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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Scents Through The Years

Here are some of my all time favorite scents that I have tried and still willing to use (as the budget permits).  I'm personally okay without any colognes or perfumes, there were even days where I don't put any especially if I don't have a choice or simply because I forgot to.   As long as I don't smell anything at all, I'm good.

So why do buy colognes or perfumes?  I don't really care about those things before, since, at the first place, I don't have enough to buy those stuffs.  Well, not until high school.  Peers really had a big influence on your preferences and needs.  It may not be a necessity but smelling good felt a lot better and it forms part of ones hygiene... which adds up to ones confidence. 

Well, with this, let me just share with you some of my favorite scents and a bit of my story behind each...

Atlantis by Bench.  The brand is local here in the Philippines.  Might be one of the famous scents I knew especially during my high school until college days.  Even had the impression that during those days, each and every Filipino might had used it one way or another.  Even as of today, there are still those using it.  How do I know?  I can't be wrong with that distinct and very familiar smell I once wear... hehehe.

Aspen. Even in my younger years, I love the smell of Aspen's fragrance.  A former girlfriend used the cologne but its their women's version.   Maybe I somehow opened up in one of our conversations that I liked the men's version of it that I received it as a gift during our anniversary... lucky me.  So where is she now?  I guess she's at home with our children by now. 

Polo Sport by Ralph Lauren.  This might be one of the famous fragrance in the world (just a guess).  Commonly imitated, so it kind of proves its popularity.  But still nothing beats the original.  Want to play safe in choosing a cologne, you'll never get wrong with this one.  In fact, I already asked a cousin abroad to buy me one if its a lot cheaper there.

Ferrari Black was another gift from my wife.  I'm starting to think that I don't have a sense of smell when it comes to fragrances (LOL).  No, I just trust my wife's taste that much.  And with this scent, how can I doubt her?

Style In Play by Lacoste.  My wife and I were planning to give each other a Christmas present.  While in the mall, we part ways to look for the perfect gift.  And it came to me, how about a cologne?  From the wide array of choices, I went for something unisex (so I could also use it, hehehe).  I was glad she liked it... how did I knew?...

... because we almost chose the same scent.  Good thing she gave me the Cool Play (also by Lacoste).  We never knew it until we opened our gifts.  We can't help ourselves but laugh that day.  Coincidence?  What if I tell you that once, we bought similar anniversary cards from different stores...

Challenge by Lacoste.  Haven't got over the brand yet, when their new scent was out in the market, I immediately got interested.  I searched the net and found a local vendor selling it in a much cheaper price (but still isn't cheap...), and of course got a consent from my wife (it's luxury).  Also, it's been a while since I had a cologne.

Team Force by Adidas.  My father-in-law gave this to me since he was no longer using it.  I was glad since back then we were attending an affair and I was not able to bring something to use.  Speaking of a perfect timing...

And last but not the least... The Essence by David Beckham.  It was the gift I received from my wife last Christmas.  I like the smell of this cologne since it isn't that strong.  Oh well, every scent that my wife chose was perfect for my taste..  she knew me that much.

Come to think of it, almost all of my colognes was given by my wife.  But I think it's the way that should be, right?  I mean, I'm wearing one to smell pleasant for my wife and not to impress anybody else.  And I'm not saying this just to receive another one from her... no kidding.

So, for those who were not yet blessed by a wife such as mine (hehehe), you can try these scents, highly recommend them.  Yahweh bless.           

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Unwinding At NRC2

Immediately after we arrived in General Santos City, we proceed to a resort called NRC2 Garden Resort (haven't really asked them about their name).  Just coming from a more or less 3 hours bus trip, the very first thing I would love to do was to lay down and sleep to a cozy bed... but going to the place was unexpectedly not that bad as well.  It was purely simple fun, nothing fancy about the place, makes it perfect for unwinding and relaxation.  More, we're lucky the place wasn't that crowded at that moment... in fact, our group was the only one there.  

The resort was just kilometers away but far enough from the busy life of the city... not to mention that it is surrounded by mountain view.  As for facilities and amusement, they offer the following: 

  • They have a 4 feet to 6 feet deep pool for adults and a separate pool for the kids with slides (the kids really enjoyed them).  
  • Cottages and function rooms
  • A tennis court
  • Karaoke or sing-a-long stations (wasn't able to get the mic from my wife...LOL)
  • And an ostrich (just saw one, not sure if there's more... hehehe)

If you're curious to visit their place, they are located at PhilTrade, Barangay Mabuhay, General Santos City.  It's quite tricky to get to the place, so you may want to ask for direction and other information in their contact number 0918-229-1630.  Good luck.  Yahweh bless.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Kadayawan Events Continue Amidst Threats

It's August an with the Kadayawan festivities in the air, all sorts of activities and exhibits surrounds Davao City.  Even had a chance to visit the plant sale within the parking vicinity of SM Matina, which will be there the whole month.  Aside from the wide array of local and imported plants (ornamental, fruit bearing, herbs, and other seedlings), people were also in a treat for all sorts of famous local fruits (such as durian, rambutan, lanzones, mangosteen, etc.) that were also for sale in every corner of the city.  But the forthcoming celebration is faced by the threat of terrorism.

It's just sad that the fear brought by recent explosions in some parts of Mindanao, greatly affected peoples' mindset about their safety and security.  Even our mayor said the he was thinking of cancelling the event as not to put in peril the lives of the people during the Kadayawan events.  However, knowing Dabaweños, we will not let these threat win us over with fear.  Otherwise, we just would help these terrorists achieve their goal and be more confident in continuing their evil schemes.  We are confident that the event organizers and authorities already thought of ways that would strengthen the security and safety of places where activities will be held.

But then again, we can't also afford to be over confident.  At all times, we must be vigilant, cautious and do our part to help.  We must be observant of our surroundings and promptly report suspicious objects or people to authorities (I'll bet, there will be more than enough policeman visible in every corner of the city, especially the events' vicinities).  Submit our selves to inspections, it is anticipated that there will be a couple of it, so please don't be annoyed.  The cooperation of the people would matter most in the success of festival.

Terrorism and taking innocent lives won't prove anything noble.  It can never justify any political, religious, economic or any cause there may be.  So we pray for a safe and fun-filled event for our very own Kadayawan.  May He enlighten our lost brothers and make them realize that violence won't solve anything nor would it bring them to any valiant goal or whatever.  Yahweh bless.