if you’re allergic to any of its ingredients.
3. Do not apply on peeling, irritated, wounded or burnt skin or scalp.

Before and After Shots:

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As you can see, the color I chose (Chestnut Brown) is a shade lighter than my original hair color. In my before-picture, you’ll see a strand of white hair on top of my head which was partially covered in my after-photo.

What I Like:

1. It’s cheap. I spent less than Php100.00 for this hair coloring shampoo, while going to the salon for hair color will cost me more than Php1,000.
2. I did everything myself because the instructions are so easy to follow.

What Can Be Improved:

1. My hair became hard and dry after rinsing the hair coloring shampoo with water. It’s a good thing that the shampoo I use after applying HairFix has argan oil which makes the hair soft and shiny.
2. The mixture stings the eye. Well, that’s why they have a warning on this. Lol!
3. It didn’t fully cover my gray roots. I had to buy another packet again less than a month after my first application.

Verdict:
HairFix Hair Coloring Shampoo definitely adds life to your hair, just like the product’s promise. It gives your desired hair color, but it’s not an effective way of covering silvery roots. Yes, I will buy this product again and try a different color, but I guess I still need to drop by my trusted hair salon every now and then if I want an effective albeit temporary solution to my gray hair.

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Go-Karting in Emerald Avenue on a Sunday Morning

We woke up early on the last Sunday of January and trooped to Emerald Avenue (now called F. Ortigas Jr. Road) in Ortigas, Pasig to try their “Carless Sunday” activities. Every Sunday from 6:00 am to 12:00 noon, Emerald Avenue becomes a carless road, allowing people to exercise, jog, bike, go-kart, etc., without the hassle. This program was started in 2012 by then Pasig Mayor Bobby C. Eusebio to help Pasig residents adopt a healthy lifestyle.

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There weren’t no bikes for rent yet when we arrived, and the go-karts were still being prepared, so we decided to have breakfast first at a McDonald’s nearby.

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After eating, Justin went straight to the go-kart station. A 20-minute ride here costs Php100.00, while a 1-hour ride costs Php200.00.

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Aside from biking and go-karting, people can also while away the hours at Ortigas Park.

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There are also merchandise booths and several fast food restaurants in the area.

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We stayed in Emerald Avenue for two hours and went back to our place to get ready for church.

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Justin will ride a bike next time.

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Grade 3 Report Card for Second Trimester

This post is long overdue. I got Justin’s report card for second trimester last January, but I wasn’t able to write about it right away. We were happy to find out that Justin still made it to the First Honors list.

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Justin maintained his grades for four subjects and increased his grades for three subjects, not bad since most people say that the second trimester is usually the hardest.

Congratulations, son, and keep up the excellent work!

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A Vikings Birthday Treat

Because it’s my birthday last January 31, I got to eat for free at Vikings SM Megamall. Hubby reserved a table for us at Vikings in advance, so we didn’t have to wait long to get in. Vikings’ Chinese New Year-inspired theme made the place livelier and more colorful, quite a nice way to celebrate my special day.

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Hubby’s Plates

Hubby’s first stop was at the carving station where he got some steak and lechon. He dropped by the street foods section, too, several times.

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He then had a plate of black pasta.

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Seafood dishes came next.

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Finally, he capped off his sumptuous lunch with Mango Sago and a plate of fresh and sweet fruits.

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My Plates

I started off with a plate of dim sum goodies.

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Then, I went Japanese and tried different types of sushi.

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I was already a bit full after the second plate, but I simply couldn’t resist the Patatim. I got a few slices of this tender and slightly sweet pork dish and added some shrimps, fish and sautéed Taiwan pechay.

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I got native kakanin (puto bumbong, cassava cake, pichi-pichi and sapin-sapin) for desserts and shared some of hubby’s fresh fruit platter.

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Our Son’s Plates
At first, our 8-year-old son couldn’t decide what to eat, so he looked around first. He settled for thin crust cheese pizzas. He had three slices, I think. I didn’t have a picture of this, though. I got him another plate of rice and meat, but he didn’t eat it. It was hubby who finished that plate. When I thought he was ready for desserts, I got him mini doughnuts, small cakes and ensaymada. He devoured the ensaymada and took a bite of the chocolate doughnut.

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He asked me if I wanted taho, and I said yes. He was the one who put sago and syrup, but he added an unlikely ingredient, evaporated milk. Lol! He said he prepared it for me, so I had no choice but to try some of it.

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We didn’t wait anymore for the Vikings’ staff to sing me a birthday song because our son was already getting impatient. Besides, we already ate more than what our tummies could hold. Thanks, hubby, for this delicious (and fattening) birthday treat!

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We went to Vikings on a Sunday, and we paid Php888 for one adult and Php588 for one kid. My buffet lunch, as I said earlier, was free. That’s one of the promos Vikings have for their customers.

Vikings
4th Level, Mega Fashion Hall
SM Megamall
Mandaluyong City

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