Author: Layla

I nearly forgot about this.

I’ve made it this far. Whew! I’ve been working in this government office for six years now. Technically, it’s seven, but my contractual stint didn’t count as government service. It’s been a rocky road so far, but I’m so glad I stuck it through. There were many times I’ve considered handing in my notice due to mental health reasons, but I didn’t. I’m still working here, and it’s unbelievable. Thank you for that rollercoaster, PNRI. I love you.

My glass skin dreams

As I am in my mid-thirties, I need to take better care of my skin, thus the incorporation of two anti-aging moisturisers s and facial wash in my skin care routine. Recently however, i came across this article from Allure introducing a popular Korean trend, the glass skin, a fancy term for clear, luminous, seemingly transparent skin. Of course I was sold on that. Who doesn’t want a clear, dewy, and luminous skin? I wouldn’t be an exception. The products pictured above aren’t all the products I use everyday for skincare. There are new products that I have just bought, and not yet used! I’m willing to share my skincare routine, though.

It’s Sinking In

Well, hello you. Again, it’s been ages since I have written an update, and during that time, I wasn’t in a very good place mentally and emotionally. As well, I have been physically ill a lot, the heat being the main culprit. There was another reason for the silence. I’ve applied for graduate school at the end of April; took the exam on the 11th of May. Well, who look got in. I had to give out my application number twice to the college secretary over the phone to make sure that I passed. The photo above was proof that I don’t need to pinch myself. I passed, oh dear Lord, I passed–and I even attended the orientation. Yes, I know I’ve got a lot of work cut out for me academically, but oh God, let me have a moment of giddiness. Getting admitted into this state university isn’t something to be sneezed at—it is a big deal, considering that’s the uni nearly every Filipino wants to study in. I could apply for an appeal, …

After that long break + what I learned during that time

Hello, I’m back, after a long break. So many things have happened–Lent and grad school applications thrown in together. So, what’s Lent got to do with the break? Well, it’s the time of the year I usually do my annual social media detox. I cheated a bit, that’s true (#cantstayawayfromthegram), but I’ve learned to be less fixated on it. There are a few things I’ve learned during my break. I will be sharing my insights on them.

Hello, hello.

Hello, how are you? Hope you are doing fine. It’s been more than a month since I last updated this blog, and to be honest, it’s been wonderful not posting. Don’t get me wrong, I still love blogging, but there have been times when I have been wondering what am I still doing with this blog, and being completely devoid of motivation. For the past few years, I felt like I had to keep up with everything, and I’ve felt the intense pressure to write something worth reading. Three years later, I can now admit that I felt like I had to churn my brains out in order not to lose readers.

Pie time! My experimental Salted Caramel Apple Crumble Pie

It’s been long since I posted on here, and as well, a long time since I have shared anything food-related on here, much less a recipe. I took advantage of today’s rest day, although it’s for a sad reason, as there’s a huge typhoon brewing in the northernmost part of the Philippines. Please pray for them, that the storm might change its course and that the damages and lives lost would not be a large number.  All right, I deviated again! I will be sharing this experimental Salted Caramel Apple Crumble Pie.  Here’s the recipe. 🙂

The Lazy Girl’s All in One Meal

My father’s been taken to the hospital more than three weeks ago, but he’s home now–yay! I won’t lie though, those three weeks were tense, to say the least. And that meant that I was on my own a lot. And me being left alone a lot gives me reason to prepare a meal that can be eaten at any time of the day: bacon, egg, and mushroom fried rice. This dish screams HELLO, HIGH CHOLESTEROL, but while I don’t whip it up often, it’s worth it whenever I do. Preparing the ingredients took the most time, admittedly. As we don’t consume as much rice as we used to, there was none on hand, which meant that I had to cook rice. And frying bacon isn’t something to be sneezed at, either! I enjoyed the preparation process though, and I’m sharing the recipe in hopes that you’ll enjoy preparing the dish and eating the end product.

Read || The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery

How are you all doing? Hope you are doing well! It’s been ages since I’ve written a book review–I’ve been reading a lot of books but I haven’t put pen to paper. Or rather, in this case, fingertips to keyboard with regard to how I feel about them! I’m going to review one of my favourite author’s little known work. Reading Lucy Maud (LM) Montgomery’s work is always a treat. I’ve fallen in love with Anne of Green Gables as a little girl. In many ways, I related to Anne Shirley. I still do, actually. While I have many good friends and I love them dearly, there’s only a few with whom I have the same wavelength–I share her viewpoint in having a friend that’s also a ‘kindred spirit’.  I still read the books in the series because there’s something about worth revisiting in Anne Shirley’s world: She never changes who she is, and she does her own thing. For those who have never read the series at all–IT IS NEVER TOO LATE. It’s totally worth your …

Hey baby, it’s okay.

So finally, I took a short trip out of the urban jungle that is Manila. Finally, after almost five years! A little warning: this post will be at the danger of sounding like I’m half-bottle of whining, but I promise, I’ll do my best to make sure it won’t go there. I haven’t been doing at all well lately, emotionally, that is. Well, to be honest, it’s only partly true. I have my good days. But some days were…meh. Which is why I stayed away from blogging, because I just didn’t feel like writing anything. I did feel guilty about not writing anything at all.

Read || The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

How are you? How was your Valentine’s Day? Hope it went well. 🙂 This is a book that I’ve been dying to review–but I re-read this book over and over to do this review justice. 🙂 It’s definitely my favourite book at the moment, and it’s been totally worth it to buy on Amazon. Because sadly, it’s not available in book shops in the Philippines. Yeah, I’m talking to you National Bookstore, Powerbooks, and Fully Booked. And people are missing a lot not reading this book! Well, at least I think so. Eva Rice’s The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets takes place in 1950s England, a country still recovering from the effects of the Second World War, and still coping with rationing. At the same time, England was also invaded by America.