Thursday, December 11, 2014


(If you like spoilers and aren't the type of person who pulls his/her hair when you see details online, then be my guest and read up!)
by Ingrid Nieto

I don't usually write movie reviews. Often, I enjoy a post-viewing discussion with friends, sharing what we liked or didn't like about the movie and what we learned from the story. I decided to watch Exodus: Gods and Kings on a whim today, with no companion because I'm a happy single and I told God that it would be our movie date. As the trailers were shown, I prayed that I'd be able to enjoy the movie but be mindful of things that are not in line with God's Word.

Monday, December 1, 2014


Exodus 40:34 “Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”

After coming back down from Mt Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony, Moses gave the Israelites commands that the Lord had given him regarding the Sabbath and the construction of the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was like a mobile temple where the glory of the Lord would later settle, once the work has been completed. Through the Tabernacle, the Lord made His dwelling among the Israelites.

Friday, November 28, 2014

New stuff from Sample Room

I have a lot of catching up in my beauty section! :-) I received these goodies from Sample Room and was able to bring some for my trip to the Holy Land.

 Belo Advanced Anti-Aging Collagen Powder Drink

 I brought a bottle with me to the Holy Land! The weather was so cold, I needed to keep reapplying lotion!

Vitress Hair Polish and Cuticle Coat

Thursday, November 27, 2014

HOLY LAND 2014: The Great Pyramid of Giza + The Sphinx

Seeing the pyramids up close and personal made me squeal in delight. We only had 30 minutes to go around and take as many photos as we could.

 Excuse my poses ha! It's not every day that I go to the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Para maiba naman. Si Ate LJ and her "Hooray" pose.

Smaller pyramids or temples surrounded the bigger pyramids where the mother, wife and daughters of the king were buried. Boats were buried in the grounds surrounding the pyramid for they believed that these would be used by the Pharaoh in the afterlife as he crosses through the Nile River.

The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Cheops) has a massive base that can fit 5 cathedrals. 100,000 Egyptian workers laid the 2.3M blocks on top of each other during the hot summers. 15 years ago, the village for the workers were discovered and it revealed that the ancient Egyptians were the first to invent site management.

Not too far away was the Great Sphinx. 

Poor Sphinx has lost its nose. No one really knows the truth. Some say that Napoleon shot it off. There's another version that says it was destroyed by a Sufi Muslim. My theory is that it just broke off due to the weather conditions. :-) Some researchers also suggest that this Sphinx originally had a beard. Note on the beards: if you see that the beard is curled towards the end, the image was made after the Pharaoh died. If it's straight, the image was done during his lifetime.

Our group shot at the Great Pyramid!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

HOLY LAND 2014: Cairo, Egypt

We were on the go as soon as we landed in Egypt! After meeting our tour guide Moses (no joke, that's his real name), we went off to the Egyptian Museum which houses many artefacts from the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms. According to Moses, it would take us three days to go through all of the sections in the museum, so we just went through the highlights as we were pressed for time. 
Photography isn't allowed inside the museum. To make sure, we all had to deposit our cameras and smartphones. 

 Two pretty birds hanging out in the pond fronting the museum

From the museum, stopped by the Golden Papyrus Shop to learn how papyrus paper is made.

This is Moses our tour guide with one of the staff from Golden Papyrus

 After the papyrus strips are laid out and "woven" together...
 ...they go into this pressing machine to squeeze out excess water.
It is then laid out to dry. Papyrus paper is very sturdy and can withstand getting soaked in water even after it is dried out.

While there are street vendors that claim to sell papyrus paintings for $1-$5, be warned that these are not authentic. According to our tour group head, these are usually made with just banana leaves. I bought three paintings from the shop and even had one inscribed with the names of my family members in hieroglyphs.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Off to the Holy Land!

Need I say more? 
After checking in

This sick girl gets a window seat. Yay!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

CHLARA on The Afternoon Cruise

I was so excited to have Chlara on the show yesterday! I've been crushing on her song "You Complete Me" and it's been on repeat for 2 weeks now. :-)

A video posted by Ingrid Nieto (@ingrid947) on
A video posted by Ingrid Nieto (@ingrid947) on

Friday, October 17, 2014


You can't expect someone to be merciful if he himself has not received and experienced God's mercy, the undeserved pardon for sin. This came as an epiphany as I did my best to understand a person who always had something to say about everyone and everything. Day in and day out, the person always found something to whine about and I would be on the receiving end of the “Kraken.” The criticisms have no boundaries—it doesn't matter if you're older, well-respected, more educated—that person will still find something to throw at your face.

from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
When I was younger, I would often compare myself to others and criticize them too. I somehow had a false sense of “feeling good” when I would find something wrong about them. Later, I found out that my behavior was actually a defense mechanism—my meaningless criticisms were a cover-up to my insecurities. I just had to come to terms with the fact that I desired what they had. Instead of wallowing in envy and bitterness, the Lord taught me to be content, to appreciate what He's given and how He's made me. How liberating it was to begin living with a grateful heart—you don't only appreciate what you have, you learn to appreciate others too.

Dealing with a person who thinks he is a notch higher than everyone else can certainly challenge one's patience. I mean how do you keep a straight face when you converse with someone who thinks he is the expert in everything? That everyone else is doing the wrong thing and he is doing everything right?

Have you found yourself in conversations like this?
Me: Ang galing ni *Keith no? He's been in the industry for a long time and has really made a name for himself.
The Expert”: He's better off in music. His talking sucks.
Me: Pero ang tagal na niya. I think he's really good.
The Expert”: I'm still not impressed.

Just wow. Who died and made you king of everything?

There was also a time when someone asked for my help for a project. I went the extra mile and when I asked what he thought of the output, he made a mountain out of a molehill, zeroing in on unimportant aspects, which made me feel that helping him was not good enough. His obligatory “Thank you” which could have been supported by appreciation was easily trampled upon by his nitpicking. 

Since we've mentioned NITPICKING, I remember when I was confined in Makati Med for dengue, when a nitpicking visitor came in. 

NITPICKER: Ano ba naman tong kwarto mo, ang liit liit. Bakit ganito yung space?

She went on to pick on the littlest details that didn't really matter to me. To me, it was important that my room had ample space, it was private, I had a comfortable bed, there was an extra bed for whoever would be looking after me and I was near the nurses' station.

When Nitpicker left, I sent her a lengthy text message expressing that I didn't like her negative attitude. Did she intend to check up on how I was or did she really just go there to criticize a hospital room? She apologized after and told me that I wasn't the only person to give her feedback on her negativity.

When tempted to lash out and criticize, try pausing and asking yourself these questions:
-Did this person do anything bad to me?
-Why do I feel this way about the person? Is he/she directly affecting me?
-Have I had a personal encounter with the person that validates what I am about to say?
-What are my intentions for saying these things?

Reflecting on those questions can help you from falling into the same state as constant critics and trolls. Often, they say or post destructive things out of envy. They tear people down, throw stones their way because spitting vitriol on another gives them a false sense of security. It's like saying Ah, you're living a good life? Let me ruin that. Yes! I got my revenge!” I mean, why would you even think of “revenge” if the person hasn't done anything to you? If the person is just living his own life and you happen to just be a spectator? Isn't it much better to build people up than tear them down? :-)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Great Hair with Cream Silk Daily Treatment Conditioner

 I've always worn my hair long since I was a little girl. The only time I had it short was in college and it wasn't even intentional—the hair stylist cut off a huge chunk when I only asked for a trim. When I saw how much he cut off, I CRIED. I walked out of the salon and locked myself up in the car. Thankfully my mom was with me and I let her deal with the mishap. 

 Some may call it shallow but hey, I was a teenager then! I didn't really “feel” my short hair and it affected my self-esteem. I vowed to never have my hair cut that short ever again. When my hair grew down to my desired length after a few years, I felt like I was back to my old self. There was something so safe about the feel of my hair over my back and shoulders. 

Compared to a short cut, it takes a little more care to keep long hair smooth, silky and manageable. Split-ends, dryness, frizz and tangles should be out of the equation. Back then, smooth, beautiful hair can be attained with weekly hot oil treatments and expensive hair conditioners. Thanks to aesthetic research and advanced technology, we can easily get the benefits of a hot oil treatment in a tube of Cream Silk Daily Treatment Conditioner. 
From L-R: Cream Silk Dry Rescue, Cream Silk Hair Fall Defense, Cream Silk Damage Control, Cream Silk Standout Straight

I don't always wake up with perfect hair. Problem with mine is that it gets limp and lifeless. Sometimes, it even gets sticky and clumped together when I use the wrong kind of conditioner. With Cream Silk though, I've never had that experience. Whenever I use Cream Silk (the blue, Damage Control variant is my favorite), I can wear my hair straight without the strands feeling weighed down. When my hair is curled, the curls flow freely because each strand is nourished and hydrated.

Elsa gives me a hand
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