Monthly Archives: September 2015

TRAVEL Bug: A Travel Documents, Cash & Credit Cards Security Precaution When Traveling Internationally plus a Bonus Belt Bag, too

The priceless benefit of security and stress-free out-of-the-country trips are what I received since I started using this radio frequency identification (RFID) card sleeves for my ID and credit cards and passport, with a bonus body belt bag for my important travel documents when traveling internationally… at just the right size, fit and make.

After rampantly hearing stories of unnoticeable identity theft while withdrawing cash from automated machines abroad, standing in line by grocery counters or paying in malls, it’s worth the extra effort and investment to protect myself from probable mishap, especially when away from home. Credit cards require extra security. The set provides 5 sleeves for cards and 1 large one for more important documents that have chips, like my passport.

The set includes a belt bag which is made of breathable soft material that is neither itchy nor stiff to cause discomfort. It is comfy to use if you want to wear it discreetly underneath clothing, like I have to do when I have to reach my destination in professional attire. I just get all my important stuff adequately covered with the provided sleeves and stash it flat in the spaces provided. The result is unnecessary bulk, unnoticeable and discreet underneath a business coat. Its zippered compartments organize documents, valuables and allow petty bills and coins to be easily accessible and within grasp when needed. It includes a front kangaroo pouch that extends storage space to accommodate non-paper items that are not flat, emergency sugar or gum, the like. The zipper mechanisms run smoothly and look sturdy to withstand numerous openings and closings assuring functionality and performance for frequent multiple use. It also has its own strap with easy snap on and off located adjacently to the side of the packet (not at the back!), that acts as a belt loop should you choose to sling it through your belt loops.

Since I got this set of 4 sleeves for cards, 1 sleeve for my passport and a money belt, electromagnetic security had been standard procedure for me. Especially important when traveling through airports, I don’t mind going through the extra precaution to be safe than sorry (especially when far away)… not a funny bag at all.

Disclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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TECH Tips: Easy-Plug Simultaneous Fast, Full & Lo…o…ong Cables for my Apple Devices

This is a 3-in-1 pack of lightning cables ready to juice up to 3 devices simultaneously. They come in varying lengths of 3, 6 and 9 feet without compromise to charging speed.

Now, I don’t need to plug and unplug the same cable and stash it in my purse to make sure I can charge when I need to. Less time for plugging and unplugging, too.

For the 3 feet lightning cable, I keep this steady in my car. The length is just right for use in the front or backseat of the car without need for unplugging from the charger. It is also easy to coil around the gearshift and eliminates getting tangled and unwanted coiling, all causing undue stress.

The 6 feet cable is what I use on my bedside. It charges my tablet while reading an eBook before sleep. The length allows use by my bedside partner, if need be. All I do is keep it up by the headboard.

Finally, the 9 feet cable is what I use on my office table. It keeps the device accessible for use within the room, while allowing my cubicle neighbor to borrow it during emergencies.

The best part is each lightning cable comes with a velcro strip that never gets lost with that cut-out loop-around feature. No more tiewires that have to be constantly replaced and dangerously prickly, too.

I do not like to delve on the inconvenience of plugging and unplugging my cables whenever and wherever I charge. The price is right to have 3 cables at every location I stay longest for short or long charging. Simple convenience come in inexpensive packages, indeed.  I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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HOME Helps: Freshly-Ground Spices and Herbs in a Chic & Compact Hot Kitchen and Tabletop Grinder-Dispenser

I love putting freshly ground seasoning (salt, pepper and herbs) on my pasta, barbecues and roasts. I buy them raw, coarse or naturally whole from flea markets then grind them myself only at the moment it is needed. With salt, I leave them coarse, with pepper, I use a pepper mill, while with herbs, I shred and shrivel them with bare hands or cut them with kitchen shears because I don’t like to squish them with a stone grinder or mortar and pestle. To simplify but lose pizazz, I buy semi-fine to fine produce.

Crude, isn’t it? But this is a time-tested family culinary secret that has been passed on for generations to bring out an excellent match between spices and herbs, and the main ingredient being cooked, baked or grilled. Unfortunately, buying spices fine loses its natural taste. Having a dependable and presentable grinder-dispenser which is affordable is hard to find.

I’m glad I found this grinder that works so neatly not only in the hot kitchen but looks gorgeous on the tabletop as well. Now, I can actually grind my spices and herbs at just the moment I need it without all the fuss. It also gives my guests the option to adjust my culinary experiments to suit their individual taste.

The grinders are made of stainless steel alloy so it’s virtually rust-free for life. I fear no food contamination. The grinding surfaces are machined most probably through electronic CNC techniques, so precision on the grinding clearances are measured to a tee. The result ranges from coarse to very fine granules. It works without being messy because the stainless steel ends seal the interior see-through plastic of the container, and stays firm while in use.

The large size of approximately 2” (diameter) x 12” (length) makes large amounts easily available without constant refilling. As an additional tip, do not fill the container to the brim with your salt/pepper/herbs to allow circulation. Shake the container after every two 360-degree turns in case granules get caught in the blades.  I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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BEAUTY Bonus: Using a Single Brand for My Maximum Facial Anti-Acne, Rejuvenation & Wrinkle Prevention Routine


Ocean Minerals anti-aging facial line by Azure Naturals – cleanser, toner & hydration creme

The standard steps of cleansing-treatment-prevention-hydration is what professionals advise to be developed into a personal beauty routine, specially past 30 years of age. For the gifted ones with excellent complexion, water and mild soap or cleanser seem to work well while youth reverberates, and natural moisture is supplemented with hydration to combat the effects of the environment. Unfortunately, I am not one of those, even worse, my skin had suffered acne through the years and the harshest environment exposure under sun. My first concern is to control the acne, prevent further formation, then preventing the onset of the next enemy— fine lines and wrinkles.

I’m glad that Azure Naturals simplified the 4-step beauty process to set my beauty regimen rolling without considering products of varying brands that have the possibility of counteracting each other, or worse conflicting each other to my skin’s detriment.

Not too long ago, my dermatologist had identified my skin as dry on the outside yet oily in the inside, so it has an outward appearance of scaly flaky skin but prone to acne breakouts. Unfortunately, this continued past my teen years. Finding the right skin formula to control acne had been pretty challenging relying on trial-and-error method, and now I have to include anti-aging components. I had refrained from using moisturizers and oil-containing products because I prefer to suffer a dry complexion to the periodic ugly red bumps. As time progressed, I realize the necessity to use longer-absorbing oil-based hydration formulas specially now that I experience excessive dryness & itchiness, not to mention the fine lines that are starting to show.


Hydration Mask by Azure Naturals Ocean Minerals line

Then I started to experiment with the natural healing and moisturizing effects of aloe vera & MSM combination products. The Ocean Minerals line has two (2) main ingredients: organic aloe & MSM for its 4-step products. The cleanser adds in rosehip & teatree oil, while irish moss is common for the next three (3), with the addition of spirulina for its hydration mask, seakelp for the toner, and shea butter for its hydration creme.

I cleanse my face with the mild cleanser… before putting on make-up in the morning, and then again at night when removing make-up. This is done by wetting the face with water (better if it is a bit warm to open up the pores & remove embedded dirt), and lathering up one pumpful of the cleanser. It should be applied in an upward outward circular motion until the face is clean or make-up is completely removed. Pat face dry with a soft towel.

This is followed up by a weekly hydration mask. For days without use of the mask, I proceed immediately dabbing toner on a cotton ball in an upward outward circular stroke, then seal with the hydration mask as finale.

Remember that skin refreshes approximately every 30 days when the innermost dermis comes out. Using the cleanser, toner and hydration mask daily and the hydration mask weekly resulted to intense skin healing effects— no breakouts so far and my skin is fresher and younger-looking. The 30-day skin cell turnover seems to have hastened bringing out new skin faster. My friends say that my skin now appears to glow and healthy-looking, and that is without make-up! The cells seem to have plumped up to eliminate the fine lines and wrinkles.

Overall, I know that this facial regimen of cleanser-intense mask hydration (weekly)-toner-hydration creme, with its other ocean-derived natural beauty ingredients and micronutrients , is helping my skin recuperate from the harsh effects of the sun and wind, as well as keeps the hormonal imbalance effects at bay through skin cell healing, regeneration and proper hydration. I can actually feel my old skin being sloughed off gently to uncover fresher skin, with a fully-hydrated feel. Since I used products from the Azure Naturals Ocean Minerals line, I wake up to more vibrant and luminous younger-looking skin. Gone are the days of dull, dry, old-looking skin, and without the blemishes. Nevertheless, don’t forget to protect with sunscreen.

Raffleemail-logoPRODUCT GIVEAWAY:  First to email me at with the 4 Amazon page URLs of the facial beauty line wins a complete package from the sponsor. I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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