2012 is coming to an end. Who’s going to be under the mistletoe with you?
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Kiss someone tonight :)
Have a blast!
4.82 mi run in 46:32 min (pace: 9’39″ / mi)
3.14 mi run in 30:45 min (pace: 9’47″ / mi)
4.55 mi run in 43:20 min (pace: 9’32″ / mi)
3.12 mi run in 31:30 min (pace:10’07″ / mi)
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
As Hellen Keller once said, “Character cannot be developed in the ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”
My blog didn’t come as a blank slate when I signed up for the domain www.staciapriscilla.com in March 2011. In fact, up to this very day I’m still relocating valuable posts from previous blogs to this one (See FAQ). At the same time I frequently edit and update all of these posts to match my current format and style – just to get everything on site to feel more coherent. It’s quite recent that I began fully committing myself to blogging – and by blogging, I mean producing useful and/or helpful content regularly to you.
In the past, I complain a lot. I abused blogging by making it as an outlet to release my anger and even to intensify my outrage. Looking back now, it’s difficult for me to move on in peace, because all I see is disorganized thinking and loads of negativity.
I’m choosing to let go of these unresourceful thoughts and keep pressing forward to see the positive light.
Everything else can go. What remains is my character.
Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution
long after the excitement of the moment has passed.
- Cavett Robert
In order to make peace with my past, I feel the need to highlight the rights and evaluate the wrongs, see what changes I have to make, and better prepare for 2013 accordingly. At the same time I plan to improve my character based on the progress I’ve made in various aspects of my life. So I’m simultaneously setting achievable goals as I go along reviewing my 2012.
I encourage you to do the same. It may take a while to plan out everything, but NOW is the time to make the change – to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.
Make friends with your past, and you’ll move on to a better future.
Here’s my month-to-month overview of how I’ve spent 2012:
I also looked up the dictionary on the definition of “noodle”, and to “noodle up” means “to improvise; experiment; devise freely; think creatively”. Stanley and I challenged each other to exercise consistently and maintain our physical health. It’s also a test of persistence, perseverance, and patience.
Naturally I’ve been going to the gym and running more often than he does. But our performance on the road showed us who’s the real boss – him.
Love is a game that two can play and both win.
- Eva Gabor
I’ve also aimed to publish 10 dishes I’ve cooked throughout 2012, which should include a successful Salmon Burger. In the end, I’ve never actually made the second attempt at Salmon Burger. Instead, I’ve made more than 10 dishes this year that are worth publishing on this blog:
That’s 14 recipes, exceeding my 10-recipe goal :) So here’s what I’m aiming next year: I want to prepare 15 recipes that deserves to be published on this blog – including the Salmon Burger and the Blueberry Clafouti (see June).
And to keep sleeping.
And to keep reading. I want to read one book at a time, breaking my habit of reading multiple books simultaneously. Out of all the books I will read in 2013, I want to write 3 book reviews.
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1. A photo of yourself and a description of how your day was.
2. A photo of something you ate today.
3. Your favorite store.
4. Your favorite photograph of your best friend.
5. A photo of yourself two years ago.
6. A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.
7. Your dream wedding.
8. A song and a photo to match your mood.
9. A photo of the item you last purchased.
10. A photo of your favorite place to eat.
11. What’s in your makeup bag?
12. A photograph of the town you lived in.
13. Your favorite musician and why?
14. A TV show you’re currently addicted to.
15. Something you don’t leave the house without.
16. A photo of you and your family.
17. Your celebrity crush.
18. Something you crave a lot.
19. Another picture of yourself.
20. The meaning behind your blog name.
21. A photo of something that makes you happy.
22. Bullet your whole day.
23. 20 facts about you.
24. What’s in your purse?
25. Something that you miss.
26. Think back to how you were 5 years ago. How have you changed since then?
27. Put your iPod on shuffle and list the first 10 songs.
28. Your favorite movie.
29. Something you could never get tired of doing.
30. A photograph of yourself today + three good things that have happened in the past 30 days.
Why 33-day diet?
Day 1: Phone’s working, yay
Day 3: 2 days of making sleep as a luxurious experience
Day 8: Saying goodbye to sleep
Day 10: So far so good
Day 12: Daylight savings cost nighttime sleep, but great for long distance relationships
Day 15: Nothing much, really.
Day 18: Finally coming off
Day 24: Somebody’s coming over here
Day 25: Dang! | Dang! part 2
Day 26: Wasted calories on envy
Lesson learned: New update after MIA for over a week…
I also received a bouquet of pink flowers from Stanley :)
Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom.
They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.
- Jim Carrey
PASSION to me: Proactivity, Assertiveness, Social, Spirited, Open-minded, Natural.
Proactive in seeking out opportunities.
Assertive in communicating with others about what you feel and standing up for yourself when others bring you down.
Social and influential, only with a mere glimpse of a smile and you’ve made an impact on a stranger’s day.
Spirited and energetic, because we know we can always learn something new everyday, being
Open-minded to all kinds of things.
Above all, a natural feeling toward that particular area your PASSION lies, not because of the money, is your answer to how you must spend the rest of your life, doing just that for a living.
As soon as I went out of the baggage claim, I saw Stanley’s face, and out of his hand appeared a bouquet of pink roses :)
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
- Scott Jurek
Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous.
Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
- Image courtesy of The Birthday Project.
Whew… What a year. I’m sure this post is something I’m going to keep looking back throughout 2013.
I hope you log your progress for the goals you’ve set in 2013 too, because looking forward requires you to face your past.
Ask yourself: How was 2012 for me? How can I make a better transition toward the year ahead?
Resolve to change for the better. And remember: Always be true to yourself, because it’s the only way your character can grow.
If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Every day is a gift. Today is no different: It’s a super gift, a day lovers and strangers alike celebrate the gift of giving and recognize the values of having one another.
Take a look at all the things you already have – cherish them, tell them you love them.
Spread the good news: A Savior is born, and no one will ever be the same again.
So do not be afraid, but seize today and the days ahead with boldness; become a doer by grace, encourage dreamers to act, and inspire others with your little acts of kindness – for if you will, you can make a difference.
Since 1994, the successful Japanese fast-food franchise Pepper Lunch has been serving grade-A steaks with spiced-up rice on stone plates (or Teppans) without delay. You can easily find the popular luncheonette all across Southeast Asia – including in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia, whereas the only U.S. Pepper Lunch branch is located in Milpitas, California. At present, active branches worldwide continues to expand their menu selections to tailor the preferred tastes of respective cultures. Along with Paradise Dynasty, Boga Group has taken yet another franchise by storm, bringing Pepper Lunch to a national favorite for its authenticity, affordability, and an extra ‘Do-It-Yourself’ novelty to the existing brand.
I had fun a Christmas party last weekend. Every one of us exchanged gifts and are all smiles with what each gave and received.
Two weeks earlier, all of us wrote a wish list that includes three things we really want at the moment. I don’t exactly remember all three items, but I recall having two beauty products and a cookbook on my wish list.
After we’re done writing our three wishes down, they were collected in a box. Then each one of us had to pull out a list from the randomized collection. The list I pulled out belongs to a girl who wished for a handful of beauty products like I did.
What’s more – one of the items on her list includes a product I really, really love: A Lancome mascara.
That makes everything a lot easier – I had a one-stop shopping spree at the local Lancome store to get the girl’s gift AND to restock my own mascara.
Virtuose Drama mascara in Drama Black #01 by Lancome (USD 30.00). I confess: I’ve been using drugstore mascaras half my life – and have survived through each and every one of their three-month shell lives before they leave thick, sticky smudges all over my lashes. Though they’ve given me the extra volume I need for my Asian eyes, it’s getting annoying to find tiny black streaks falling down on my face every time I blink. Hours after application, my lashes become so dry they form big, black clumps that looks dramatic from afar, but hideous up close.
A couple of months ago, I decided to switch to using Lancome’s Virtuose Drama mascara. It became my saving grace from all the drugstore disasters I’ve been through in the past.
I even tweeted about the Virtuose Drama mascara upon my first application (on 22 October 2012), and I’ve loved it ever since.
Lancome claimed that the Virtuose Drama is their first invention that has a double-lifting lash effect. With its signature curved brush, the latest-generation mascara lifts from the roots of your lashes up to the tips. Note that the Virtuose Drama mascara is custom-developed for Asian lashes, which tends to be short and straight like mine.
The result? No goo. No clumps. No smudges. Somehow the Virtuose Drama is able to resist Jakarta’s humidity.
I see a curvier lift that lasts for the whole day, plus just enough volume to make me happy. My lashes don’t turn into black chunks like they used to. They remain clearly-defined throughout the day, just as how it is earlier when I’m just done applying the mascara.
Though results are not as dramatic as drugstore mascaras, you’re simply better off with this baby instead, because both curve and volume lasts for hours.
In addition to its long-lasting effects, I love that it’s super easy to remove. Just a couple of sweeps with my makeup remover and a light cotton pad, and the whole thing is gone.
Back at the Lancome store, the lady at the counter offered me a little gift for purchasing two mascaras!
These are samples of the following Lancome products:
I like that the eye make-up remover easily wipes out my Virtuose Drama, and that it smells like rose. The label says it removes both waterproof and non-waterproof mascaras, so that’s a benefit even though I rarely use waterproof products myself. I haven’t tried the Hypnose Precious Cells mascara yet, and not planning to until I’m done with my Virtuose Drama. Sadly, I’m a lipgloss girl; not a lipstick one… I’ve always had naturally red lips (probably because I’m still young). God knows when I’ll be needing smears of Rouge In Love…
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Sooooo guess what I got from my wish list?
I’m reaaally glad I got what I wished for, just like the girl who got her Virtuose Precious Cells mascara :)
I’ve been a TBS fan for years. I used to hate them in my teenage years when I tried every product from their Tea Tree line, which didn’t do anything to my blemish-prone skin except more redness and sensitivity.
It’s a different story now.
I’ve sticked with one TBS product (the Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream) throughout my college life. That translates to a five-year loving relationship with TBS. I put the cream on my face both day and night – under my makeup and before I go to sleep. Yep, that’s how much I love the product.
Then again in this post I’m reviewing the gift I received, not the night cream.
Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator by The Body Shop (USD 15.00). Now that my skin is blemish-free and hardly suffers from acne, a large part of my skincare routine is focused on maintaining the skin’s health and preventing skin conditions that are related to aging.
However, I still have open pores and excess oil on my T-zone, whereas my cheeks and chin are usually dry. In other words – my skin needs balance.
Aside from a weekly clay mask and daily face wash, I usually have an exfoliating scrub every once in a while. I recently ran out of it. I figured TBS’s seaweed line was the best choice for my dry/oily combination skin.
A full weekend’s use is not a good enough time to judge how well this scrub is doing on my skin, but I love that it has a cooling effect during and after I cleanse my face with this product. It feels fresh and rejuvenating to the skin.
The gentle beads help to allow my skin to breathe better as I scrub my T-zone, cheeks, and chin. The process encourages more blood to flow to my face. I recommend washing it all off using lukewarm water for the cooling after-wash effect to last longer.
I don’t know whether it’s because of this product or otherwise, but I noticed a more refined skin tone and texture. Typically I wash my face three times a day, and my skin produces a natural glow each time I wash my face with the mild and gentle Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser and scrub it with the seaweed exfoliator after that.
I suspect it’s because most of my skincare products are from TBS. Normally my skin becomes more sensitive when I introduce it to new products of a different brand rather than that from the same one. Nevertheless, I’m really happy with TBS so far.
Now it’s your turn to share. How does your skincare regimen look like? More importantly – What’s on your wish list this Christmas?
4.71 mi run in 43:25 min (pace: 9’13″ / mi)
3.1 mi run in 29:41 min (pace: 9’31″ / mi)
4.02 mi run in 38:36 min (pace: 9’37” / mi)
3.1 mi run in 29:15 min (pace: 9’24” / mi)
In my case, I got to cook for him and his family my spinach fettucini alfredo. It was comforting for me to watch him eat the whole plate without breathing.
In his case, he got me NUTS!
He’s probably devising fantastic plans to drive me even more nuts in the celebrations to come. He also got me another one of his many bouquets of flowers…
For some reason, white roses are much more beautiful than the red and pink roses he’s gotten me in the past. They just look so pure…
I got the urge to take better care of them than the previous bouquets. I do replace water in the vase everyday for all the flowers I’ve received, but I’ve always kept them inside my bedroom. They’ve only lived and breathed under artificial sunlight and in an air-conditioned environment.
This time, I want these flowers to stay strong. To make sure they keep blooming and live longer, I placed these beautiful white roses in my mother’s balcony.
It’s such a depressing season. Everyday it rains heavily and traffic in Jakarta just keeps getting worse. When it rained yesterday, I was afraid these roses would not be strong enough to stand the howling winds blowing from all directions. I was going to my mother’s bedroom to unlock the balcony doors and retrieve these roses, but I took a peek first from the bedroom window while it was still raining outside.
The roses were better than ever (our balcony has a tiny roof to shelter the area where I placed this vase).
Today, unsurprisingly, the petals and leaves are extremely moist. Jakarta’s pretty humid, you see.
Still, the most important thing is that they’re blooming gracefully.
As I was taking these pictures, I’m also witnessing the calm before the storm …
I wish flowers are everlasting. As long as I take good care of them, they will last forever.
But the truth is, beauty is passing … and only love endures.
Tell me: How do you celebrate love with your loved ones? What are the little ways that you tell them they’re special?