Beauty Diary: Express Face Routine

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Having to drastically switch time zones (12 hours difference!) plus suffering from insomnia really messed up my body clock. It's been almost 4 months and I still have not adjusted - this means staying up long hours and waking up so late that I'm lucky if I can even go out to run an errand each day.

On the bright side, I was forced to master the art of getting ready in a jiffy. That's about 20 minutes to shower, apply skincare & makeup. Here are the products I use when I don't have the luxury of time.




Is it too late to wish you all a happy new year? :) Hello, by the way! How is everyone?

I feel like I owe you all who are *still* reading this blog an explanation for my absence. A lot of things have happened since the start of 2013 that turned life upside down. A few happy things. A lot of unexpected, some very disappointing events. Recently, a major change that has forced me out of my comfort zone. I wish I could tell you everything but I am not comfortable writing these details in such a public space. Maybe over a cup of tea instead? :) 

Pet Parenting: Remembering Robbie

One of the reasons for my temporary withdrawal from blogging was that I had two terminally ill senior cats who needed all the attention and care we could provide to make their remaining days comfortable. We wanted them to feel loved. I already wrote an entry about Portia. It's Robbie's turn now.

Unlike the others we rescued as kittens or adopted as young adults, Robbie joined our family already a senior living with chronic kidney disease. When he was rescued by a local animal welfare group, he was no longer moving because of severe dehydration, infection and weakness. They were able to nurse him back until he was "healthy" enough for adoption. Our veterinarian kindly but truthfully set our expectations - that the most we could do was make his remaining years comfortable by maintaining what he ate and giving him his medication.

Months after his 1 year anniversary at our home, his health took a turn for the worst. We had to take him to his doctor weekly. Many sleepless nights were spent making sure he had round-the-clock attention because of all the medication he needed. We even discovered that having him listen to meditation music helped on days when he needed subcutaneous fluids. He hated that... and his injections, but found the nebulizer relaxing. He understood everything we did was for his own good.

Robbie needed a forever home and I loved him as soon as I saw him. He was Lily's frenemy and Pepper's best friend.