Thursday, December 2, 2021

The ups and downs of my mental health (and my weight).

I'm not one to make excuses. When I gain weight, for example, I chalk it up to me eating a ton of cake. But that's not entirely true. It's just easier to say that than to admit that I'm on meds. It's even harder to admit that I'm on meds again after having so proudly written about being off meds in a blog post not too long ago.

But my recent weight gain came so incredibly quickly, I feel like it needs to be addressed. Especially since I had been posting about my weight loss journey every couple of weeks prior to this. "Weight loss journey pero ang taba naman niya," I heard someone say without them knowing I had heard them. So here is the part of my life you might not know about, dear judgmental creature...

After four whole years, my psychiatrist had recently weaned me off of Risdin, an anti-psychotic that I need to take to quiet down the voices in my head. Voices that tell me I'm not good enough. Voices that tell me to drink a little more alcohol than I should. Voices that tell me to hurt myself. Voices that tell me to hurt other people. Without Risdin, these voices get so loud, I can't hear or think about anything else but what they're telling me.

And the most common side effect of this drug that keeps the voices away? Weight gain. Weight gain that happens so quickly, you probably won't believe it's possible unless you had actually seen me a few weeks ago and then saw me again today.

On average, people who take Risdin gain about 12 pounds in two months. So, it might have come as a shocker for those who cheered me on during my short-lived weight loss journey to see me all blown up like a balloon again in such a short amount of time.

See, I had a mental health relapse recently. One that caused me to check myself into a hospital to stop myself from trying to take my life again. Yes, the voices were back with a vengeance. And so, Risdin is back in my life with a vengeance, as well. In less than three weeks, I had gone one size up and gained five whole kilos.

The only difference this time is that I no longer feel bad about the weight gain. I'm no longer ashamed of it. Well, maybe I am a little. I actually did Photoshop these photos to make the weight gain look less shocking, after all.

But I don't complain about the weight gain as much anymore. I kind of just live with it. And then I go home and Photoshop myself and remind myself that the body I currently live in isn't really mine. It's the body I have to live with in order to survive a little longer.

47 percent of schizophrenics usually take their own lives within a decade of being diagnosed and (right now, at least) I refuse to be part of that statistic. If being chubbier for a time is what it takes to heal and to keep on living, then I'll take this weight gain and wear it for as long as I need to.

I'm also telling this story to remind you that you don't know everything that is going on in a person's life so please don't be so quick to judge or make conclusions. This is my story. And it might sound like an excuse to you, but it is what it is.

At the end of the day, when my dose is lowered and I'm back on track with my workouts, I'll be able to shed this weight and look and feel better again. Can you say the same about you, dear judgmental creature? 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

3 Features that Raise a Home's Value

As you probably already know by now, I recently moved to a townhouse. And while I don't own it or anything, I did learn a few things along the way on my search for a place to live. I've noticed that there are several things I tend to look for in a home and realized that certain features really raise a home's value.

If you're worried about sprucing up your home because you think you might be wasting money on renovations that won't do anything for you in the long run, here are 3 features that can actually raise a home's value and help you sell it for more later on down the line.

Energy-Efficient Features

Today's generation is all about saving energy, more so than ever before. One look at millennials' paychecks and electricity bills, and you'll easily understand why.

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As such, if you plan on upgrading your home's appliances, be it your refrigerator or your furnace, try to look for energy-efficient equipment that could help lower the electricity bills. You might want to invest in a smart thermostat, as well; this could make a huge difference.

Upgrade Important Rooms

Some of the most important rooms in a home that homebuyers will look at are the kitchen and the bathrooms. Everything has to look absolutely perfect from the appliances to the decorations and the finishes. They don't just have to look great, though. Things have to be positioned well, and the features in it have to be both durable and useful.

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Because of this, it would be a good idea to ensure that the kitchen and bathrooms are visually appealing and useful as a whole. If you aren't sure which rooms to really spend your time and money on in terms of renovations and upgrades, these would be it.

Fresh Paint

Believe it or not, a fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference in how a home looks in the eyes of homebuyers. While the colors may play a part, the mere visual appeal of a newly painted home can make or break a person's decision.

Worn paint will make your home look exactly that: worn. A new coat will make everything look brand new and make it more visually appealing. The best part is that paint jobs don't cost too much money, but could definitely give you a leg up in terms of real estate.

Whether you're looking for real estate for sale in Whistler or anywhere in your area, make sure to take note of the features mentioned above.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

FRESH TIME with BT21 is finally here.

Calling all fellow BT21 lovers! The go-signal is now green! Score this fresh and funky line made by FRESH Philippines to make your everyday skincare routine a lot quirkier.

With its special edition BT21 products and merch, and their new partnership with LINE FRIENDS; this new set of products is made with improved formulation and cute designs that will bring life to your usual skincare routine.

It’s a delightful skincare treat for every UNIVERSTAR BT21 lover in the Philippines. If you are very particular with the products that you use for your skin and body, FRESH Philippines delivers a premium and fun collaboration that will give you the best of what this new line has to offer and the opportunity to bring home cute and iconic collectibles featuring the adorable UNIVERSTAR BT21 characters.

For Smooth Like Butter Skin

FRESH Philippines offers their cult-favorite soothing gel lotions with their upbeat new designs and a ‘tiny’ surprise that everyone will love! If you’re looking for that FRESH start, then this is the perfect time to commence your skincare journey, especially with this BT21 new line!


Achieve that glass looking skin that you have been dreaming of for so long with FRESH with BT21 Tomato Glass Skin Soothing Gel Lotion. This soothing gel lotion exhibits a true tomato power and is crafted with TheraGlass Complex, a special formula that has Hyaluronic Acid and Arbutin that keeps your skin hydrated and healthy while giving that natural looking glass skin finish.


For even and soft skin, on the other hand, check out FRESH with BT21 Jeju Aloe Ice Soothing Gel Lotion. Each tub is infused with TheraCool Complex that gives twice the power of moisture for your face and body. This aloe vera-infused Soothing Gel Lotion is made with TheraCool Complex, a special cooling formula infused with Niacinamide and Centella Asiatica that restores your skin’s natural moisture while it lightens dark marks and evens out your skin tone. That’s twice the power, twice the confidence boost!


AThe FRESH Jeju Aloe Ice Soothing Gel Lotion and the FRESH with BT21 Glass Skin Soothing Gel Lotion 300mL design comes also with a mini version of 120mL sachets with BT21 designs. Now, you don’t have to worry about buying a whole new container as you can easily refill it with these sachets.

From the generous skin-pampering elements of Jeju aloe and tomato, FRESH PH introduces their other two skincare frontrunners that come in a handy 120mL sachets, the FRESH with BT21 Watermelon Youthful Bliss Soothing Gel Lotion and the FRESH with BT21 Green Tea & Cucumber Soothing Gel Lotion.

The watermelon-infused gel lotion has a gel-type formulation packed with vitamins and nutrients that help fight the early signs of skin aging. On the other hand, the green tea and cucumber soothing gel lotion is developed with acne care formula to keep your skin and body moisturized while reducing oil production and dark spots caused by pimple breakouts.

All these soothing gels are non-sticky, lightweight, and it feels so natural to the skin. You will surely radiate FRESHness all throughout the day!

A Scent of Security in a Bottle

Before starting your skincare, it’s always best to make sure that your hands are well-sanitized and clean. Sometimes, the alcohol and sanitizing sprays give us that strong stinging scent, and it’s understandable why some people dodge this part of their routine. If you are one of those people who tend to skip this part, then you can now leave your worries behind for FRESH Philippines came up with an out of this world scentsation in every FRESH with BT21 70% Ethyl Alcohol Solution Alcosprays.


It is the perfect mix of fragrance and disinfecting ingredients available in every click of your spray cap. It comes with four 100mL variants and two 500mL variants:

Cosmic Wonder (Purple) 100mL
Interstellar (Green) 100mL
Starburst (Red) 100mL
Supernova (Orange) 100mL
Interstellar (Apple Green) 500mL
Supernova (Blue) 500mL

Each variant ensures 99.9% germ- and bacteria-killing solution. Unlike any other alcosprays, FRESH PH added the soothing and moisturizing elements of aloe vera; making sure your hand feels soft, gentle-to-touch, and fresh every time you use it.

Collect, Select, and Trade!


Grab these BT21 Photocards for every minimum purchase of Php499. Complete the seven pieces, and even make friends with these dashing and delightfully designed BT21 Photocard sets. You can also cop your Fresh PH products for a bang-for-buck deal up to 50% off! Promo only lasts until November 21, 2021, though! You can also skip the lines and have yours delivered from Watsons store to your door when you place your orders in all Watsons platforms.

There's a lot in-store for everyone as FRESH PH confirmed that they will be releasing more BT21 merch and skincare products. Here’s a sneak peek:


The FRESH with BT21 Eco Bag Purple and Mask Case perfectly interweave style and utility featuring the designs of the UNIVERSTAR BT21 characters, #KOYA #RJ #SHOOKY #MANG #CHIMMY #TATA #COOKY #VAN. The compact design makes sure that you can secure it easily anywhere, even in your purse.

To stay in the loop with the latest promos, deals, and products, don’t forget to follow FRESH PH’s official accounts on Facebook and Instagram, and check out their official e-commerce site here.  Indeed, BT21 lovers will have something to look forward to in the coming days, so stay tuned!