Revisited: Katsuo-ji temple

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Once again, we visit this temple of course with different people, I mean visitor. The temple was done renovating. This is the new place they built.

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Look at my little princess staring those Daruma Dolls. Those dolls are scattered in this temple.

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The Daruma doll (達磨daruma), also known as a Dharma doll, is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist. Though considered an omocha, meaning toy, by some, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement. The doll has also been commercialized by many Buddhist temples to use alongside goal setting.

When purchased, the eyes are white so a person can decide on a goal or wish and paint one eye in. Once the goal is achieved, the second eye is filled in.

History and commercialization

The current popular symbolism associated with Daruma as a good luck charm in part originated with the Daruma-dera (Temple of Daruma) in the city of Takasaki (Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo). Josef Kyburz, author of “Omocha”: Things to Play (Or Not to Play) with, explained that the founder of Daruma-Dera would draw New Year’s charms depicting Bodhidharma. The parishioners would keep these charms to “bring happiness and prosperity and ward off accidents and misfortune”.

It is believed that the Daruma figurine then originated from this region when the ninth priest, Togaku, found a solution to handle the constant requests of the parishioners for new charms. The charms were always given with an effectiveness of one year, so the people required new ones every year. He solved this by entrusting them with the making of their own Daruma charms near the beginning of the Meiwa period (1764–72). The temple made wooden block molds for the people to use. The peasants then used these molds to make three-dimensional papier-mâché charms.

Kyburz notes that though it is unknown when the Daruma figurine combined with the tumbler doll; the two were well recognized as synonymous by the mid-19th century. The doll quickly grew in popularity, becoming a mascot of the region. This was due greatly in part to fact that the majority of the families were silk farmers, a crop which requires a great deal of luck for success.

There is an annual Daruma Doll Festival (達磨市daruma-ichi) held by the city of Takasaki in celebration of being the proclaimed birthplace of the Daruma doll. The celebration is held at the Shorinzan, the name of Takasaki’s “Daruma-Dera”. According to the Takasaki city website, “Over 400,000 people from all over the Kanto Plain come to buy new good-luck dolls for the year. Takasaki produces 80% of Japan’s Daruma dolls.” The festival also features a 24-hour reading of sutras by the Shorinzan monks for world peace.

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This is nice, had been for a while they closed this section. Now it’s open. Totally nice.

Of course, I have video which i uploaded in my channel.

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My Little Princess Birthday

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Oh my, time flies so fast, this coming April she will go to the school I will miss my little rascal in the house. But, I’m still worried she might cry and scream. And of course looking for me. Well, I hope she will be enjoying the school here. I got still one problem she’s still wearing diapers, they told us she needed to practice going to the toilet or asking permission to pee or poo. Anyway, I need to work big time for her to train.

Anyway, we have to talk about her birthday. On his birthday, we still have this superstitious belief that: “on your birthday never travel, because accident will occur” oh that’s my great great grandmother told us when we are so little. And my mom, always reminds us. In the Philippines, our grandmother has a lot of superstitious belief, but no hurt feeling if you don’t believe, but following it is not that difficult for us even though we are outside our country. We still believe in “Feng Shui” wherever we go even the house. Like don’t buy or rent a house that your house is dead end meaning the family will never be happy and sometimes dead to the family/relatives, etc. And there are also, don’t put stairs align in the door or door facing door alignment they said your wealth will go out. We also have this Filipino movie “Feng Shui 2004” & “Feng Shui 2014” is a horror movie. Alright, let stop here, today is my little princess birthday. The whole day we go out and eat in buffet.

She enjoyed the dessert after we eat, have time to play in the amusement area.

But, she blow the candle after our trip in Wakayama.

Here’s the video:

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Yoga Routine

When I was working I usually do my exercise after my work. Sometimes I used the gym in our office, do yoga and jogging beside the lake. Our office promoting the work balance life that’s why sometimes after lunch break or your stress at work you have time for yourself to play (ping-pong, chess, game console, etc.) and you can join Yoga as well but this session only had 2 session Tuesday and Thursday only. If I don’t do those things, I running or jogging beside the Lake. Lovely Lake… (see below picture)

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Cyberjaya, Lakeview (Malaysia)

When we decided to live in Japan, at the first year staying here I still do running & jogging near by but when I get pregnant I stopped. After I give birth, I marked myself I need to do body activities because I get to easily tired back then, when I started to do Yoga again it give me energies everyday. Let see what is the benefits of doing Yoga.

“The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome,” explains Dr. Nevins. “Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”

  Other physical benefits of yoga include:
  • Increased flexibility

  • Increased muscle strength and tone

  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality

  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism

  • Weight reduction

  • Cardio and circulatory health

  • Improved athletic performance

  • Protection from injury

Mental Benefits

Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. “Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate,” says Dr. Nevins. “Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.”

Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. “Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration,” says Dr. Nevins. Body- and self-awareness are particularly beneficial, she adds, “because they can help with early detection of physical problems and allow for early preventive action.”

Now, Still continue my yoga every morning before everything. But, first i will share you the yoga youtuber that I usually use for my routine (vinyasa and astanga yoga).

  • Yoga with Adriane – All levels, Create space, Tone and Trim, Cultivate self love.
  • Fightmaster Yoga – Help you quiet your mind and get comfortable in your own
  • Boho Beautiful – She travel a lot, yoga for all levels, Meditations.

Hoping you can also start doing some yoga, some hollywood celebrities also have time to do Yoga.

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  1. Miranda Kerr

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2. Miley Cyrus

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3. Eva Longoria

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4. Candice Swanepoel (Victoria’s Secret Model)

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5. Lea Michele (Stars in Glee and Scream Queen TV Series)

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6. Nina Dobrev (Star in Vampire Diaires)

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7. Britney Spears

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8. Kaley Cuoco (Star in The Big Bang Theory TV Series which I Love)

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9. Lady Gaga

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10. Alessandra Ambrosio (Victoria’s Secret Model)

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11. Jessica Alba

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12. Gisele Bundchen (Brizilian Model)

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13. Beyonce

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14. Naomi Campbell

 

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Day to Day with Essential Oils

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This is my daily routine incorporated with the Essential Oils.

5:45am Wake up and before everything, put essential oils in our diffuser. Combination below:

HAPPY MORNING: 1 drop of Peppermint, Orange and Lime

IMMUNE BOOSTER: 2 drops Lemon, 1 drop Lime, 2 drops Peppermint, 1 drop Rosemary, 2 drop Eucalytus and 1 drop clove or 5 drops OnGuard, 2 drops Lemon and 1 drop of Melaleuca

WAKE UP/PICK-UP BLEND: 3 drops Peppermint, 3 drops Orange

ENERGY BLEND: 2 drops Grapefruit, 3 drops Peppermint, 3 drops Rosemary or 3 drops Orange, 3 drops Peppermint

UPLIFTING, BRIGHT and FRESH: 3 drops Breath, 2 drops Orange, 3 drops Lime

BRAIN POWER: 2 drops Rosemary, 2 drops Cypress, 2 drops juniper berry

then, before I begin my YOGA, I put Deep Blue for my leg area. (45mins)

6:45am I just need to wake up my school boy (my son) get ready for school. He need to take a bath (2 drop of Peppermint EO on the floor) and then, cook breakfast for them. I always put a drop of OnGuard to their drink of my Son and Husband.

8am before they go out in the house they (husband and son) using mask to prevent for the virus. I put 1 drop of Easy Air (Japanese ver.)on their mask or OnGuard for prevention. Especially now, the season is changing from Winter to Spring. Spring is the most allergies season. Allergies to pollen (flowers) and hot & chilly weather. My husband, he’s taking OnGuard Softgel for his Immune system.

7:15am I need to clean the house. I made some of my DIY Cleaning with EO in the House. First, spray DIY Lysol (check below) to kill bacteria. Start to Vacuum and Clean the countertops and tables. Wash the Dishes and Clean the Kitchen. I want to finish my house chores before 10am.

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10am Start to relax (change my diffuser combination) check Emails and Social media. Either I will start to do some crafty thingy or sewing some re-fashion or scrap cloth.

11:30am I will start to cook for Lunch. Usually, I also put some EO in our food. Below are the some recipe I tested. (I’m not good in cooking my husband was, next time I better document it when he does the cooking)

2pm We (together with my daughter) take a nap and also change our diffuser for relaxing/calming.

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4pm (around) My son will be home soon. So, usually I will make him juice and eat lunch again (Japanese school they have served food at lunch) Well, he wants to eat again with his juice. Take note: Full course meal. I put 1 drop of OnGuard on his drinks and then, I will diffuse oil in his room to focus & motivation and do his assignment. Well, me, I have to prepare for snacks.

6pm Time for watching TV with the kids (Popcorn). And I will cook food for dinner.

7pm My son will take a bath again put a drop of EO in the floor when the water steam off the oil.

8pm Eat Dinner (here’s some of the food recipes)

9pm I will take a warm bath soak (Orange & Peppermint Salt Bath), but first I have to remove make-ups and do my body scrubs. After that, put on Lavender Lotion.

10~ on wards watch tv and diffuse for relaxing blend and sleep.

Oh, that’s so long to type on… anyway, that’s my everyday or let say day to day essential oils. Below as well, my husband usually the first to have this sinus and will make this one for him.

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Just put some drop in a hot water and let the steam inhale. DIY or Recipe above is tested by yours truly. But, of course, depends on your sensitivity of your skin and immune system.

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Here’s how I clean my make-up brush and sponge (Flat).

Materials: Castile Soap, Paper towel, small bowl, soft bristle toothbrush and silicon pot holder.

For the Brushed: First, put the amount of Castile soap and tea tree oil in the small bowl. Then, deep the brushes (don’t soak it) and swirl the brush in the silicon pot holder, just repeat until no more residues of make-up in the brush.

For the sponge, I usually soak it with the equal amount of Castile soap and water, then a few drops of Tea tea oil. Then, squeeze the sponge and rinse with warm water. Flat sponge, brush carefully the residue of the make ups, then rinse with warm water. That’s it!.

 

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DIY Remedies with EO

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It’s been 2 weeks didn’t post a blog. Well, my kids and husband are sick so, busy mommy here. Of course the most difficulty was for the small kid (my daughter) co’z she can’t explain or talk straight yet what she feels. Kids not totally sick, but my husband was. I think before the kids get sick, I need to prevent on getting it on. So, mommy need to save the day… I made some DIY Remedies at home using also Essential Oils.

Essential Oils has a lot of benefits, lets go for 101 Essential Oils (Btw, I’m using Doterra EO trust and tested)

What Are Essential Oils?

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils provide plants with protection against environmental threats and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.

How Do I Use Essential Oils?

Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:

Aromatic

Certain essential oils, when diffused, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Diffusing essential oils can also cleanse and purify the air of unwanted odors.

Topical

Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically.

Internal

Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements for targeted wellness.

Essential oils are both exciting and promising when it comes to taking care of your own and your family’s health. Whether you’re applying essential oils topically, enjoying the aromatic benefits through diffusing, or taking essential oils internally, the positive effects of essential oils are boundless.

That’s why you’ll want to ensure that the essential oils you are using are capable of delivering on their promise. You’ll want to make sure that you are choosing essential oils for their potency and their purity.

We’ve been using EO since we were still in the Philippines but we use it in a wrong way 😦 like putting them in burning candle and also heating it up is not good for the EO it says it will be lessen the benefits of the oils.

Too little heat or pressure and the oil will not release; too much, and the oil’s composition and potency will be affected.

You make click this link on how to use the Essential Oils for the more information. And why I choose DOTERRA Products than other Essential Oil company. Click here  for the answer.

Doterra essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy.

So, I need to do something to kill the virus in our house. In the morning, I make sure to on the diffuser before the kids and my husband wake up. So, that they can already smell it. I diffuse the following in the morning, afternoon and night.

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And, just last week i made some cases for my EO use for traveling. Materials I used: Scrap cloth and 100 yen shop zipper and key chain.

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Below are the Links from Pinterest I used for my Bath Salt, Body & Face Scrub and Face Mask.

Other recipe you might be interesting to get it in Pinterest site. I’ll post another entry for my day to day basic of the Essential Oils.

 

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2017 Bullet Journal

I started my bullet journal last year to be exact April 2016… I realized it really help me a lot to be better me. I mean organized and not forgetting some little to do things in the house and also for my kids as well. Good reminders also… Here’s my first bullet layout I made.

Now, I have changed my Notebook and also the layout. I wanted my journal to be weekly layout so, that’s easy to manage. Last time I separated my trackers and cleaning schedule but hard to manage. At least, in a glance you will see all the information on my bullet journal.

my first page was the calendar (in Japanese) then next was birthdays (usually families and close friends) and also special occasion

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This is my favorite… I doodle all i want to do, to go and to have…

films/movies, TV series, When did i Last… and Weight Loss (Diet)

As you can see, I also put some sticky mark on the side easy to navigate as well and also added Monthly Journal Prompts. (all links below) Once again thanks for the uploader in Pinterest site it really helps me to set up my bullet journal.

I hope this will help you to start your bullet journal for this year!

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Essential Oils for Cooking

This is my first time to attend cooking lesson for essential oils. My halfy Friend (Half Brazilian-japanese) invited me to attend cooking lesson with Essential Oils.

I had a great time and seeing familiar faces. Actually, the place we had is our formerly area we used to live in just nearby. So, moms from the Nursery also join us. Great to seeing them and my Japanese really practice well.

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Above the recipe we use with Essential oils. We also cooked Chicken Pie soup and Chicken Pie. I also search some recipe for you to try as well using essential oils.

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