10 Things You May Not Know About Me

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10. I’m 5ft Short.

There are perks about being short, such as buying cheaper clothes in the kids section. Shoes in kid sizes are always cheaper than adult size shoes. When I trip over something, its not to far from the ground.

9. I can fully understand and somewhat speak Tagalog and Ilocano.

Yes, I am Filipino. My parents are from the Philippines and always spoke Ilocano in the home. My mom cooks the best Filipino food ever. I learned Tagalog from watching the Filipino Dramas on TV with my Mom. My parents casually talked Ilocano, but when they did’t want us to understand them, they spoke Tagalog. I soon started to understand because everyday after my mom came home from work, she turned on the Filipino channel. On the Filipino Channel, they always spoke Tagalog.

8. I wanted to be a Lawyer.

I always took criminal justice classes and political science classes in college. I have a degree in Public Administration with a Core in Justice. I worked in a law firm as a legal assistant for almost a year, and it was such a stressful environment. I realize the money is great, but being a lawyer literally kills your health with all the stress.

7. I like smashed Rice Krispie Treats.

Rice Krispie Treats are always better smashed. Try it out yourself. As a young kid, I would always try to make it paper thin, while it was still in its wrapper. I would even step on them, to get them really thin. Since its smashed, it becomes longer so you have more to enjoy.

6. I’m allergic to Shellfish.

When I was about 8 years old, my family and I ate crab every day for a week. All of a sudden I had an allergic reaction and I was covered with hives. I remember my Dad use to dive in the ocean to get lobster, and now I can enjoy lobster. I know I live in Hawai’i and I’m always surround with shellfish. I guess you can say I’m a cheap date.

5. I used to play the piano.

I started to play the piano when I was in the 3rd grade. When I got to high school, it was hard to juggle between piano lessons and sports. So I stuck with sports. I do want to learn how to play the piano again, so if you have tips for me I would greatly appreciate it.

4. I tore my ACL.

I tore my ACL in my left knee. It was my senior year in High School, and it was our qualifying game for States. I went up to hit the ball, and I landed the wrong way. At first I didn’t feel any pain and all I felt was a snap in my knee. I did try to play again the next night, but my knee was just not moving the right way. I didn’t get a ACL reconstruction until 2 years after because I wanted to play tennis during my senior year. I guess you can say I played tennis with a torn ACL.

3. I like watching Pimple Popping Videos.

It so interesting to watch Pimple Videos, like Dr. Pimple Popper. I guess I like dissecting into things. I can watch a whole 15 minutes video of pure pimple video without feeling bored at all. I guess its a feeling of getting rid of something bad that you don’t need. I don’t have lots of pimples, but I sometimes like picking my husband’s pimples.

2. I served a Full Time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Yes, I am Mormon. I served 18 months as a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I served in Salt Lake Temple Square. I was able to meet people from all over the world such as Brazil, Taiwan, Canada, Germany, Chile, Philippines, and many place. It was all service and I never had so much love for people I just met. Being a Mormon means more than just a title, but its about a devotion of love and service to help people. Its being who you are and loving life because I do have a guidance to where I need to be and where I need to go.

1. I’m married!

My husband is 6ft and 6 inches tall. He is Caucasian. We are the most physically looking opposites. We have people do a double take when they see us holding hands in a mall. He has blonde hair and I have black hair. I’m tan and he is white. Although we look so different, we are sync with each other. We are both open with trying different foods from different cultures. We love the outdoors and sports. We met at a Church Study class, and I was really shy when I first met home. So my Uncle talked to him, and the rest was history.

This are 10 things you probably didn’t know about me! I may not be a celebrity, or have any super powers. I think I’m pretty unique in my own unique way.

What are some random facts about yourself? Do you like watching pimple popping videos? Have you seen a missionary before?

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

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Stepping Stones

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Dupixent Update!

What has everyone been up to? I have been so busy in the past two weeks with projects and small stepping stones. Let me tell you, my skin feels so much better! I’ve been on Dupixent for about a month and few days. It feels really nice to be able to wear shirts and not worry about my skin being in pain. One of the places I had it bad was on my scalp. My scalp now doesn’t have any scabs from my eczema. Behind my neck was just as bad, and now its totally clear. There are few spots that is still dry, and my arms still have an uneven skin tone. I’m sure over time it will just tan.

Looking back and my pictures from a month ago, it makes me cringe. I know it was something I had to go through and gave me so much will power for trials ahead. Stepping stones to move forward and not regret any experiences. People may have their concerns with using a new drug, but I actually feel like I have so much more energy and self confidence now. I do have some scars from having eczema and it reminds me of how far I came and to just being happy in my own skin.

LipSense

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Yea, you all probably heard about SeneGence. Well I’m part of this organization with a beauty line guaranteed to beautify any women. I love their long lasting lip color, and I can’t wait to use their other products.

I know its about building a team, but honestly I feel like these sisters on the team has been so supportive. There are girls who are less than a year in the business and they reached their 1 Million mark. It would nice to shoot for 1 Million mark, but I’m going to enjoy the business and not get so obsessed with sales.

Before starting SeneGence, I just felt like I needed to do more. I graduated with my Bachelor Degree last year, and right now my husband is going to school. I thought about going to grad school, but I knew it would be tough with our schedules and going to work full time. I also have a student loan that I just want to go away. I don’t want to accumulate anymore money on my loan.

My cousin started to sell LipSense and I thought about how she was enjoying herself and all the colors are so beautiful. I took the leap of faith to sign up and start learning about all these products. It feels such a great feeling to learn about products in order to share what I learn about these products. I haven’t seen a big commission check, but I’m enjoying the ride. In one training from one of the up line sisters, she said “Faith it till you make it”. I totally believe in having faith in all things you do, otherwise you wont get far. If you are thinking about trying any SeneGene products you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook @livealohabeauty.

Carnival

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Our Church has a carnival with just basic games. Let me just tell you, I won the grand prize of Chocolate kisses! There was basically a bunch of kisses in a mason jar, and we had to guess how many kisses were in the jar. I was actually one of the last people to guess a number.  I guessed 137, and I got it exactly on the dot.

I also lost horribly and the whip cream game. But my husband did pretty good. You ask me why am I writing about our carnival experience. Well although it wasn’t planned out so great, I changed my attitude to enjoy my time. I was grateful to have talk with friends and to just laugh and let loose. I didn’t care about embarrassing myself because it was all for laughs. Life is to be enjoyed while trying.

I hope you all have a great week. I was thinking about all my readers. Is there anything thing I could improve on?

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Dupixent

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How was your week?

Remember when I mentioned or talked about my GPC or my eye infection? This week I had to visit my eye doctor again on Wednesday. I live in Laie and I needed to drive to Honolulu. I think this is one of the cons about living in Laie is driving an hour into town for certain appointments. My eye appointment went actually well and its at a #2. I mean to say #2 because when you have GPC under your eye lids, the optometrist scale it from 1-4 which 4 is the worst. A month and a half ago my GPC was at a #4++, it was off the charts but now its at a #2.  I can wear contact lenses once a week for less than 8 hours. It’s just a step up because I do miss wearing contact lenses. Honestly, I still did not use my contact lenses because I wanted my eyes to heal before I start using my contact lenses again.

I mentioned to my husband about the hardships of wearing glasses all the time. I shouldn’t complain because I’m glad I have a great pair of glasses. Some commons hardships is when you are in an air-conditioned building and you walk outside in the humid your glasses fog up. Or when you are baking something in the oven and you open the oven door, then boom you glasses fog up again. I know sometimes when it’s just humid outside and you are talking to someone, sometimes my glasses would fog up and I would get embarrassed.

Good thing about my trip into town, I was able to go with my Sweden friend who needed to buy some loose-fitting clothes. Well we of course stopped by a thrift shop because it’s so inexpensive and they have lots of clothes. We shopped at Savers, and I have no problem with telling people I shop at a thrift shop because shopping in Hawai’i can be really expensive. At times, I rather buy clothes from Amazon or from an online shop because they have great deals. There are even lava lavas you could buy from a thrift shop. If you want to buy Hawaiian print clothing, I would recommend going to the Saturday market. Its cheaper at the Market and you get buy other Hawaii goods and even food. If you end up going to the Market, it’s located at the Aloha Stadium here on Oahu.

Neogen Dermatology: Green Tea Real Fresh Foam

This is an amazing cleanser, and it smells really nice. The instructions mentioned you can use one or two pumps, but honestly all you need is one pump and it goes a long way. This cleanser really felt moisturizing and did not dry up my skin at all.  It’s for people who have oil, sensitive, and dry skin. I have both dry and sensitive skin, and I had no bad reactions using this product, so I highly recommend this product.

I first went on Memebox and compared the prices for this product. Memebox website has skin care products and make up products, and they compare prices from different websites.

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Dupixent

Have you heard of Dupixent? So I have eczema, and I had eczema ever since I was 8 years old until now. When I was 8 years old till middle school it was really bad. I remember my Mom wishing she could take it away from me. I did not want to wear clothing that would reveal my eczema skin. It was mainly behind my knees and on my arms and hands but it was so bad. While in High School, playing high school sports really helped my eczema not flare up. I think it was from exercising and it helped my immune system become strong. Going to College it started to get bad because I wasn’t exercising as much as I did in High School. I would get it again behind my legs and arms, so of course I started to use steroid creams and they would thin my skin out and leave white blotches on my skin. Living in Hawai’i, it’s warm and humid, and sweat agitated my eczema. So exercising outside is hard because if I had an open sore, it would make it really itchy.

Let me say, I read so many reviews about Dupixent right after my Allergist told me about this drug. Although its new, I didn’t have anything to lose because I tried everything to heal my eczema.

Dupixent was just FDA approved in February. According to National Eczema Association, “Dupixent works by blocking a type of protein called an interleukin, or IL, from binding to their cell receptors. Interleukins contribute to a functioning immune system by helping to fight off viruses or bacteria in our bodies. When the immune system goes haywire, it can trigger certain ILs to mistakenly attack the body, resulting in chronic inflammatory conditions such as atopic dermatitis.

Dupixent works on two interleukins thought to contribute to atopic diseases: IL-4 and IL-13. By blocking IL-4 and IL-13 from binding to the receptors, Dupixent curbs the immune system over-reaction that results in atopic dermatitis. A calmed immune system leads to fewer and/or less severe symptoms of AD.

People who suffer from eczema have found relief in this drug. Of course each person has a different body and the drug reacts differently for each person.

Injections

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This past Friday was my first dosage for Dupixent, and since it was my first time I need to inject myself with two syringes. I’m not afraid of shots but giving myself a shot was something I could not do, so my husband had to give me my two shots. I felt like I was one of those people on YouTube, who almost fainted when a nurse was going to give them a shot but in comparison with giving myself my shot. Just the thought of giving myself my own shot made me scared and husband took the initiative and asked to do give the shot for me.

I’m 3 day from taking my first dosage. I don’t see major signs of improvement. Most of my eczema is seen on my arms, with dry blotches and bumps. I do have eczema on my tummy and back and legs. My skin still feels and looks the same, but I know everyone has different results with Dupixent. I decided to not use my steroid cream but just my steroid free ointment on my dry areas. I also stopped taking Zyrtec before bed because I don’t like feeling so groggy in the morning.

I wasn’t able to take a clear picture of the syringes and the box but I’ll be getting my next shot in 2 weeks. So Dupixent is a prescription used every two weeks and they call it maintenance shots after your first shots. I’ll try to remember to take a better photo of the syringes.

So do you know someone who has Eczema?

I’m not sponsored to write a review on the book or about Dupixent. 

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