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Mornings In: The Philippines

This is one of many Mornings In posts, in which we discover what ladies around the world are do/eat/use each morning. I’m always looking for contributors (particularly from non-Western countries) so if you’d like to help out, drop me a line!
Hometown: Quezon City, Philippines

Age: 33
Occupation: Former Newsreader turned Financial Advisor with Pru Life UK/French & German Instructor
My alarm is set for: 7:15 am
Most mornings I eat:

Most mornings, I eat bread and have coffee or hot chocolate for breakfast. If I have time to buy hot Emong’s pandesal across the street. Pan de sal, Spanish for “salted bread” is best eaten hot with butter and this particular brand of pandesal is made of moringa or malunggay powder mixed with flour and it’s supposed to be a healthier breakfast alternative since moringa is a superfood.
Most Pinoys would eat fried rice or sinangag for breakfast along with eggs or itlog and hotdogs or sometimes tapa or tapsilog (tapa + sinangag + itlog). There’s a store that sells and delivers tapsilog at any time of day and it’s a must-try for anyone.
Another breakfast staple is hot taho made of fresh, soft tofu, caramelized sugar or arnibal and sago or tapioca pearls. This provides an early morning sugar rush and gives an instant energy boost.
If the weather’s too cold or if it’s rainy outside and there are no classes or offices are closed due to typhoons, an ideal breakfast or afternoon snack would be champorado, which is made by boiling sticky rice and powdered chocolate and would then be mixed with condensed milk and added sugar for extra sweetness and then eaten some dried fish or tuyo.
My beauty routine consists of:
Bathing in the Philippines is not only cultural, but, a necessity since the heat would really make anyone sweat. Even if most homes would have showers installed, most Filipinos would prefer bathing with a dipper (tabo) and pail (timba). Personally, I boil water in a kettle on the stove and I mix this with the cold tap water in a pail or bucket. This method for bathing actually conserves water and the bathing time would take around 5-7 minutes depending on one’s hair length or if one is running late.
Most of the time I leave the house sans makeup and moisturizer since the natural heat and humidity won’t dry out my skin. However, I do bring an umbrella all the time to protect me from the sun’s rays and when there’s an occasional downpour.
For special occasions or during the times I had to go on camera, I would use makeup products from Ever Bilena, a local brand. If I just need to cover a daytime event, I just need a concealer, mascara and lipstick for color. For a studio set-up, I would need to apply, concealer, foundation in Oriental, which is closer to my skin tone, either in liquid or powder, eye shadow that comes in a palette set with 4 lipstick colors and 2 blushes (contour and color), eyeliner (optional), mascara, blush, and lipstick depending on my mood and the color of my outfit.
When I get home, I would use baby oil soaked cotton balls to take out the makeup then I would use either alcohol or facial cleanser to take out any remaining makeup residue. Ok, I know that alcohol seems harsh, but, it works for me and this prevents me from having skin breakouts.

Then, I head to work by:

On the days I need to head off to university to teach, I just need to walk around 5-10 mins. since it’s near our condo. When I need to go to the TV station, since it is, again, near our place, I need to walk and then I take a tricycle or a motorcycle with a sidecar that has a 5-passenger seat capacity and I get to the office in less than 20 mins. If I need to meet clients or submit their accomplished forms to Pru Life UK, it would take me around 30 mins. to an hour depending on the location. Normally I would ride a jeepney to the MRT, take another jeepney or walk.
Thanks so much for sharing, Feamor!Side note to readers, as you probably already know, more than half the population of The Philippines speak English! The food is great, the people are friendly, the diving and beaches are amazing and it’s very affordable. If you’re interested in traveling to Asia but a bit intimidated, it’s a great ‘starter’ country!P.S. A mini travel guide for The Philippines and my favorite Taiwanese breakfast food.

photos by Shubert Ciencia // Pauline Tome // wikipedia // Kris Awesome // Jeff Jacinto // cc

Mornings In Denmark

This is one of many Mornings In _______ posts in which gorgeous women from all over the world let us peek at their breakfast and beauty routines. Fun, right?
Hometown: Jyderup
Age: 25
Occupation: Student at a Folk High School which is a traditional Danish school based on the concept of learning solely for the joy of learning.
My alarm is set for:
8 am. Sometimes my roommate set her alarm for 7 am to go running and we both wake up and then go straight back to sleep.
Most mornings I eat:
Oatmeal porridge, it’s such a good winter food, sometimes I put apple sauce on top, I summer I mostly eat shredded oats with milk and diced apple. The cook at my school makes all the food I eat.
My beauty routine consists of:
Most days I only wear mascara, I use Power Volume Mascara from Nilens Jord. I use cold pressed coconut oil from Urtekram as an all round moisturizer. It smells like candy and makes my skin feel nice and soft even in winter, it’s also quite tasty!My hair is completely straight, silky and not that thick, I try to combat all of those qualities by using a salt water spray I get from a store called Matas. They carry products from many brands and also have their own range of things, many of which are perfume-free. Allergy prevention and awareness has become a big thing here in resent years.
Then, I head to work by:
I’m living at my school at the moment so I just put on my slippers and skip up two flights of stairs. I’ve been enjoying that tremendously, but at the same time I look forward to going back to Copenhagen and riding my bike everywhere. Biking is very popular in Copenhagen year round, even though it sometimes in winter resemble ice skating a bit much.
Thanks for sharing, Anne-Kristine! Any other Danish readers out there? What’s your breakfast and beauty routine? 

Mornings In: Brazil

This is one of many Mornings In _______ posts in which gorgeous women from all over the world let us peek at their breakfast and beauty routines. Fun, right?

This post is particularly special to me because I spent the summer after college teaching English in Rio Grande du Sol, the southern most state in Brazil. I have such fond memories of that Pao de Queijo!
Hometown: Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, but live in São Paulo, SP
Age: 29
Occupation: Travel and Digital Marketing Entrepreneur
My alarm is set for: 7:00 AM
Most mornings I eat: 
Once I get up, I stumble to my kitchen to make myself a “green juice,” to wake myself up. I’ll throw collard green cubes (i freeze my greens!), cucumber, ginger, mint leaves, and coconut water in a blender.
After I walk my dog and shower, I eat! I’ll have a small loaf of whole wheat pão francês (in most homes, it’s a loaf of White bread) from the corner bakery. This is the staple food for Brazilian breakfasts, and is accompanied by butter, ham and cheese, or in my case, requeijão, a sort of cream cheese. I’ll wash it down with coffee, and a banana or papaya. On days when I’m short on time, I’ll have an açaí juice and a granola bar.
My beauty routine consists of: 
Shower: It’s common to buy shampoos that are “salt free” in Brazil because it doesn’t dry your hair out as much. I like Granado Sálvia + Confrey (sage and comfrey) shampoo and conditioner. La Roche Posay gel on my face, and regular Dove bar soap.
Post Shower: I use Natura’s cotton scented body lotion, Tododia Algodão, and run a dollop of Flores e Vegetais leave in conditioner through my ends, and let my hair dry out naturally.
Face: La Roc Minesol Oil Control, SPF 70 every morning! I don’t wear much makeup, but when I do, my go tos are: Natura’s long lasting black eyeliner, Sephora mascara, Body shop powder, and pink contém 1g lip stick (with SPF!).
Then, I head to work by: 
My commute lasts about 2.6 seconds. One of the reasons I have such a complex and long morning routine is that I’m fortunate enough to work from home. That also means I need to have decent routine so I can produce and not Wake up and work from bed all day. I’ll work from my desk or hammock (!) in my room, or with the news on in the background in the living room or my balcony to keep things interesting.
Thanks so much for sharing, Poly! Any other Brazilian readers care to share their routine?

Web Time Wasters

How was your Thanksgiving, guys? I celebrated with my guy and his family and tried to impress all of them by bringing this. Friday I wandered around Redwing with my family eating roasted chestnuts and trying to pat reindeer.Also! I’m looking for interviewees for the ‘Mornings In….‘ series. I’m interested in interviewing natives (rather than expats) living in:
* Latvia
* Japan
* South Korea
* The Philippines
* Fiji
* Chile
* Denmark
* Egypt
* Uruguay
* Iraq

Email me at sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org if you’d like to be interviewed!

Some links for you!
I saw Amanda Palmer live a few weeks ago and she was wonderful. If you’re in the market for a good cry, this will get you started.
I’m reading this book and dog-earring like crazy. One of my favorite excerpts:
I took the one action I could think of, besides calling Bonnie and praying. I wrote Amy’s name down on a bit of paper and put it in my god box, an old Sunshine Biscuits tin that I use as a mail drop to God. “Here,” I said to Jesus, with enormous hostility, “have a go at it,” and closed the lid. 
Are you following Tweets of Old? It’s a twitter stream that gleans tiny, funny updates from real, old newspapers. Each tweet is capped off with the state abbreviation and the year it was originally published.
Two tramps with unkempt hair and rough faces were seen loitering around town Friday lunching off cheese and crackers. MO1893
If you’re looking to engender some good karma this holiday season, what if you helped buy presents for kids whose moms are incarcerated?My friend Hayley interviewed me about my makeup and hair routine!

My friend Justine (veterinarian extraordinaire) recommended this as a cat Christmas gift and I’m getting it for everyone on my list!Also, the cat lovers in your life need this t-shirt.

This house tour is adorable and obviously it’s in Scandinavia. Of course.I love these earrings!

And I really like this ‘double finger’ ring.

A reminder that anyone we admire – writer, performer, politician – is still an actual, fallible human being.
Here’s the truth: Nicki isn’t some goddess who gets it all right, nor is any other celebrity. Onika Maraj is a human like the rest of us— including Beyoncé. (Never forget her elevator fight, the baby bangs debut or that epic tumble down all those stage stairs.)
We have to relinquish the idea that just because someone is famous, they are better than the rest of us, or have some cosmic understanding of how to navigate the world more efficiently. It’s not true.

Presented without comment: It’s not your kids that are holding your career back. It’s your husband.

I spent years as an ESL teacher and nearly everyone in my family works in education. I loved this piece about teachers and ‘that’ kid.
Your child, this year, in this classroom, at this age, is not THAT child. Your child is not perfect, but she generally follows rules. He is able to share toys peaceably. She does not throw furniture. He raises his hand to speak. She works when it is time to work, and plays when it is time to play. He can be trusted to go straight to the bathroom and straight back again with no shenanigans. She thinks that the S-word is “stupid” and the C-word is “crap.” I know.

Joan Didion, why are you so good?

Did you have an awkward conversation over Thanksgiving about being self-employed? This will help you when that happens again at Christmas.

Hope you had a lovely long weekend, guys!

P.S. I’ve got space for a few more people in December’s Network of Nice! Send me 100 words about the hookup you need or can provide and I’ll tuck you into it – sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org.

Mornings In: England

This is one of many Mornings In ________ posts in which local ladies tell us about their morning beauty and breakfast routines. And then we all wonder if our mornings would be better if we, too, ate rice congee for breakfast.
Name: Catherine
Hometown: York, England
Age: 24
Occupation: Account Handler for Wholesale Tour Operator
My alarm is set for:
6:55! I normally hit snooze ’til at least 7:15, but either way it’s far too early for me!
Most mornings I eat:
On a weekday it’s normally just a bowl of cereal with milk, but it’s on the weekends that we like to get a bit more creative. I have a very sweet tooth and love making chocolate filled pancakes or French toast rolls-ups smothered in strawberry jams.Of course, there’s no escaping the traditional Full English breakfast either; the sausages, bacon, eggs, baked beans and toast are essential, but everyone knows it’s better with mushrooms, tomatoes and hash browns thrown on there too. There’s no better cure for a hangover than a Full English breakfast!


My beauty routine consists of:

I love the skincare products the have in The Body Shop; I personally can’t get enough of the Tea Tree range and use the cleanser, toner and moisturizer everyday. When it comes to make-up I seem to be using everything Maybelline at the moment and particularly love their Dream Matte Mousse Foundation.

Most of the beauty products in the UK are international brands, but it might surprise some people to know that quite a few of the companies originated in the UK, including The Body Shop, Boots, Lush, Rimmel and Soap & Glory.

Then, I head to work by:
Bus. It’s just a five minute walk to the bus stop and a fifteen minute journey into town, then the bus drops me off right outside the office door! It’s a simple journey most of the time; the only problem is when the bus doesn’t show up!
I know we have heaps of British readers – what’s your morning breakfast + beauty routine? P.S. My three item makeup bag (yes, really) and A clear skin ‘cocktail’ 

Mornings In Germany

This is one of many Mornings In ________ posts in which local ladies tell us about their morning beauty and breakfast routines. And then we all wonder if our mornings would be better if we, too, ate rice congee for breakfast.
Name: Twaambo
Hometown: Lusaka, Zambia but living in Bonn, Germany
Age: old enough to know that you have to use products that work for you!
Occupation: Radio show host, free lance writer and blogger
My alarm is set for: 7:45 am
Most mornings I eat: Muesli with a few slices of banana and yoghurt. It’s pretty filling and keeps me from eating too much at lunch time! Its healthy, tastes good, and I find it refreshing. Sometimes I get something from die bäckerei (the bakery). Bread isn’t just food here, it’s culture! I’ll get brötchen (rolls) that you typically eat with eggs, cheese, butter, or cold meats, however you like it!
My beauty routine consists of: I use Chamomile silky cleansing oil on my face three times a week, In the morning I ‘wash’ my face only with water and then moisturise with Bebe young care day/ night cream – it’s really soft and sinks into my skin pretty well. I also use the Vitamin C daily moisturiser. Vitamin C works wonders on my skin, cleared some acne scars, and smells divine. Sometimes I use any of the great cheap masks from Balea and I use Ducray Icytane moisturising mousse on my body, its amazing for dry skin.
Then, I head to work by: by tram, I get to the Hauptbahnhof (central station) and then I walk ten minutes to work. The walk is through a magnificent avenue of chestnut trees and Clemensruhe Palace is at the end of the alley. My commute is 30 minutes.
Thanks for sharing, Twaambo! Other German readers – what’s your morning routine?P.S. Questionable hairstyles and inside my makeup bag.