Three years ago I traveled to Guatemala for service learning during my undergraduate studies. I’ve realized it was a disservice to not have posted these pictures on any of my social media. My next post will overview some of my favorite places to go to in Panama. My family is from Panama, and I know a few hidden gem spots / must-try foods. More travel posts coming soon, I’ll begin solo travels during the late Spring and summer once classes end. ❤
One of my favorite hygiene practices is using peppermint oil on my underarms followed by deodorant after showering. It works wonders for underarm odor and seems the lengthen the longevity of deodorant effectiveness. I’d recommend testing the oil to make sure you don’t have an adverse reaction before applying it or even diluting it with water. I typically use one to two drops on both underarms while they’re still semi-wet from the shower.
Secondly, African Shea Butter is a must have body care product to lighten pigmentation/pimple marks. I use it on my shoulders, chest, elbows, and knees at night and I’ve seen results. I’m super happy I made this decision because I used to struggle with body acne and worried if I’d ever get rid of the marks on my shoulder blades. But the shea butter does the trick. I also use this on my underarms after epilating. I recommend purchasing it from Amazon or your local beauty supply store.
For a few months, I pondered the idea of starting a fast food review series. I wanted to compare fast food from different countries to the United States. I used to go to McDonald’s often when I first got to Dublin. I noticed major differences. Here McDonald’s food tastes less salty, sugary, and fatty than American eateries. It’s a good thing health-wise but its just less fun and bland in reality. (Though in general, I dislike McDonald’s, Wendy’s all day every day <3)
This fast food review idea seemed smart, but NO! 🙅🏽♀️ I got a huge pimple on my forehead after trying KFC last week, so no more fast food for me lol. Still, I think it’d be cool to try out inexpensive food spots in Dublin and share my thoughts. I have one place in mind for my next meal out, Brothers Dosirak — a Korean food restaurant that’s incredibly cheap.
I think KFC tastes like Taco Bell in Dublin, but maybe I only have this opinion because I ordered a chicken burrito. Surprisingly, the burrito had a whole chicken breast in it; I struggled to finish it. It also had rice, salsa (a sad one), and beans folded into its soft flour tortilla shell. The flavor was sweet and a bit tangy. The fries tasted good, nicely cooked and simple. In truth, they were a little bit of a let down comparatively. KFC fries in the U.S. are flavorful, orange-tinted, black pepper coated wedges of perfection.
Still, KFC beats McDonald’s in terms of flavor in my book. Above all, I’d rather have a healthy hearty meal than fast food. ❤
Around three people have asked me what I cook for myself at home so I thought I’d blog about it lol.
I like making mostly vegetarian meals. Fair warning, I’m not the best cook, and I’m averse to cooking and handling raw meat in my shared apartment. However, I’m a proud foodie and I try my best to make things I find tasty. Also, I genuinely enjoy the taste of vegetables that are seasoned properly (except brussel sprouts).
Three dinners from this week are pictured above. I sautéed “Irish Greens” with loads of garlic (I love garlic), sesame oil, butter, Nando’s Peri-Peri seasoning medium, and added that to white rice, and additionally put two spoonfuls of hummus on my plate.
Another day I had microwavable chicken rice with ketchup, an avocado with salt, carrots, and strawberries with a little honey. I was craving both salty and sweet food that day.
A few moons ago, I heated up pre-made rice, lentil, and chickpea stuffed red bell peppers in the oven, and made a salad on the side with two fried eggs, cherry tomatoes, greens, and sesame dressing. That evening I really wanted to eat enough protein because the days before I had little of it.
My main staples I eat include: avocados, chickpeas (both whole and hummus), sometimes canned tuna salads and tuna quesadillas, rice, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.
I like making salads at home, eating rice dishes with store-bought kimchi, and heating up veggie soups. For breakfast, I typically have yogurt with fruit, or porridge with fruit. Once in a while I’ll have a bagel with cream cheese instead or a larger breakfast with Irish pancakes and eggs. I drink instant black coffee with sugar every morning. ❤
This morning I visited Howth for the first time with new friends. I recommend taking a trip there from Dublin because it’s a fast journey via DART (train) and supremely scenic. The water is a gorgeous blend of turquoise and dark blue. Together, we walked the Cliff Path Loop and then went to The Bloody Stream restaurant.
The Bloody Stream is very Irish — it has a fireplace, pub, and looks dark and cozy. Plus, it’s conveniently right next to the DART station. I ordered fish and chips to review.
The presentation looked as appetizing as it was convenient with the paper bag sheet to soak up the fish’s excess oil. I rate it 5/5. The fish itself was large and fresh, but the batter did not stick to the meat and tasted a bit too oily. I give the fish a 3 out of 5. The fries (chips) were perfect, crispy yet potatoey. I rate them 5 out of 5. Overall score: I added points given that they included iconic mushy peas to the meal, I rate this 14.50 euro meal 4.6 out of 5. I wish the fish had a bit more flavor and less oil. Still, I recommend this restaurant for a visit. It’s the type of place most envision when they think of an “Irish pub” — very classic. ❤
Update after using these products for a month:
The La Crème Beautè Venom face lotion helps smooth out the texture of my skin. So far, it has made my skin appear plumper. The lotion feels smooth and very luxuriating. I will repurchase in the future. But I do not think this is an end- all-be-all product, its best used with a comprehensive skincare routine. Given that it’s so rich, it’s essential that the skin is exfoliated and properly cleansed before application.
The Glow face treatment is hydrating, it’s an oil. The packaging states you can either leave it on for 30 minutes, use it to remove makeup, or keep it on as an intensive hydration treatment. I usually just use it under night cream because I dislike the idea of wearing oily products during the day. I think oil under the sun creates breakouts. I actually like the Venom Beauty Boost more than Glow. In the future, once I finish Glow, I may purchase the beauty boost instead. ❤
I rented my 2019 New Year’s dress from Poshare. I recommend this site because it was super easy to use. Renting formal or cocktail wear rather than buying those pieces is not only environmentally friendly but cheaper (in most cases) as well.
I ordered my dress online by picking out the date I wanted to receive the dress and return it.
The dress looked similar to the pictures online, maybe even better in person. I received my package when expected. When it was time to return it I just slipped the dress into the return bag already set with the proper labels and dropped it off at UPS. I was nervous about the return process but I had no issues, it took about 2 minutes at UPS. ❤