Megan Detox & Lightening Peel-Off Clay Mask with Charcoal Extract Review

Charcoal peel-off mask has been quite popular, and I thought I should try and see if I will be having a hard time peeling it off like other charcoal face mask that made a lot of people teary eyed while removing it.

What it promises:

1. Help remove impurities.

2. Lighten skin.

3. Leaving it looking fresh and glowing.

This is where you can apply the quote, “Tiis ganda!” I honestly loved the way the mask removed the impurities such as white and black heads as it sticks to the mask when you peel it off. But girl, it is quite painful when you start peeling the mask off, especially when some of your baby hair was covered with it. The trick to make the peeling less pain full is to not forcefully remove it in areas such as those near your hair line, because you can gently wash it off using warm water. Another thing, I am also not sure if you will love how it smells, because it smells like a light chemical, but it wears off while the mask is drying.

Direction for use:

1. Apply evenly to face, avoiding eye area.

2. Leave it on 15-20 minutes or until dry.

3. Gently peel off the mask from bottom toward to top.

4. Rinse with warm water.

5. For best results use 2-3 times a week.

Would I recommend that you try this? Yes.

Price: 25.00 / 10g pack

See you on my next blog!

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Mumuso Snail Moisturizing Hydrogel Review

One of the best sellers in Mumuso is their moisturizing hydrogels. You’ll see one of their shelves filled with these products in different kinds. So, what does hydrogel mean? It is a gel in which the liquid component is water. Now let’s move on to the function of a tiny snail in this product. The slime of a snail has a lot of benefit, such as firming, soothing, brightening, as well as moisturizing, but it depends on what kind of snail. It has been used in Ancient Greek to treat burns and because of these benefits snail filtrate has been widely used in cosmetic and beauty industry. It is popular in Korean beauty products and spas in Thailand. Now, it got a curious person like me into trying it. Mumuso Snail Moisturizing Hydrogel is not advisable to be used under your makeup so if you are outside the whole day, your only chance of applying it is at night. So, after washing my face and toning at night, I apply this moisturizer before I go to sleep and rinse it off when I take a bath in the morning. I love this moisturizer because it happened to save my skin from completely drying up. I went through a really rough month of August with an extremely dry skin especially in the eye area, and because I use makeup every day, the dryness worsen. The skin on my cheeks and eye area went paper dry and started to burn. I had so much difficulty in getting the moisture back even if I applied petroleum jelly every night for a week. Then I passed by Mumuso and saw this moisturizer, hoping that it will help save my skin. The price, size and benefit got me interested to bring it to the counter. On the first night of application I noticed that my skin is still dry the next morning after washing it off, but the burning feeling somehow subsided because of the snail filtrate soothing effect. Then after a week of religiously applying it every night, my skin went from paper dry to moisturized. I really felt that my skin is breathing and hydrated again after battling a month of dryness. I have also observed that makeup application glided better on my skin in just few weeks. I would definitely recommend that you guys try it, because my face feels slimy while writing this, a proof that the product is worth it. Kidding aside, it is a good moisturizer and wallet friendly. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed and let me know your thoughts on the comment down below or message me! See you on my next blog!

Product name: Mumuso Snail Moisturizing Hydrogel

Price: Php 99.00

Net weight: 300 grams

Purchased from: Mumuso in Fishermall Branch

Maybelline Fit Me Stick Foundation Review

Maybelline Fit Me Stick Foundation is a gel foundation with anti-shine powder core that promises to give you a smooth and natural matte finish. This foundation goes from creamy to powdery matte and is terminologically tested suitable for sensitive skin.

First, this foundation is not full coverage so please don’t keep your expectations really high, but it is very light weight on the face because of the powdery core that blends together with the gel texture. It gives you this feeling that you have no makeup on. I must say that it only gives you a light to medium coverage as I retouch after 2 to 3 hours because it kind of rubs off a little. It blends really well but it doesn’t cover dark spots, just those uneven skin tone, so you may need to apply concealer or a top it off with your favorite powder. This foundation isn’t long lasting and it honestly doesn’t control oil build-ups.

It is portable because it comes as a roll-on. The price is reasonable for every day on the go use especially when you caught it on sale, but not for me. I am quite obsessed on looking fresh the whole day because the weather is so moody and the humidity affects the feel of my skin. If I’m going to compare it to a full coverage foundation that I have been using with the same amount of product, Maybelline Fit Me Stick Foundation will only last me for a month compared to the other foundation that lasts me for like around 2 months and 3 weeks provided with daily use and without the help of a concealer.

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Shade: 120

(Shades differ depending on your country.)

Content: 9 grams

Price: Php 399.00

Where: SM North EDSA Department Store

I enjoyed using this foundation because it didn’t somehow fail me to be the first foundation that I’ve tried with a powdery core, but maybe after emptying this one that I have I wouldn’t be purchasing another one. I got used to a full coverage foundation so I am only amazed on how light weight this foundation feels but hiding spots can be difficult if you will just use the product alone. Money-wise, if you’re going to purchase this foundation and get a separate spot concealer, it’s a little bit pricey compared to just grabbing a full coverage one that has it all.

I think this foundation is good for those women who have quite a great skin already as this may appear as full coverage for them. My skin needs a different set of requirements so I can’t settle for this one, but I really did enjoy using it because it delivers what it says about being so light weight and it’s not sticky.

Until my next blog! See you!

 

 

Mumuso Compressed Mask Pack for an Easy DIY Face Mask Review

Mumuso Compressed Mask Pack

I recently went strolling inside Mumuso and found a candy like item that got my attention. I saw a Compressed Mask Pack with a packaging that resembles a sweet candy. I have recently been paying a lot of attention to my skin so face mask has been in my weekly routine. So I decided to try if this mask will be an effective tool in helping me achieve a healthier skin.

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Here are the steps in preparing the mask:

  1. Prepare a small empty container to soak the face mask.
  2. Place the compressed mask inside the empty container.
  3. Choose any of your favorite facial essence, toner or squeeze the juice out of a lemon onto the mask. You may combine different essences.
  4. Let it sit for a minute to absorb the essence.
  5. Spread the mask open, apply it to your face and leave it for 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Wash your face or wipe it clean depending on the ingredients that you used to make the mask.

There’s nothing on the compressed mask, it’s basically just a plain sheet of mask and won’t do any work on your skin. For short, it is just a tool because unlike the usual ready-made face mask, these compressed masks don’t have any beautifying essences that comes with it. The thing that will do the work on your face is the things that you put on the compressed mask. So if you want to whiten up your skin, pour in a whitening essence. If you want your skin to look firm, pour in a firming essence. Let the mask absorb what your skin needs.

The only reason I love using this kind of mask compared to the ones I usually buy is because I get to customize it. I can combine ingredients that my skin needs. Another reason is that the essence sits longer on my face because it will have to wait until the mask dries up. The process of simply applying those essences directly to the skin using your finger or cotton balls is different from using it together through a face mask. Basically, your skin gets more time in enjoying the benefits of the essence when it is used as a mask. So for those who are having a difficult time in choosing a face mask, this has been so satisfying for me and it is a little bit cheaper compared to buying masks that I will be using for a month.

WARNING: Before I forget, keep this product away from children as they may mistake it as candies. Swallowing this may cause the mask to expand inside their body, especially in the throat area that may lead to complications or even death.

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A pack of Mumuso Compressed Mask Pack (35 pieces) for PHP 99.00 only. The mask is cloth-like and doesn’t tear up easily, unlike some of the ready-made masks out there that tears half while you’re trying to spread it onto your face. The packaging is also great because it’s a zip lock, so you don’t need to worry where you will be storing it ones it’s opened and I love the idea of portability because a mask is just a size of a candy.

Maybe one tip that I will give you, especially when you are travelling and want to apply face mask, but doesn’t want to bring all your beauty regimens, is to prepare the mask before you travel. You do this by soaking the mask in a small sealed portable container together with your chosen essences, but make sure that you soak it really well as if it drowning in the essences. The idea here is to avoid it from drying up while you are travelling.

I hope you picked up something from this blog and if you have any questions or suggestions, please do comment it down below! Don’t forget to like and share! Thank you! Until my next blog! See you!

A Guide After Going Through a Break Up and How to Move On

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“Pain is an investment, so invest wisely.”

First, I’m not someone who’s professional at giving relationship and break up advises. But yes, I’ve gone through a freshly baked break up. So before you start scrolling down, I’d like to make it clear that these are just things that I did for my own good. The reason I shared this on my blog is because people told me that it might help other women out there who’s going through a heartbreak and doesn’t know what to do with the pain that they are feeling because of confusion.

The things I shared below is seriously not easy to accomplish, I myself admit that it takes a huge amount of self-control and brain twisting before I got a hold of everything. But if you’ve landed on my blog, it means that you’ve already taken a step to move on. So applaud yourself for that!

Nothing is easy when it comes to dealing with a heartbreak, people have different ways on how to cope up with what happened, but it is possible to take control of the situation instead of letting the situation take control of your entire life.

You ventured the relationship with a strong will to make it work, now that it is broken, move on with as much strength as you used when you were still fighting for it, because right now, you’re fighting for yourself, for your peace of mind and for the right man who’s somewhere in your future.

If you are expecting to read negative things about my ex-boyfriend in this post to intensify your grudge to men, I’m sorry but you won’t find one. This will just be all about moving on.

  1. Allow yourself to complete grieve for your broken relationship.

You must accept the pain and the terrible emotions that you’re feeling right now, because you have to naturally let it out. Do not try to suppress the pain, let it out. If your outlet is to cry, then cry as much as you want, but do not forget that you are scheduled to cry only at night, when all of your daily responsibilities has been accomplished. It isn’t bad to cry yourself to sleep, as long as you get just the right amount of sleep to do what you have to do the next day.

If you feel like you want to shout into the void, but you can’t because you’re not home alone, here’s what you can do. Grab your fluffy pillow, press your face into it and shout your lungs out! Shout out loud and say the words that you want, but don’t forget to pause for a while before letting another one out. Do this for several times when you feel that your chest is about to explode because of the pent up emotions that you’ve been trying to hold back the whole day.

I myself had a schedule of crying, there are days that I know that I won’t be able to cry because I just don’t feel like it, or nothing really strong provoked me to cry. My best friend seriously laughed at me when she heard this schedule. She told me that this is the first time that she heard a woman plan her crying days.

I had those long, tedious day where I’d cry myself to sleep. It won’t fix the broken relationship, but it will make you feel more comfortable when you wake up the next morning. You will still feel the pain, but it stings less than the past days. Oh, and do not pity yourself for crying for countless nights, because your body obviously needs it. Remember this, you’re not a loser, you’re a fighter because you braved the pain!

  1. Avoid making decisions while you’re emotionally dead unstable.

If there’s something that you should really take into account when going through a break up is to not jump into any decision making. Girl, don’t expect your heart to function well when it’s literally gasping for air after a break up. You must be aware that these aggressiveness that you feel right now is temporary and by chance, can ruin your entire life.

This is the time where you should often remind yourself that your heart cannot be trusted, and that the mind has to take over. The only decision that you should trust and have right now after giving your best to thread that broken relationship with him is to move on. Replay that in your head over and over again. Do not stop until it sticks.

  1. Stop posting on your social media accounts for a while.

Girl, trust me, 99% of the people around you doesn’t give a damn about your break up. Only your feelings with those people whom you know will really care about it and that’s just 1% of the people in your life. Right now, you don’t need everyone, you only need those who know you, will guide you, and won’t allow you to do stupid things. Believe me, in your state of aggressiveness due to the impact of the break up, you might do something that you will regret later on.

I also want you to stop sharing everything on social media or sending a blast that you’re already single (i.e. The highlight that Facebook makes when you change in the About section of your profile), because the last thing that you want right now is to feel pressured because of all the questions from other people who don’t really know anything about your relationship when you were still together with your ex. It’s not healthy for you mentally and emotionally.

If you think that you can’t avoid the questions thrown at you from time to time and you’re starting to feel annoyed, you can just tell them that you don’t want to talk about it. I don’t know what kind of person will still insist on getting the juice out of you after what you just said. Only a person who doesn’t know how to respect someone’s privacy will want to get you talking.

  1. Avoid bar hopping, flirting with other men and finding a rebound.

I’m not saying that you’re not allowed to have fun with your friends, but set a hard limit for yourself and avoid places that may provoke you on doing something that won’t really help you in the long run and will just give you the temporary giddy feeling. He doesn’t care about you anymore, so there won’t be a light and shining armor to save you from whatever reverie or danger you may get caught up with. Start being responsible for your own safety.

You may find yourself craving for care and attention from someone to fill in the empty feeling that your ex was once giving you, that’s normal, but find those attention from people who really cares about you (i.e. Best friend, close family member), not from strangers or any man out there whom you’ve got no clear idea of what his true intentions are.  Rebound won’t fix your scar, it will lead to another unwanted scar and may even be bigger than what you already have.

Divert those insane activities in your head to your hobbies, sports, passion or whatever it is that will keep you away from those kind of places for the meantime and still make you occupied. If you still can’t stop yourself from bar hopping, answer this question, “Why do you want to go to the bar?” Yeah, you got that right, the answer is to have fun. Now answer this, “Why do people go to the bar?” Exactly! To have fun too! Now, do you think you can find your perfect soulmate in places similar to those? You will only meet and mingle with people with the same intention as yours when you stepped inside the door.

  1. Don’t blame yourself for the break up.

I’ve been there, done that and girl, it isn’t healthy to think that way if you’re trying to move on. First, you didn’t initiate the break up. Second, thinking that you should have done this or that won’t get him back, because as far as I know, most of the time, the person who decided to walk away from the relationship has already thought hard about it. So, if you already tried getting him back, there’s no point blaming yourself.

Always think about this, if a man loves you, he will stay with you no matter how difficult things can get, because when the time comes that you’re already husband and wife, he cannot just abandon you after taking an oath. So, if he leaves and never comes back, he’s not what you’ve been thinking of. He is not the man for you.

  1. Stop questioning yourself and stop searching for answers.

You lose energy that is supposedly allotted for yourself every time you try to look for patterns in your break up. No matter what his answer is, your mind will create its own acceptable reasons that contradict what he said because of the hope that you might be the one who’s right and he might just be losing his mind at the moment. Girl, stop and save yourself from digging your own misery.

The moment you stop questioning yourself, you’ll feel more open to take the moving on stage to the next level. Besides, he must not be thinking of the broken relationship by now. What in the world are you still doing with yourself and giving him the power over you? Right? So snap out of it! You’re not damaging him, you’re damaging yourself, big time.

  1. Do yourself a favor and clean up your social media account.

You already know the old routine of deleting photos and everything related to an ex-boyfriend after a break up. But here’s something that you might want to try for a change… Filter and delete the people that appears on your Newsfeed that remind you of your ex-boyfriend. In this generation, we tend to spend more time on social media in our free time, so to prevent you from moving on because you see the same faces that supports your ex, and are friends with your ex, and are not really your friends, delete them.

Another reason for doing this is to free yourself from wanting people to pity you or take your side because you’re the one who got left behind. It is also a way for you to completely be yourself without proving anyone, especially his friends that you’re the one who’s damaged and desperate for attention and validation. Let his friends be his people and stay his friends, because you have your own circle of people who will be by your side.

You don’t need circulating false rumors and people who take sides, when all they know is one side of the story. You also don’t need to drag your friends into believing you and hating your ex, because the broken relationship isn’t their doing, it’s you and your ex’s issue.

  1. Sister, stop playing the damn victim for a long time.

Victims are helpless and you’re not. If you want to move on, you have to play the doctor. You have to find the strength to cure yourself from the wounds. Even if an army of wonderful and loving people supports you to heal, they are powerless over you if you won’t help yourself to move on. You are the only one who can drag yourself into moving on. Don’t depend it on other people or, don’t blame anyone for not being able to completely understand your situation. You have to be very responsible for your emotions from now on.

  1. Learn to accept the break up while recovering from the pain one day at a time.

I found that the best way to actually move on is to go through the pain, wholeheartedly accept the break up, forgive yourself for all the things you should and shouldn’t have done, learn from it, then open yourself to peace, freedom, opportunities and continue living just the way he’s moving on with his life. Don’t get yourself left behind, pedal and keep yourself moving until you find your soul again. Learn to accept and forgive yourself and the person who hurt you. You’re not doing this for them, it’s for you.

Do not try to delete him from your life or wish that you’ve never met him, because reality speaking, he already took up that time and place in your life, because you voluntarily gave it to him. As Augustus Waters said in the movie The Fault in Our Stars, “You get to choose who hurt you.”

Let the memories stay, it will have its own treasure chest and will be locked away when you’re ready to focus on what’s ahead of you. You don’t have the power to time travel, but you have the power to pave the road you want without him.

  1. Go on a music therapy from the start until the final stage of moving on.

I created a break up playlist the moment I felt that he was about to finalize the break up and I listened to it for 3 weeks. When I felt sad and uneasy I drown myself with those deep songs and just let myself go with the flow of dreadful pain. While moving on and hearing those songs over and over again, you’ll feel bored and annoyed listening to the same songs every day, then you’ll feel that you want to change your playlist from sadness to a livelier list. This is the time where you’ll somehow feel that you’re finally tired of the pain and that you really want to just be happy again.

Your ears got tired of listening to the same songs because your heart is tired of feeling the unwanted things again and again. You can’t tolerate it anymore. When I found myself feeling bored with the songs on my mobile, I then realized that I am ready to change my entire playlist together with my life. I am ready to start listening to happy and upbeat music again, embrace the change and really move on.

  1. Read articles that will help you reinvent yourself.

I know you want to read articles on how to get your ex-boyfriend back, but refrain from doing it, because you should know by now that you already tried doing that and you failed. Don’t attempt on doing it again to save yourself some respect. Instead, read articles that will uplift and broaden your understanding of life and yourself as an individual.

Read motivational quotes when you feel like you cannot handle the break up. Read women empowerment stories and how they courageously went through their own heartbreaks. Avoid the relationship section of any website and unlike those relationship pages that you are following that once motivated you to keep on falling in love, because right now, all you want to do is teach yourself to fall out of love.

  1. Surrender everything to God.

This is something that really helped me move on. I went to the church when I was finally ready to talk to God. I apologized for my mistakes, thank him for all the blessings and really appreciated how He wrote this love story of mine. I told him how in pain, how confused and how incapable I was to handle my current situation. That I need His guidance in the foggy days of my life and that I cannot handle the pain myself anymore. I don’t want this pain from the heartbreak anymore because it’s too strong that it might ruin me.

This is the kind of pain that I have never encountered before and I want to completely surrender it to God. It took me all my strength and courage to accept what happened and I knew I needed His help. I prayed to God to take away the pain because I want to forgive myself and the person I once loved. I don’t want to hold hatred and anger. I don’t want to feel the desperation anymore. I simply want the pain to subside.

I offered God myself and surrendered all the negativity and pain that I was feeling that moment while I’m inside the church. This is the first time that I actually told myself that I give up on being strong, that I seriously need help. I want to be healed, that’s all that mattered to me.

After taking my time on sincerely talking to Him and after opening up myself to Him, I really felt relief in my chest the moment I got up from my kneeling position. When I walked outside the church, I felt like my entire being has been cleansed. This isn’t the first time that I prayed, I pray every night before I sleep, but this kind of spiritual time and connection with God is something I never thought I could receive.

  1. Transform your revenge to your ex into something that will benefit you.

I know you want to skin your ex and extract every ounce of his being to satisfy your anger, but even if you accomplish revenging yourself for what he did, you are still not getting him back and it won’t complete you. Instead of sitting there and going crazy over plotting a murder to your ex, transform that anger into something that will benefit you.

Use your anger to turn you into this beautiful being that you never thought you can be after he ruined your mascara. Make use of the quote of Coco Chanel, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” Girl, I cannot emphasize more, but you gotta put those energies to something that you will benefit, and not him, because leaving you is his version of what is beneficial to himself.

  1. Do the math with your moving on time and set an expiration date.

I personally do not believe in the 3 month rule. Everyone gets over a break up in their own way, some are fast and some take more than the said month. But most of the time, people don’t notice that they are no longer at that stage, that all of those moving on dramas are just in their head, and that they had already moved on without knowing it.

Just like a to-do list, mentally note down how much time do you really want to be imprisoned in this painful situation? Then set an expiration date. Now go through the painful hell of breaking down and getting your bed covered with your tears, but don’t forget to put an end to this one. Then, start refreshing your daily routine, redecorate your place to avoid remembering him. Unfollow him on all his social media accounts, because your stalking days must also have its expiration date. Delete his number from your brain not just in your phone and start being this gorgeous individual again.

When you create an actual schedule of moving on, you train your brain to stick with it, focus and do what has to be done properly. This isn’t easy, it takes a lot of motivation, but it is possible.

Imagine that your pain is a fairy tale, give it a story and end it in a way that will lead you to the new you. Tell this to yourself at the end of the page, “I am done with you and all the pain I’ve gone through, I love myself and I’m tired of giving you the power over me. I am now completely ready to move and I am closing this door behind me.”

  1. Don’t take the bait of false emotional need.

Don’t you dare go on a date when you haven’t completely moved on! If you go on a date while you haven’t put the past away, you will have this notion that you’re in love with this new guy, but the thing is, you’re just filtering the characters that you admired from your ex in him. In short, you don’t love the new guy, you’re just in love with the idea that he has the same interesting characters that you found from your ex. But in reality, you don’t accept this new guy as how he presented himself to you. Give yourself more time to be alone and just be friends with him. If you’ve really swept the new guy off his feet, he will wait for you.

  1. Be happy for him, because you once loved him.

If by chance you heard that he is already dating a new girl after a few days of your break up, be shocked, then reboot your entire system. Be happy for him and find your inner peace. It’s easier to naturally think good for someone else than suffer from wishing them negative things and holding hatred against them.

Your ex-boyfriend is also craving for attention from a woman just like the attention craving that you’ve gone through when he left you. The only difference is, you’re stronger because you want to fully be yourself again and heal from the pain before committing in a new relationship, but he couldn’t, because he surrenders himself to the circumstances.

If you know how your ex-boyfriend dealt with their past relationships, you already have an idea on what he will do after leaving you. You don’t need to imagine what he’s doing right now or whom he’s with, because you already know the answer. In that case, think of it this way, when he’s done with the new girl, he’ll do the same pattern again, because it satisfies his need. It’s not for the new woman, it’s for himself. You’re smart, use your logic, not your emotions.

Jumping from one relationship to another is not true love, its temporary self-satisfaction and that is something you need to avoid.

  1. Last but not the least…

Tell yourself this, “I forgive my past. I am not afraid to fall in love and get hurt again.”

 

If you have other ways on how to move on and if you want to share your story, please do comment down below! See you on my next blog! Thank you for stopping by! If you find this helpful or you know someone who needs to read this right now, please do share it…

Things I Promise To 2017 Onwards

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I promise to make amazing mistakes. I won’t let the fear of negative consequences intimidate me from doing things. This time I will let myself fail and discover.

I promise to be me. I won’t let anyone dictate how I should be, what I’m capable and incapable of doing. I won’t allow people to decide on my source of strength and happiness. Most of all, nobody has the right to define my limits.

I promise to be deeply, madly and crazy in love. Why should I suppress it when I know I’ve got so much love to give and when I’ve found the person I’ve been looking for. How did I know that I’m with the right person? The world will slap it in your face to a point where you’d feel that the person you’re with is someone you shouldn’t let go no matter what.

I promise to stop being afraid of being judged. I then realized that people don’t really give a damn about you and you’re going to be judged either way around, so just do it to avoid future regrets.

I promise to share my blessings. My aunt once told me, “If you do nice things to others, your conscience is healthy and life will make its own way to return the good things to you.”

I promise to continue being as stubborn as hell, because something has got to be wrong if I stop being like this. You know, I always try to make my way around things that I want to achieve.

I promise to do things that scare me. I love the adrenaline, it makes me feel so alive may it be leisure or just a situation in my life.

I promise to stay bold and wild. No matter how I want to keep that goody good girl attitude, it wouldn’t fit me. I guess I was born in a fortress and not in a royal castle.

I promise to let go of things that I don’t have any control of. If I can’t get it with absolute stubbornness, it simply means I should let it go.

I promise to continue being straight forward. Sometimes all a person needs to hear is what you want and what you don’t want, what you can and cannot give, to make things easy, fast and clear. I’m not a fan of sugar coating and lame conversations, in addition to that, I believe that if you want to avoid misinterpretation, speak a language that can be understood by the person you’re talking to.

I promise to choose the people I get naked with. When you’re opening up to a person, it feels like you’re downright stripping off all the guard and boundaries of yourself. So to avoid being in the headlines and creating a problem of my own, I’d filter people around me with those who are responsible with their tongues.

I promise to choose the people who have power over me. I tried doing this before 2016 ends and I found out that it worked well for me. Like no matter how much I hate a person I only feel psychologically pissed off but not emotionally affected. If I continue the practice, I believe I’d get full control of what I should consider stressful and not. If you’ve watched The Fault in Our Stars you’ll realize that Augustus Waters was right when he said, “You get to choose who hurt you.”

I promise to break and defy as many rules as I can. I’m not planning to do anything illegal. I’m just not good at following rules when I know I’m capable of bending it.

I promise to keep my feet on the ground. Apologize if I’m wrong and show appreciation even with the little things that people do for me out of kindness.

I promise to get a hold of my life.

Pros and Cons Summary of My First Semester in STI Munoz-EDSA in Collaboration with Mr. Solis

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STI Munoz-EDSA is not really big compared to other branches, but I feel like the students are mute and the school is not only blind, but deaf despite of its size. Not a school in this world is perfect, but every school can improve and innovate their system and services for the sake of education. On the other hand, we, the students should also cooperate in making our stay not only beneficial to us, but also to the school that has served, and has been home for unforgettable memories for several years of our life.

My first semester in college has ended and I wasn’t able to post this before the first day of second semester starts because I was a little bit busy prioritizing something else. Now, before you jump on the lines below, I’d like to acknowledge that my batch mate, Mr. Dennis Reid Solis contributed on some of the pros and cons that he had also observed and personally experienced in his first semester in STI Munoz EDSA. We put our hearts and sincere thoughts in this blog and we hope that this can help open new ideas to our STI family for the betterment of the coming years.

SECURITY

The first thing that I have noticed on my first month in STI is that our bags are not being checked by the guards before we enter the school. Basically, we can carry anything inside the school, because no authority is blocking us into bringing just about anything in school.

Almost all the students, new and old were wearing civilian in the first few months, both senior high school and college. Imagine the number of people coming in and out of the school. How would the guards know who are students and who are not.

There was also an incident where a student got robbed right in front of the gate of the school. I don’t know if the guard reported that incident, but it did happen on his watch. When the guard on duty was asked regarding the incident, he mentioned that he is very much aware that things like that happen in STI. So what did they do to assess that?

RULES AND REGULATIONS

I don’t know what happened, but the huge “No-Smoking” warning sign tarpaulin that was initially posted in front of the gates of STI for several months were suddenly moved inside. Correct me if I’m wrong, but a school has the right to prohibit and remove vendors from selling cigarettes in front of the establishment, right? The Clean Air Act and CHED Memorandum Circular 96 states that 10 meters within the school perimeter is considered a Non-Smoking Area.

I’m just really curious on why did they move the warning sign inside, when it was perfectly positioned outside. Is it because they couldn’t stop the students from smoking in that area even with the humungous warning sign that can even be seen even when you’re walking at the overpass? Is that the best solution of STI, to change what is right because they didn’t get to think of a more effective way to control the situation? Aren’t they aware that it creates a long term bad image for the school when commuters and passerby saw STI students, wearing their complete uniform while smoking just right in front of the school gates?

TUITION FEE

I’m not a very good critique when it comes to tuition fees and everyone has their own take when it comes to finances, but like other schools, STI is considerate enough when it comes to payment of tuition fees. If you’re from Quezon City, specifically from District-1 you may request a 20% discount letter from the Quezon City Hall in Councilor Jun Ferrer’s office and submit it to STI every semester before the enrollment closes to help minimize the cost of your tuition fee. Being on the Dean’s List will also allow you to get an additional discount provided that you reach a GWA of 1.50. Another option is to be a working student in the school.

UNIFORM

I don’t know if it has been a long time since I became a student again, but the price of our uniform is way too expensive. When asked about the price of the uniforms, they always use the word “set” and give out a small piece of paper that shows 1 full set of uniforms and it looks so cheap when you see the amount written on the paper, but if you will calculate how much a daily pair of top and bottom uniform cost, you’ll think twice if you’ll just wash your uniform every after use or purchase an additional to suit the school days.

Another thing about school shirts, we suggested to have our own course T-shirt to show off in school events and competitions, where we can be proud of our chosen course… but they said that STI has their own branding and wants all branches to look uniform. So, too bad for our batch who are hoping to wear our own course shirt inside the school. We were told that if they aren’t stopping us from creating our own shirts, but it must only be worn outside the school, and our initial reaction goes like this, “What is the essence of wearing it outside when it’s more appropriate to wear and brag about it in school?”

My take on this topic is that STI should create a T-shirt and logo design that will represent the different courses we enrolled in, so that they have full control of the branding. Then mass produce it and include it in the uniform set. If the course shirt looks awesome, it would encourage more enrollees considering that school uniform is also one of the factors that affect a student’s decision in choosing a school. Another idea is to hold a contest wherein students can submit logo entries and the winning logo will be printed on the T-shirts. This can be by branch or the official courses shirt of STI.

PROFESSORS

It’s normal that as a student like me critique my professors, because they were assigned to be the mentors of my chosen field. We’re going to be together for a semester and that’s not a joke considering their roles has a very high influence and impact to us. But the thing with being very observant students, we didn’t just critique our subject professors, but also other professors that might probably handle us on the coming years, if they are still in STI.

Let’s start with this professor who didn’t follow the handouts and weren’t giving us any handouts at all, but tried to do the best to show and make the students experience and learn the main essence of the subject. This professor had a difficult time in trying to connect the subject to our course, but we did learn a lot.

A professor who just entered the classroom, went straight into teaching the lesson after recapping the past topic and introducing the new topic, without much of an interaction with the students may seem like this person doesn’t really care if the students learn or not. But the truth is, this professor cares so much to the point that sharing words of wisdom to students became a habit to motivate us. You won’t believe it, but there’s something that this professor told the class that made me realize my own potential and corrected my study habits.

Then here’s a professor that I personally saw and heard asking another professor in the faculty to just give the students an activity, leave and just take the day somewhere. This happened when I still don’t know any professor at all, because I’m a new student. Is this the meaning of self-study for this professor? Too bad for your students… and their parents who paid you and believed that you’re doing your job. So how many times in a month, or let’s say in a week do you do that? If this is your habit, please don’t encourage other professors to do the same.

Want more? There’s this professor who I seriously hate a lot for being so damn unprofessional. This professor isn’t one of my subject mentors, but gets into my nerves, all the time. The way this person unreasonably and unacceptably talks to students makes me want to stand up and return the actions. I can’t say that this person is being strict just like how other professors fit the description, because the way this person treats the students and the words used when talking to students, makes me want to ask how this person qualified for the title to teach. Thank God you don’t exist in our branch anymore this second semester.

If there are professors who aren’t that dedicated to teaching, there will always be those who will professionally and wholeheartedly take their job seriously. There are these professors who would sleep late just to finish checking submitted works and won’t leave the school until there is an unfinished business with a student. These professors have all our respect and praises. They literally deserve it for their dedication and performance. It feels so good to have unforgettable mentors that you can look up to when you’re feeling down on your chosen field. You guys are the treasure of STI Munoz EDSA. Keep up the good work because you’re influencing not only lives, but futures of the future.

Sorry for the redundancy of the words, but I did it on purpose to avoid the pronouns, because it might create inappropriate rumors amongst the group of professors. Let’s just keep this as mysterious as possible. Don’t even try to message and ask us who exactly those professors are, because I won’t be giving away anything, they are still professors. But the main point here is that STI should screen their professors properly before hiring them.

EDUCATION

The excitement and stress of a subject doesn’t only depend on the student’s capacity to understand a certain lesson, but it also depends on the way it has been taught and when it was taught. So what am I saying here? It depends on the professor and the class schedule. If you have a professor who is capable of making a difficult lesson appear easy while maintaining the essentials, then consider yourself lucky. And yeah, we have those kind of professors in our branch, but I can’t name them here.

Next is your class schedule, whether you’re irregular or regular. Like for example, if you have a number of 4 to 5 classes a day without enough rest time, well, you better check if your butt is still in tack after sitting from one class to another, straight. Yeah, its student life, but you should also balance your time and give your mind a break in a reasonable manner even if your class schedule is stressful. But don’t be furious if you’re given a bad schedule (for regulars) and for not being able to fit your subjects the way you want it (for irregulars), because there are also many reasons to consider before a school is able to lay our class schedules. Meaning to say, you just have to learn your own ninja moves in making your life in school less of a pressure and more effective.

We are all familiar with ELMS right? Professors use and follow handouts provided by the school in lecturing and that’s fine, only if all the professors are uploading the files in ELMS so we can do advance studies, but sadly that doesn’t always happen. So be grateful if your professors are uploading handouts timely or advance, because you get to browse and study in advance. I’ve also noticed that the majority of the students relies on ELMS when studying for a lecture and especially when reviewing for exam week. If students aren’t provided with handouts and only provided with the topics, they tend to feel more pressured and stressed to study for that certain subject. Without handouts that students expect to receive, they end up relying with their own notes, but what if they also don’t have complete notes because they are really expecting for handouts?

I know that as a student we should all be responsible, but when students know that they are supposed to be receiving something from the school for what they paid for, but ended up not having it, feelings of resistance to study and just make uncountable reasons not to study would be their last resort. I don’t have any complain whether a subject gives out handouts or not because I have my own way of being updated and keeping track of lessons. Stuffs that I’ve been writing here are just purely based on what I have observed.

ORGANIZATIONS

Internal organizations are not recognized due to lack of advertisements and projects. If you go around the campus most of the bulletin boards only remind us of upcoming exams, instead of providing a general information about activities or about the existing student organizations that will allow freshmen to explore more about STI.

We were about to create a general bulletin board as our project in NSTP-I that will post general information about the current school events and will be updated by the elected Student Council, thus still be supervised by STI. But it has been rejected because they said that updates are all available in the Facebook page without considering that there are also students who doesn’t often have internet access to log in.

The election of the Student Council was a surprise to everyone including the professors. The dissemination of the news and the election week wasn’t something that got the campus talking. The running parties weren’t able to show their agendas in a very convincing way and we don’t have any idea who they are or how many parties are running for the year. A Student Council is a powerful and helpful organization, only if they will be handled properly.

STAFFS

Let’s be real, not everyone is always in a good mood when at work. There are days that people just aren’t like themselves because of exhaustion and stress. But seriously, there are staffs that will literally get into your nerves. We’re not sure, but I feel like the departments are only having their own meetings and not a general meeting where all the departments are seated in one room to talk about student concerns. We didn’t get a chance to ask if they are doing that, but didn’t waste asking because we can obviously see that they are not doing that based on the way they answer our questions.

Then, here comes the exam week where a boatload of students will be paying for their tuition fees, while only cashier counter is open although there are 3 windows to accommodate transactions. So what’s the consequence? Students don’t get to take their exam on time because they were waiting for their permits. If the system is down, can’t they seriously go manual for the sake of making things a little less stressful for the students in exam weeks? You know, for them to be able to catch up on their exams on time. I never experienced having to get my permit on the same day of the exam, but seeing the struggles of my schoolmates, I think it deserves a paragraph in this post.

FACILITIES AND SERVICES

All the rooms in our school is fully air conditioned and every room has its own projector which I’m really glad to brag about. We have computer laboratories and an internet laboratory for the students to use so they won’t have to pay in computer shops. Our library also has a separate room where students can use for academic purposes. Students can also register one gadget and get a free Wi-Fi access inside the school for one semester.

The Cozy Room is a good idea for students to lounge in, where we can rest, read books and take a nap in our free time, but seriously, I don’t know if they are ventilating and dehumidifying the room. The floor is carpeted, students are asked to remove their shoes before entering, so yeah, as you’ve guessed, it smells like sock party inside the room. How are you supposed to relax and feel cozy when your nose couldn’t take the smell? Ventilating, and dehumidifying an air conditioned room is important to avoid the production of airborne contaminants, dust and molds on the furniture that may lead to health and comfort problems.

Let’s move on to the canteen area… I think that the tables, chairs and the area allotted for the canteen is not sufficient for the number of students who wants to eat at the canteen. Maybe it was enough when tertiary were the only students, but now that STI has senior high school students, I believe it is not enough. Dennis thinks that the garden area should be removed and be placed somewhere else, and extend the canteen area to be more useful for everyone. We always eat lunch at the canteen so I agree with his suggestion.

Now, let’s move on to the locker rental of the school. Before being able to get a locker, you are going to be oriented about the policy. We all know that we are reliable for our lockers and the school is not liable for any lost items. But when the policy stated that we should hand over a duplicate key to GSSO so that they can open the locker in case of emergency, such as random checking of prohibited materials without the owner’s presence. My take on is, both the school and I can open my locker, what if something got lost while the school states that they are not reliable for anything? Where should I put myself then? Isn’t it that they should call the attention of the locker owner first and let them open it before anything else?

MAINTENANCE

I appreciate the improvement in the cleanliness of the comfort rooms compared to my first month in school where I seriously had to look and observe in what building are comfort rooms are acceptable enough to use.  I think the maintenance cleans up several times a day now and not just only when school is about to close for the day. Nowadays, I often see them holding their cleaning materials, sweeping the floor, wiping the windows and mopping the stairs. There were also times when I couldn’t use the comfort room because they are doing a quick cleaning, which is totally alright for me. Good job for the maintenance department.

EVENTS

We all enjoyed the Academic Week even if everyone was exhausted including the professors. But I felt like the schedule of exam week and Acad Week has been flatly sandwiched. Then, the dissemination of important details was way too late to even give an average event preparation. I don’t know how it went last year, because I can only comment on what I have experienced. Although we all did well, I believe that there’s more to show only if everyone was given enough or reasonable time to prepare for the activities and contests.

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In the recently aired TV commercial of STI the school looks inviting, fun and accommodating, but it doesn’t really materialize in real life. The advertisement was great and convincing, but how will they sugar coat what is actually happening, and how will they convince the students who are currently wearing STI uniforms to do the same?

We, the students, are the walking endorsers of the school, how will students be proud of their own alma mater if we don’t see and feel any improvement that we can brag and be proud of? How will we be confident in sharing our STI experiences with other people? STI Munoz EDSA can improve their system and image, if they will put their students’ concern on top of their priority list. This branch can create many excellent students if the people running it every day will be more open to suggestions and in working on it.

It’s just 5 months and I know that every school is currently adjusting their system and services because of the K-12 curriculum, but I’m hoping that on my 2nd year in college I’d see more improvement. STI Munoz-EDSA should also consider the school’s capacity in accepting students to avoid classes in the library.

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