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Viewfinder: The Sunken Cemetery

Under Camiguin sky and right under that erected cross marker is a not-so-happy story. In fact, some people think of it as creepy.

Camiguin island in Mindanao, Philippines had experienced major volcanic eruptions in the years 1827, 1862, 1871 and in 1948. And It was during the 1871 eruption of Mt. Vulcan that the old capital of Camiguin along with many of its residents met their tragic end. The area including its old cemetery also sunk as a result of the eruption. The 1948 eruption reportedly sunk the area even deeper. And so the cross marker we now see, built in 1982 is a reminder of where the community cemetery was once located.


As I stood in the area surrounding the cross maker that hot day in December (you can sail to the marker from the seashore), I kept thinking how quiet, how serene the place was when story upon story had been buried beneath the waves of the sea.

Note: I took the above photo during our family trip in Camiguin. You can read more about our Camiguin trip hereThis is also my entry to Skywatch Friday. You can find some cool sky photos there 🙂

The Best Way to De-stress Your Tress

Living a balanced, stress-free life can be a challenge.

Striking a life balance is no easy task to do. It requires hard work and dedication which sometimes can be strenuous to achieve. Can you imagine how overtaxing it is to juggle between your career and providing for your loved ones?

Studies have shown that stress is commonly caused by interrelationships, such as having to deal with work issues and family-related complications. If left unresolved over time, it could lead to immune deficiency, which later on, might cause other parts of our body to show signs of disruption like hair loss.

Many of us could attest to that. It’s like always autumnal equinox whenever we experience chronic hair fall, most especially at the prime of stress. At its peak, our white blood cells attack no less than the follicles, thus causing alopecia. What’s more, anxiety could drive your mane into a prolonged resting phase, which is called telogen effluvium.

Stress experienced by the body or beyond our coping resources could trigger hair loss symptoms, which, if not addressed properly, could result to early baldness. Worried about this? Fret no more. You can beat it simply by relaxing, eating or flexing some muscles.

Never underestimate the power of sleep. If you feel that you are over your head in dealing with anxieties, choose to rest it off for a while and recharge.

Let’s get physical to de-stress. It helps release endorphins, or what is known as the happy hormones, that can be beneficial in relieving the tension.

How about rewarding yourself? Watch the timeless story of Tony and Maria and their fateful love affair as the electrifying classic WEST SIDE STORY musical premieres at The Theatre at Solaire on August 10. Read more on http://www.novuhair.com/2017/07/novuhair-natures-answer-to-hair-loss-supports-west-side-story-musical-at-the-theatre-solaire/

Eat more fruits and veggies. Having these as a staple in your diet will bolster your immunity from disease, which in turn, knock out stress. We can all benefit from the vitamins and minerals of the healthy food we consume.

It’s best to complement these simple regimens with a topical solution that’s safe to keep your crowning glory at its robust state. NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss, is made up of 19 natural ingredients that work in synergy to help remedy stress-related hair loss and promote healthy tress and scalp.

The challenge in preventing these mane problems is to keep your locks healthy with proper care and let it grow naturally sans subjecting your hair to temporary relief with the use of harmful chemicals. Go natural.

NOVUHAIR contains natural extracts, herbal oils and essences, such as lavender that is also known to relieve stress. It also has a scent that leaves a calming effect.

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Do You Need to Hire an Interior Designer?

Do you want to make-over your home but don’t know where to start? Do you have a minefield of ideas but little concept of how to evolve them? Ready to sell your house and need to stage it? If so, then you will probably benefit from the help of an interior designer.

However, hiring help isn’t always necessary and may turn out to be an expense you could’ve reserved for your home itself.

Here are six reasons for and against hiring an interior designer, in order to help you decide if it’s the best decision for your home and your needs.

How busy are you? A full-blown interior design project is highly time-consuming, something that if you’re short on, probably means you’ll benefit from professional help.

Do you and your family agree? If everyone with a say in the matter agrees on the style and colours to be used, it might not be necessary to hire outside help.

On the other hand, if you can’t agree on whether to install pine or oak doors or choose between wallpaper and paint, you might find that hiring a professional designer is the best solution. What’s more, if you’re not happy with the results, at least you can blame an outside party rather than each other!

Are you creatively minded? The truth is that most of us are either creatively or logically minded. If you’re the latter, while you might be able to estimate the volume of a new wardrobe, you probably won’t be able to create an accurate realisation of the design ideas you’re dreaming of.

You’ll have to let go of the control: as difficult as it may be, when you let an interior designer into your home, you will have to pass the control over to them.

Of course, any designer worth their weight will ask for your opinion and input at every step of the way. However, if they say that natural oak doors won’t complement your choice of wallpaper, you will have to trust their opinion.

If you’re a bit of a control freak and unable to let someone else take over, hiring a designer probably isn’t for you.

Do you want your home to be completely unique? If so, then you’re probably better off designing it yourself.

The truth is that when you hire outside help, you have no idea how often they’ve used the same style ideas and designs. And the chances are, they will have a certain ‘template’ they work with and thus, their efforts will rarely be entirely original.

They don’t care as much about the results as you do: The truth is that you care much more about the interior design of your home than your decorator ever will. It’s obviously in their best interests to carry out their work to the best of their abilities but at the end of the day, no-one knows your likes and dislikes better than you, and no-one will care more about getting your home ‘just right’ than you will.

Whether you are decorating or selling your house you need to think wisely about how you spend your budget.