My favorite things (Week 1): books, soaps and all things good for the soul

Thought I’d begin a new series for KamikazeeGirl by sharing more of the things that I love. 

Being a typical Taurean, I am the kind of person that can get very stubborn when it comes to the things that I like. I can get very picky when it comes to what I use, more so on the food I eat. Are you also the type that when you like something, you will use it over and over until you tire of it? That’s how I am. 

I have this idea to share with you, via a weekly installment, some of my favorite things and maybe even inspire you to share with me some of your too! Do drop me a note on the comments. 

Soaps with natural ingredients 

My current work is really stressful. There are days when my only means to escape stress is to have my “Me Time” usually spent in the company of my pens, sketch pads or books. That is if I am not blogging or doing any writing on the side. Or I take a bath – a long hard bath where I am not time consciousness hurrying for work–and I take my time enjoying the cold shower. 

I love bath soaps with natural ingredients — like fruits and flowers mixed into the soap bar itself. I love the fresh smell of fruits on a newly opened bar of soap. 

 I am currently using “Flake Away Scrub in a Bath” by Skin Naturelle. This soap smells like kiwi and strawberry and it smelled really good. The first time I opened it, I am almost tempted to lick the soap because of how good it smelled. I’ve been using this for a few days now and I love its effect on my skin. It’s like having a built in loofah or scrub in a soap due to the kiwi seeds which served as a natural scrub. This is perfect to use on dry areas since it scrubs old or dry skin away. Aside from the kiwi and strawberry, the soap also contains glutathione, papaya extract and moisturizers. The fresh smell also lasts the whole day.
I am looking forward to using my “Pretty Me All-In-One Soap” made of tomato extract and glutathione. While getting fair skin is the farthest from my mind, I love it’s moisturizing and anti-aging properties. Skin Naturelle Soaps retail for PHP 130 per bar. 
Heneral Luna: The History Behind the Movie 


I have so much respect and love for the movie, “Heneral Luna” because it made me realize that the local industry is capable of making decent movies. 

I hated the local movies. I find it-with the mindless comedies, slapstick humor, kabit tearjerker sand saccharine fares for the younger set-tasteless and a waste of the PHP230 usual cost of a movie ticket. But then, Heneral Luna came along. 

This movie showed that given an intelligently-done movie, Filipinos will flock to the cinemas and watch it over and over again. Young Pinoys will use social media to invite others to support the movie and refrain from downloading via torrent or buying pirated copies. Given a good movie, Pinoys can appreciate history. Heneral Luna showed that you don’t have to put big, studio names in order to sell a story. This movie showed that there is to the local film of industry than the mindless drivel usually available on screen. The movie has now earned more than PHP240M and still counting, something which was not possible before with local historical films. This early, Pinoys are already waiting for the second installment of the movie about the life of the boy general Gregorio del Pilar. 

I loved the book because it clarified a lot of the aspects of the film, and gave more insights on the life of the fiery General Luna. (Did you know that he is known for his generosity and that Rizal considered him a good friend?) I will gladly support any undertaking related to the film, if only to encourage more writers to publish historical books. For PHP120, it is worth the price and is a very good read. 

CBTL’s Break-O-Day 

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) is my husband and I’s happy place. We usually go to CBTL weekly for our usual bonding. This is where we hash things out when we argue and where we usually discuss our plans and dreams for the future. 

Aside from the coffee and tea, CBTL makes the best meals. My favorite is their breakfast menu simply because I love eating breakfast food no matter what time of the day. My current favorite is the Brek-O-Day, a platter composed of big focaccia bread slices, 2 sausages, herbed scrambled egg and a side of salad, served with jam and butter. I usually wash it down with a steaming mug of Genmaicha tea. 

These things usually help me get through an otherwise tough day… Or week. Sometimes, even a cup of hot tea, good food and good reads can restore balance in my otherwise cha price universe. 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Rej Relova says:

    I saw the Heneral Luna book during the MIBF but in the basket of someone else and I wasn’t able to find where it was so I wasn’t able to get myself a copy!

    PS. New reader here and I followed you 🙂

    1. lanilakwatsera says:

      Hi Rej! Thanks for the follow! Will also do the same to your blog 🙂 I got mine at the NB branch at Glorietta. Was also at MIBF and wasn’t able to find a copy 🙂

      1. Rej Relova says:

        I’ll try to check it out one of these days 🙂

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