Currently February 2017
I’ve been struggling with my writing again. I’m just forever exhausted for some reason. I have a long backlog of posts that I need to finish and hopefully I can do that before our trip! Anyway, just to update ..
I AM CURRENTLY …
…starting to be mindful of what I eat. I need to maintain (if not lose!) the current weight for health reasons. It’s been a struggle for a very long time. Back in late 2010, I took charge and started running. A few months after, I found out I was pregnant with B. I never got “that” active again after the pregnancy so here I am now. Don’t get me wrong, I did try but somehow I never got my groove and inspiration back so it was all stops and starts. :/
…enjoying the cool weather still. A little bit too cold for the beach but we’ll get to that sweet spot where the temperature is just about right. Not too cold, not too hot (and humid!).
…planning our US trip (still!). Tickets are booked, visas secured. We just need to find out where to go aside from Disneyland! LOL
Related: How to Apply for US Visa
…celebrating my birthday month (March)! Woohoo. It’s also my blog anniversary so watch out for some giveaways (ehem looking for sponsors. Ha Ha!)
…feeling … exhausted! LOL. I’m thinking maybe a vacation is just what I need. But then again, with the time difference and the unforgiving jet lag, I’d probably be more exhausted after that trip.
So what’s up with you? Share in the comments section!
A few weeks ago, I was given samples of Savonoi handmade soaps to try. It took me a while to write this post because I wanted to really try these soaps out.
If you’ve noticed, I don’t really do a lot of reviews on this blog. I do give exceptions to products that I like and bonus points when the product is from small/medium sized businesses.
What is Savonoi?
Savonoi is a combination of two words – Savon which comes from Old French savon meaning “soap” and noi, a play on the word “pinoy” which is an informal word for “Filipinos”. Therefore, savon + noi (noy) = Savonoi.
Savonoi is a home based business by a Filipino couple in Dubai. They started making their own soap when they couldn’t find a solution to their extremely dry skin problem. They decided to share this success with other people who might be having the same issues. Their soap range and variety has expanded since then.
Goat’s Milk with Honey and Oats
Savonoi Handmade Soaps
Savonoi Moringa Soap
What I tried:
- Savonoi 5 in 1 – a combination of coconut oil, virgin olive oil, castor oil, papaya, banana, lemon and carrot extracts, essential oils and organic ground oats.
- Moroccan Argan – a mix of coconut oil, virgin olive oil, castor oil and original Moroccan Argan oil.
- Moringa – coconut oil, virgin olive oil, castor oil, moringa extract, imported essential oil, and organic ground oats.
What I like about Savonoi:
- They have different varieties that suits your needs.
- It’s handmade and organic using only fine materials.
- Their soaps have very mild scent.
- It’s Filipino made — yes, I’m a little biased here — Pinoy pride, yo!
My favorite would have to be the Moringa Soap. Moringa (Malunggay) is a superpower! Combine it with oats, you have super soap! I swear by the effects of bathing in oats.
I was 27 when I got chicken pox. That’s a disaster because apparently, the older you are, the more blisters you’re gonna get! I searched for ways to make sure that I am comfortable during this time and guess what? Oats is the answer. I placed a cupful of oats on a cloth and gently pressed on my blisters while taking a bath. The liquid from the oats helped with the itchiness and dried up my blisters in just a few days!
What I do not like:
- It melts easily but that is the case for most organic handmade soaps. I asked the makers of Savonoi and they said this is because they do not use stearic acid which makes the soap hard. So keep your soap away from wet areas.
Where to find Savonoi:
You can find them online in Facebook: Savonoi Handmade Soaps, and on Instagram: @savonoi1283. They also have a Youtube Channel: Savonoi Handmade Soaps. They also participate in bazaars so check out their social media handles for more information or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: products were provided to me for review but all opinions are based on my own experience and remains uninfluenced. This is not a paid post.
Currently – January 2017
It’s the last Saturday of January!! Can you believe it?
The month is flying by and I only posted 2 blog posts (three, including this). So, to update, I’m writing down my “currents”.
How does it work? I picked 5 prompts (others use more) to keep everyone up to date (everyone who is interested, that is!). Here goes:
Kimchikin Al Ghurair
A few days after our quick vacation in the Philippines, we were invited to try Kimchikin in their newest branch in Al Ghurair Centre. The place is cozy with contemporary, minimalistic design. A big TV plays Kpop music videos on the background. Being a Kpop fan, my niece would have loved it here but alas! she isn’t here and I was at a loss. I had no idea what I was watching. LOL.
Blogger in Focus: Working Mother of 2
I’m Haneen, 27 years old, mommy behind Working Mother of 2. I’m Lebanese moved to UAE 5.5 years ago and now living and working in Sharjah. I have a 2.5 years old daughter and a 10 months old son.
How did you start blogging?
I started in November 2015 when I found myself advising expecting and new moms & answering too many questions on motherhood, experience with my kids, deliveries, balancing life between family and work so thought why not giving it a try. Plus, writing is something I love since ever. And thus Working Mother of 2 was born.
What do you write about?
Working Mother of 2 is mainly about my personal experience with motherhood journey. I only write about things I’ve been through, things I tried before & things I’ve learned since 2013 when I had my 1st baby. My primary goal is to help mommies out there in a way or another as I’ve been through it all and maybe what worked to me, will work for other moms and the things I’ve learned might be of benefit for others. So why not have each others’ backs, support and share our experiences and get to learn from each other.
I recently experienced the scariest drive of my life when we went to the Philippines to celebrate my Mother’s 60th birthday.
From North to South
My family is from Las Piñas which is in Southern Manila, “S” family is from Meycauayan which is outside of Manila but on the Northern side. We arrived NAIA terminal 3 on 9th of September and headed straight to Meycauayan to spend a day relaxing before the festivities. Our plan was to spend 2 nights in Club Balai Isabel in Talisay, Batangas which is again in the South.
It’s another long weekend guys!
I’m going to make this quick. I’m listing down some of the things you can do during the weekend without putting a hole in your pocket! Here goes:
These are just some of the things we were able to do. I’m sure there are a lot more hidden gems in the UAE, and just like Pokemon Go, we gotta catch them all!
Stay at home! It’s really not a big deal. Catch up on some sleep. Clean your closet. Read a book. Chill!
As for me, I’m hoping to catch up on my blogging backlog. We promised B that we will be staying in a hotel (don’t worry, we used our Entertainer app so the budget is intact!). Have a guess at which hotel. It’s the oldest hotel building in the UAE!!
Happy long weekend guys!
Blogger in Focus: SuperMomy
My name is Tina Mathew, I’m an expat mom brought up in Dubai and living here for the past 33 years. I have been working in Dubai for 11 years and quit my corporate job to look after my son. I have only recently started blogging as I got some time for myself.
Name: Tina Mathew
Blog: Super Momy
How did you start blogging?
I started blogging only this year ie after my family suggested to started a blog. I was interested in writing so I thought why not try it since I am a mom and I have a lot of experiences I wish to share with the world.
Hi, I’m Zeyna! 12th May 2014 was the day I became a Mummy, and since then there has only been Mummy on my Mind! I am a British expat, Wife and Mother to my 2-year-old son (Baby Z), living in Dubai. Mummy On My Mind is a collection of musings on all things Parenting & Family related, along with a little bit of Fashion, Cooking, Beauty, Reviews, Travel and Expat Lifestyle too!
Name: Zeyna Sanjania
Location: Dubai, UAE
Blog: Mummy on My Mind
How did you start blogging?
I began blogging to keep an online diary of motherhood a few months after Baby Z was born. I wanted to share my experiences of parenthood with others as well as keep those memories fresh. Being a stay at home Mum, I also wanted a creative outlet, where I could develop my passion for writing.