Recycling: Old Bottles and Room Perfumes

29 Jun

Wow. I haven’t updated in forever. Hopefully, this is the start of me updating regularly (fingers crossed).

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I’m such hoarder. I hate throwing things away cause I know I can recycle them. But if you’re a busy busy bee like me, recycling projects don’t always happen on schedule.

And soon, I realized that I was starting to ‘collect’ a bunch of pretty perfume bottles (Eclat bottles to be precise, I can’t seem to part with this scent). Image

It’s such a pretty bottle, so there’s got to be something I could do with it, right?

I also noticed that I’ve got a few room perfumes lying around. Christmas gifts that I never opened cause I don’t want to use them yet. They come in these large bottles and I don’t want to open them. I think it’s my Filipino ‘tingi’ mentality wherein I just want to use a bit of it but not the whole lot. 

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So I figured, I’d recycle my old perfume bottles and turn them into containers for my room perfumes. Should be easy enough… right? :)

First thing I did was soak the perfume bottles in a tub of hot water for 20mins. It helps soften whatever glue it is that keeps the spritzer in place. Next, I grabbed a few tools from my craft kit for prying the spritzer off. I used pliers and a cutter but pliers and a sharp pair of scissors should do the trick too. 

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After the soak, I started prying the spritzer off. The top spray nozzle comes off pretty fast, no pliers needed. 

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I then started yanking the plastic cap that covered the neck of the bottle with my flat head pliers. It took a few twists, so don’t give up. :)

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It should look like this:

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Next, with my cutters, I started nipping away the soft metal case around the bottle’s neck. This part basically holds the entire spritzer in place. It’s most challenging part.

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But it does come off. Yay!

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When you’re doing this, don’t forget to have a piece of paper or newspaper around to catch all the metal bits to make cleaning up easier. 

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After you’ve pried the spritzer off, wash your perfume bottles (to remove any of the old perfume) and leave them out to dry. 

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Once the bottles are dry, you can add a bit of twine and beads to the neck of the bottles to make them pretty. I just wanted an excuse to be artsy-fartsy.

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When you’re happy with the way they look, you can add the room perfume and scent sticks. :)

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See, recycling can be fun. It’s makes for a pretty little project and it makes the house smell great! 

Plus, I didn’t have to use all of my room perfume stash.

 

Got an artsy recycling project you want to share with me? Leave a comment.

Happy weekend everyone!

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MEDICOL ADVANCE : TAP OUT PAIN

16 Oct

I used to work for the game industry during the time when AR was making its rounds with the game geeks and indie devs, that was the time when the ARToolkit was ported to Adobe Flash. Back then, we used to wonder when we’d actually see AR executions in the Philippines. We figured it would take a while since hardware here, has yet to catch up and there’s always the random budget constraint. But what do you know! Just after a couple of years after, out comes a really interesting AR game execution from Medicol. :)

The country’s first augmented reality game of its kind – Ibufluid Medicol Advance’s Tap Out Pain. Tap Out Pain is the latest installment in Medicol’s Advance Rewards Program (check out http://Medicol.ph), which makes winning super super easy. Simple social actions like tweeting or rating photos immediately enable you to win cool lifestyle prizes like an iPad, Samsung S2 and various GCs.

Tap Out Pain’s attractive full-color graphics promise visually stimulating eye-candy throughout the gameplay. The user is continuously challenged to take on ever-quicker reaction-time levels. Using either your PC or Android device, you can tap out the Pain Monsters that graphically represent a specific yet commonly experienced type of severe pain: SKULLDRILLER for Severe Headache, BRAINLEECH for Migraine, CRAMPZILLA for Dysmenorrhea and MAGMATOOTH for Toothache. Naturally, the augmented-reality “killing” weapon is the same as the real one: the Ibufluid Medicol Advance softgel.

Players just have to initially purchase specially marked MEDICOL ADVANCE 5’s Pack at Mercury Drugstore and Watsons Pharmacy. Then they simply register at http://www.Medicol.ph, enter the scratch code found on the Ibufluid MEDICOL ADVANCE 5’s pack, scan the special TAPOUT PAIN barcode to unleash one of the Pain Monsters, and it’s game on!

You can download the app on Google Play here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.medicol&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImFpci5tZWRpY29sIl0.

*Tap Out Pain was made possible by Ibufluid Medicol Advance for fast and advance relief for nakakapamaluktot na pain.

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It looks pretty neat.

And the monsters look awesome too! :)

It’s simple but fun. If you want to give the game a try, just scan this QR code. Enjoy! :)

Old thoughts, new perspective.

9 Oct

Today is hard drive clean up day and I stumbled upon old voice recordings, as well as literature and songs I wrote, a long time ago.

In a weird way, I’m both sad and thankful.

Sad because I no longer do this.
The age of social media and micro-blogging has taken me away from putting real thoughts and feelings on paper (or in this case, a .doc file). Maybe I’m busy, maybe there isn’t enough time.
Darn it, I just have too many excuses.

But I’m also thankful.
Thankful because it seems no matter how messed up my days can get,
I’m no longer in the same dark place I used to be in.

It actually feels like reading someone else’s thoughts, not mine.

Maybe I’ve actually grown up.

God, I was the closet emo kid, before ‘emo’ was born.
Hay caramba! O_O

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Counting Raindrops.
Life Thoughts – Circa 2004

I’m not having any fun lately.

Beneath my smile and my laugh,
I hide a pain too deep to express.
A wound that was almost healed,
bruised and battered again.

I scream for help,
a pitch so high,
only the Gods could hear.

I cry tears too many for anyone to see.

I hate the fact that I am so fragile,
and yet nobody understands that the strength I exude,
is but my only way to protect my shattered soul from ceasing to exist.

Pain. Pain. Pain.

I moan, I cry, I weep, I’ll die,
or I’ll probably lose my sanity…

And yet everything’s a blur.
I dont even know where I stand at this very second,
I dont know where I’ll be the next time the minute hand ticks.

I fear of the circumstances that come my way.
I fear of the period brought upon me,
imposed on me.

What used to be my foundation is scattered in front of me,
in a language I cannot understand.

My guiding light has burned out,
leaving me in an emptiness so full of night.

Let go, I tell myself.

Swim as high as the ocean,
Fly as deep as the sky.

Caress the last minute,
but never forget.

Never forget.

Though it may bring pain. Pain. Pain.

I moan, I cry, I weep, I’ll die,
or I’ll probably lose my sanity…

I’d have to let the world be as it is.

Let it be.

I’m no God,
not even a candidate for divinity.
I’ll just count the raindrops that take refuge on my skin,
and hope that the world takes me for who I am, within.

RECIPE: Cream Dory (with oats) and Lemon Butter Sauce

25 Aug

I’ve never done this (post my recipes) before so please bear with me :) This was an experimental recipe that turned out pretty good!

I’m not a big fan of just rolling meat/fish/chicken in ‘normal’ bread crumbs cause it feels too fast food for me, so I added oats. Plus, I like recipes that don’t require me to go out and buy more stuff, I like cooking with whatever’s in the kitchen.

FISH:

- 1 pack of Skyflakes, crushed (yup, just the individual pack that has 3 biscuits)

- 4 tablespoons of white flour

- 4 tablespoons of rolled oats

- 2 tablespoons of semolina flour (or you can just add two more tbsps of white flour if you don’t have this. i add this for more texture XD)

- salt

- black pepper

- cayenne pepper (optional)

- 2 medium sized eggs

- 2 cream dory fillets (cut to 6 serving pieces)

- 1 cup of vegetable oil.

Crush the Skyflakes.

Mix the Skyflakes, flour  and oats in a bowl or plate. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt and black pepper.

Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat.

Cut the dory fillets into 6 pieces (or whatever size makes you happy). Sprinkle a pinch of salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper (optional) on your fish. Just do this for one side, or you’ll end up with really salty fish.

Beat the two eggs in a separate bowl.

Dip the fish into the egg wash, then into your breading. Let it rest for about one minute so that the breading settles nicely on the fish, and it doesn’t fall apart.

Fry for about 2minutes on each side or until golden brown.

LEMON BUTTER SAUCE:

- 1 lemon

- 1/4 cup of fresh milk or evaporated milk

-  4 tablespoons of heavy cream ( usually other people like using mayonnaise but I’m not a big fan of mayo)

- 6 tablespoons of melted butter

- pinch of salt (if you used unsalted butter)

Whisk all the ingredients in a saucepan (no heat). After mixing, simmer the mixture for 3-4minutes on low heat.

Pour over fish.

Serve with fries or rice.

Sorry, I was too busy cooking I forgot to take pictures of the steps. :(

MY FAVE RED LIPSTICK : MAC – RUSSIAN RED

26 Jul

As I’ve said in an earlier post, the very first red lipstick I wore in public (of my own accord) belonged to my mom. I can’t remember what shade that was or what brand but no matter how embarrassing it first started out, that little tube of rouge sparked a love affair that will last a lifetime.

Since then, I’ve been hunting for the perfect shade. The “red” that I can call mine. It was a bit of a pain cause the mall clerks used to be so rude, maybe cause I’m morena, and they thought only certain colors suited me. They would shove a certain shade at me even if I wanted to try something else. I kept searching and never gave up. Finally, just a few years ago, I found the perfect “red” for me.

It’s from MAC Cosmetics and it’s their Russian Red (Matte) shade. I love it to bits. The color lasts about six hours if I don’t eat or drink, but since I drink and yap a lot, it lasts about three to four hours. I put it on in the morning and retouch a bit after lunch. It’s definitely striking but not Looney Tunes red, and has a matte finish, which makes it wearable during the day.

It’s a bright bluish red which I adore cause it makes my teeth stand out. And I love my teeth, but I’ll talk about that in a different post. My teeth look toothpaste commercial worthy whenever I put it on.

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The coverage is great and with the minimal swipes needed (if I wear it every single day), the whole tube should last me around five months. For about P1,000/tube, that’s not bad at all.

Every woman should discover her favorite lipstick shade. It’s just one of those things that makes you feel prettier, like a good pair of heels. Go on, go lipstick hunting, you won’t regret it. :) Happy hunting!

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I purchase my MAC Cosmetics at the Mac Cosmetics store in Rustan’s Makati.
They also have stores in Rustan’s Power Plant Mall and Rustan’s Edsa. 

Daily(?) Drawing : Day 2

25 Jul

I’m horrible at following rules. Even rules I’ve set for myself. And instead of posting the doodles I did a few days back, I have no idea where they went… probably in the trash. I really should stop doodling on random surfaces. :| So here’s another drawing…

I hope it doesn’t scare anyone, even though I think this is a pretty bad drawing of a demon-scary-thing. *face palm* oh well. Why a demon? Cause all my friends are playing Diablo 3 and it’s getting harder and harder to resist. :| Done in Photoshop, in barely 20mins.

I think I might have to draw a fat unicorn or post something girly to get over that one… how about we talk about lipstick?:)

Daily Drawing : Day 1

21 Jul

I’ve been drawing since I was a kid. And I’ve tried almost every single medium. Charcoal, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, oil, chalk, you name it. I even used matchsticks at some point.

Oil paint has and always will be my favorite medium. But with real life getting in the way and prices rising every year, buying oil paint isn’t really part of my budget anymore. For the past x++ years, I’ve resorted to digital painting. With digital however, I seem to end up with the worst excuses (too lazy to switch my computer on, can’t find my stylus, digital doesn’t feel like the real thing, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera). To the point where I’m getting rusty and it feels like I was actually a better artist when I was a kid (how horrible!).

I’ve been trying to get this daily sketch routine going on but I keep falling off the wagon. So here I am, trying to start the daily sketch all over again, and this time I’ve figured out a few rules to follow.

Rule #1: Any medium is fine

So whether it be oil on canvas, digital, or pen on freaking tissue, as long as I get a drawing/sketch/painting done everyday, that’s fine.

Rule #2: Sketch for 30mins

Whether I finish the artwork or not, I can only allot 30mins for it.

Rule #4: No specific subject

Hopefully I work on my portraits, but that might be too much. So any subject should do, as long as I draw/paint/sketch everyday.

Rule #4: I should post the sketch online

Hopefully, the guilt of not posting a daily sketch will push me to draw… and not make up excuses.

Four rules. Hopefully, I’ll stick to them. Wish me luck. :)

Here’s today’s artwork:

Title: Rebound Inspired

Medium: Photoshop

Time: 30mins

This artwork is inspired by the last sketch sesh we had at Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Philippines.

I took photos for that event and you can find the photos here.

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