I’m back (after two long years)

I can’t believe I’m writing a blog post again after two years of being quiet. Life changes us. Life molds us. Life teaches us lessons. Sometimes the lessons are too big, we feel as if we can’t make it through. This is how I felt. I changed. Life molded me. And I got through it all.

Now I am back and I’m stronger. I’m reading blogs again and I’m so glad to see that my old virtual friends here are doing great.

The first thing that I did when I logged in again was check my last post and I didn’t even look at the month. Seeing “2016” shocked me! God, has it been 2 long years since I’ve written something? I was having second thoughts on whether I should even update you (chances are no one will even read this post). But then I thought a blog is first for the writer, and then for the reader.

I’m just glad that I’m back and I’ve decided to write again. I want to write more and tell you about everything that happened while I was away. We all go through phases in our lives and I just want you to know that no matter what it is that you’re going through, you’ll get through it. It is just a phase. You have friends here who are ready to listen (and read your blog). If anyone’s reading this, if I still have friends out there, don’t be shy! Say hi!

#PositivelyBetter Midyear Trip

Bellevue Bohol

The Bellevue Bohol

Time flies by so fast. We’re almost halfway through the year, have you made new happy memories?

If you are longing for another vacay, this is the ideal time to go. The kids are back to school and people are in work mode (because they’ve used up their leave allowance) so you’ll be able to enjoy  more because it’s less crowded. It’s always summer in the Philippines and we Filipinos travel no matter what time of the year. Bohol is one of the most visited provinces in the Philippines for its coral reefs, scuba diving sites, diverse wildlife and the famous and iconic symmetrical mounds we call Chocolate Hills. Look at the photo above and imagine this as your home for a few days. Isn’t is exciting?!

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42°C in Summer

Unbelievable! The last time I experienced 42°C was when I first set foot in Doha 8 years ago.  My nose bled for days. The summer heat is dangerous and I live in a town just outside Manila where there are plenty of trees. I can’t imagine how hot it is in the city right now. I love summer but 42°C is just too much for me.

As much as I love the sun, I can’t go on a long out of town trip because of Pierce. He’s too young to be exposed to a weather this hot so we just take short trips to the mall or a nearby park late in the afternoon when it’s cooler. I’ve been busy with my freelance work these days (plus being a mom of course which is my actual full time job).

I just want to share with you some of my instagram photos:

I wish to have a garden one day… One that has plenty of beautiful succulents.


I wish you all a lovely day!




Family is a Gift that Lasts Forever

Lainey Loves Life - blog - National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month and before this month ends, I would like to share with you a little bit about our family.

It was one humid night in March 2015 when I last heard my grandma speak. She spoke to me. She asked for ice cream but I lovingly said I can’t give her more because she can’t have too much sweets and I don’t want her to get sore throat. She smiled at me and didn’t say a word. A few hours later, we rushed her to the hospital and the doctor declared that she’s in coma. After saying our goodbyes and prayers, at the 24th hour, my grandma passed away. She died of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (bleeding in the space between the brain and the membrane that covers it) which is common among the elderly.

Two years before that, she had a mild stroke but because my grandma was mentally, psychologically, and spiritually strong, she recovered fast. From being bedridden, she was able to sit again. We tried helping her walk but she couldn’t. Even so, I never heard my grandma speak ill of her condition. She was a happy person and she thanked the Lord everyday for all the blessings in her life.

It was my grandma’s condition that made me realise the value of family. We aren’t rich and we didn’t have all the money needed to get a professional nurse for her. My sister is a nurse and another sister is a Med-Tech student so they taught everyone in the family how to properly care for her when they’re not around. I was fortunate to have understanding employers so I spent many days at home doing my job remotely. When I wasn’t in front of my laptop, I changed my grandma’s diapers, cleaned her nails, massaged her legs and feet. I was her personal nurse, physical therapist, and driver. They say my grandma was lucky to have us, her family, who cared for her and showered her with love. I say we were lucky to have her for bringing us into this world.

I’m encouraging everyone to become your family’s keeper/carer.

Filipinos are family oriented. In fact, our parents would allow us to stay with them at home until they’re ready to move to a place of our own. I wish us children and grandchildren would do the same for our parents not as an obligation but to give thanks and return the love they have given us. After all, we won’t be here if not for them.

You will feel at peace when you know you have done everything to make them happy while they’re still alive. Know that I’m pertaining to time and attention and not just financial support. They recover fast when they know their family is with them every step of the way because believe it or not, HAPPINESS HEALS. FAITH HEALS. LOVE CREATES MIRACLES.

Because I love my family so much, I’ll do everything in my power to care for them when they’re sick or when they’re too old to clean up their mess. I’d carry them with love and patience just like how they did when I was born. Family is a gift that lasts forever.

I salute all those who stand as caregivers to sick family members. I’m praying for you that God may bless you and allow you to carry out this task with love, patience, and strength.

Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land of the Lord your God is giving you. – Exodus 20:12

Get To Know Me Tag

Laineyloveslife-get to know me tagI saw Vanessa’s post (Say Hello to Gorgeous) and I thought I should do this too so you’d get to know me better. 🙂

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?

Wavy. 🙂
2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
I go to a salon to make sure the colour is even. I recently discovered an organic hair colour solution though, and I’m planning to try it very soon. My OB said I can have my hair colored if I’m going to use organic dye.
3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it?
I have a very basic and simple style though I am not afraid to try a different one every now and then.
4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I go to a salon. My nail technician is really good. 😀 I don’t know how to use a nipper lol
5. How often do you change your nail polish?
I change my nail enamel twice a month. If I don’t like the colour then I change it a day after. 😀
6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?
I polish my toes ALWAYS.
7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup?
arrgh. Hard question. Is it okay if I say it takes me an hour on days when I’m literally undecided on almost everything? When I’m in a hurry though, you’ll be surprised to see me dashing out of the door in 5 minutes, with full makeup on.
8. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
Face! A good base is the key to healthy skin.
9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
I buy what I need when I need it. And I get gifts from thoughtful friends. 🙂
10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
I have a pair that can be worn daily although I seldom wear them. I have a nother pair that’s for special occasions.. the kind that’s thick and long.
11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?
I’m a fan of natural makeup. 🙂
12. Do you wear makeup when you’re home alone or with family?
No. I want to keep my face bare and fresh at home..
13. Will you leave the house without makeup?
Yes, but you’ll be seeing me wearing sunnies all day.
14. How many high-end products do you have?
I have no idea. I’ll have to check!
15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you’re getting dressed?
I usually plan but I’m also spontaneous so anything goes…
16. How often do you change your handbag?
I change my handbag according to the colour of clothes I’m wearing.
17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?
I’m bad at this! When I’m tired, I don’t even eat dinner. Most days, I sleep at 11pm and wake up at 7am.
18. How often or when do you workout?
I used to go to the boxing gym daily. Now, preggo me goes up and down the stairs for my daily workout. 😀
19. Left handed or right handed?
20. How tall are you?
5’5″ 1/2. I wish I’m taller.
21. Do you speak any foreign languages?
I speak my mother tongue which is Filipino/Tagalog, limited knowledge of a few other local dialects, and English. I know a few words in Arabic, Mandarin/Hokkien, and French.
22. How many pets do you have?
3 dogs, 6 birds, 1 turtle.
23. How often are you on Blogger?
I’m on WordPress everyday.
24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?
Yes! I love reading as much as I love writing.
25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
I keep a list on my iphone. 🙂 When there’s a review I liked, I’d put the brand and item name there including the price and check it out the next time I go to the mall.
26. How did you come up with your blog name?
I really wanted touse laineyloves (so I could always complete it with category names like life/love/makeup/food..) but it’s already taken so I decided to use lainey loves life which basically means I love everything there is in my life! I think life is a gift. 🙂
27. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs?
I only use my iPhone 5s. It’s easy to quickly adjust the brightness before posting on social media sites.
28. How often do you clean your house?
29. What’s your favorite color?
black & white, or pastel colours…
30. Do you swear?
31. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
I’m going to have my 4D ultrasound today! 🙂 I’m going to see my baby. The gender reveal is happening today too. 🙂 I’ll update you all later.
I’d love to know more about you! Do this tag and let me know you’ve done it via the comment box below. 
Let’s be friends!
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