Hello, Rovie Dear!

8.20.2016

A Strong #ThighWarrior Mama

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Keeping a full time job while trying to be hands on to my son is indeed very challenging. I usually find myself complaining on how I don't have that much time to do other things cause I'm usually swamped with work or motherhood duties. It took years to finally work things out and find time for myself. Since I have been meaning to get fit from the time I gave birth to Leon, I really had to do something about my work and sleep schedule so I can squeeze in a little time for fitness. Gladly, I have a supportive husband who manages to be creative with my schedule or even help me multitask. Like what we did last Sunday when I attended Plana Forma's yoga class.
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Since my husband had to attend to a lunch out with friends in Makati last Sunday, he agreed to drive me to Planaforma around 11am for my 1hr Yoga Forma Asana class. We usually bring our son with us during weekends (weekend is dedicated for family time) and he agreed that he will look after him while I attend the class.
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 I consider myself a fit person cause I (try to) workout 2-3x a week. So when I attended Planaforma's yoga class, I thought it will be very easy for me. But I was wrong. The forma asana class I attended, although considered a class for beginners, was very challenging. I usually do a lot of weight lifting and dancing and doing something that involves correcting my posture or a lot of squats is what I find most difficult. My body, especially my things were trembling in each of the small movements I have to do. I had a difficult tome bending and stretching (cause my limbs are hyper extended), and most of all, I had a hard time squatting.
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Then I realized how hard it is to be a planaforma #ThighWarrior. The movements were easy to listen to but very very difficult to execute. I am also very grateful that our instructor, Ms. Bernadette Osias waa very strict when it comes to our form. She approaches each one of the students (even calling us in our first names) to correct our forms and postures. (Which made the class a lot more difficult)
The class was very difficult but all the muscle aches, especially in the thighs (that lingered for 3 days) were worth it. It made me feel stronger and more confident as well. I am really looking forward for more plana classes ❤
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Anyways, the husband and the kid went over the Park near Rada and played for an hour while waiting for me to finish. The moment they went back to the studio, my baby bear immediately went to me and clinged as if he was not able to see me for a long time. 
So for moms who want to workout but cant leave their kids behind? Bring along your husband / friend / help / relative who will look after your kid for an hour (or more) and be very strong enough to play with your child right after an intense workout 😅

xx,
Rovie Dear

8.17.2016

Another Day, Just Breathe

8:48 AM

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Almost a month ago, my husband and I went to this picturesque coffee shop called The Coffee Project for our usual post workout Sunday fix. Since the place is so instagrammable, I took the liberty of having my OOTD photos taken inside. (On a side note, Coffee Project's interior is really a beauty, the coffee is good but the food needs more effort)
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Anyways, how are you guys? If you are wondering as to why I gave this post such title, its just because lately, I feel so overwhelmed with all the things that I have to do. While the young millennials nowadays say, adulating is so hard -- the older, later adult in me has to admit that indeed, it is very very hard.

Oftentimes, I have this internal struggle to whether quit work and be a full time mom to Leon, yet I also have this desire to add value to my current career. After 8 years of doing the same job for the same company, I now have this yearning to be promoted, to do something else, to earn more, to provide more for my family. However, luck has been very elusive to me lately and after several attempts on promotion, I got rejected.

It was the biggest heartbreak I had in my 8 years of working. Moreover, I was also having some personal issues that also challenged my strength. But I had to be the bigger person and move on. I had to think of my blessings, instead of dwelling into the negative things. I learned to accept things and move on.
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With all the challenges and setbacks I experienced the past few months, all I can say now is to just breathe. Things may be hard but our God will not give us a challenge that we cannot face. So whenever we feel down or challenged, it's just another day, just breathe.

Anyways, in case you are curious to the brands I am wearing, here are the details:
SM GTW Dress || PAYLESS (Montego Bay) Wedges

Til my next post!
xx.
Rovie Dear

8.10.2016

The Revival

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A couple of Sundays ago, I had the privilege to witness Selena Gomez perform live during her Revival tour in MOA arena. I was in deep awe when I saw and here her perform her hits (I love you like a love song, baby). Selena's transformation had been so inspiring that I am beginning to like her and her music. Fortunately, her performance during her #RevivalManila tour did not disappoint.

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I never expected that I'll be able to witness Selena live in Manila and I'm grateful that the husband bought tickets for me to watch the concert. The husband and I have been having some troubles lately and that was one of his (many) peace offerings. Well, it was a good start.
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Even though we were very from the stage, that did not stop me from singing and dancing to Same Old Love, Hands to Myself and so on and so forth. I may not be able to see Selena up close but hearing her and watch her own the stage was fulfilling enough. I was not able to take a lot of concert photos too so let me just share with you what I wore that night. Did my own hair and make up, by the way.


URDUJA Dress || H&M Sandals || Furla Bag

I just realized how fitting the title is to my blog! It's been a while since I posted OOTDs in my blog and I really hope that I will be able to revive it! Hope you liked my short but sweet post :)

Xx

8.06.2016

Candy Colored Outfits

11:09 PM
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A couple of weeks back, Leon a was invited to attend a shopkins themed birthday party. Guests were advised to wear candy colored outfits, hence our color scheme. I initially intended to wear matching outfits with Leon but I do not own a lot of powder blue colored outfits nor Leon does not have a pink shirt (yet), decided to come in complimenting outfits instead.
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Aaaah. I still could not fathom how fast Leon is growing. I can still remember him being this fragile little infant who clings to me 24/7 for nourishment, security and protection. Now, he is transforming to this smart, good looking and very active toddler who is very curious to explore the world. No matter how hard I pray for time to stand still and stop him from growing up so fast, I have no choice but to savor each and every moment and enjoy watching him grow. Seeing him achieve his milestones day by day is amazing.
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Anyways, let me share with you some of the photos I took during Soleia's 7th birthday party. It was the first time Leon sat in the kiddie area of the party. It was also the first time for me to witness Leon sitting there and curiously watching the magician and behaving like a sweet little boy he is. Well, it di not last that long cause after eating dozens of candies from the buffet, Leon and I ended playing at the playground area of Arista Place condominium. (Hay, kids and their attention span!)
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Outfit details:
On Me: 
SM GTW Pink Dress | FOREVER 21 Cardigan | KMART Shoes
On Leon:
GINGERSNAPS Polo & Khaki Pants || Nike Shoes

Its been a while since I posted a fashion related post! Hope you guys like it.
xx,
Rovie Dear

8.04.2016

Sweet and Smoother Scrubbin with Whipped

8:13 PM
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Going to salons for waxing and scrubbing is not new to me but Whipped's services is definitely something new. When I first had my underarm and eyebrow waxing at Whipped a couple of months back, I was surprised to find out that they are using sugar wax-- an organic, healthier alternative that makes the smoother. Now, the surprises just keeps getting better and better when I tried their underarm caramel scrubbin.
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We all know that scrubbing removes dead skin cells that makes your skin smoother and whiter. However, Whipped added something sweet to your usual scrub by adding some sugar and tangerine zest. After a few minutes of scrubbing, they shall finish the treat with a sugar underarm wax. Afterwards, your underarm will look and feel smoother and whiter.
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Since I enjoy Whipped's eyebrown waxing service, I also availed of eyebow waxing that on top of the underarm scrub. My therapist made sure that my eyebrow shape will be on fleek and even used tweezers to those unruly hair that the wax could not remove. I also love it because the hair does not grow up really fast afterwards.
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I really enjoy doing pampering  myself once in a while. Lets admit it moms, we badly need this "me time." I try to devote at least one or two days in a month to pamper myself -- may it be wax, nail spa of massage. We need it. We need it so bad so we could take a break from all the stress -- work, family and all our other responsibilities. I specifically enjoy my caramel scrubbin at Whipped cause it gave me the confidence to wear my sleeveless tops and raise my arms without hesitation. We all need to feel pretty and sexy sometime. I'm glad Whipped is giving it to me whenever I need it the most.
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We moms can easily squeeze in a few minutes of me time as long as we have our partners or friends to look over our kids while we do our stuff. That's how I managed to have my caramel scrubbin in between taking care of this bub and having my much needed waxing time ;)

xx,
Roviedear 

8.03.2016

A Refreshing Buffet Experience at 7 Flavors

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Everytime I take my alternate route from work to our house in QC, I never fail to miss the sight of 7 Flavors restaurant along A. Mabini Street at San Juan. I was always curious to try it out as its signage says "7 Flavors Buffet Bakery Cafe," where I initially thought that it was a bakery buffet that offers unlimited dessert and pastries. But, I was wrong. Very wrong.
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7 flavors is a restaurant with a fresh concept. On the ground floor, It has a bakery that offers good breads and pastries. (I heard their ensaymada tastes so goos that it easily goes out of stock in the morning). If you want some ala carte comfort food, they have the 7 Flavors Cafe to serve you good all day breakfast and coffee, which can also be a chill bar ag night. But if your stomach craves for something more, then you may want to go to their second floor and check out their buffet.
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We all love buffets. Who does not? For a small price to pay, you can enjoy all the food you want until you ran out of space to breathe. For Php 400 per head, you can enjoy a fair mix of salads, starters, main course and desserts with your family or friends. At night, the rates goes up to Php 600 per head. It also has 3 private rooms that you can use should you want a more private, intimate gathering.
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The buffet has a decent number of dishes enough to satisfy your craving. They have a maki station to fill your wanting for some Japanese food, and a roast beef station in case your inner carnivore is hungry. My personal favorite is their tacos for it has a homey and comforting taste. The buffet has a mix of Filipino, chinese and some Korean dishes enough to fill your tummies. You can have your DIY halo halo or indulge in their pastries for dessert. Drinks like iced tea, four seasons and lemonade comes for free as well.
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7 flavors is a refreshing option to those who are usually overwhelmed with the numerous food servings of other buffet restaurants present. Personally however, I would enjoy the buffet more if they would offer a greater variety to their  dimsum and sashimi offering. Yet, I enjoyed eating in 7 Flavors cause of its cozy interiors and relaxing ambiance. You could enjoy eating unlimited food without the hassle or the noise.
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