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I have this weakness of trying new face cleansers. I think this year alone, I have tried like 2 or 3 brands. But too bad, the last one I used made my skin really dry and since then, I’ve been using my daughter’s baby soap to clean my face. It was okay at first but after a few weeks, my skin got oilier and I started to get pimples! Since I don’t use too much make up (only moisturizer, sunblock and powder), I never bothered to use make-up remover, but I guess baby soap doesn’t really clean thoroughly. 

I was contemplating to try another fave cleanser when I came across Cetaphil. I got interested in their soap and fragrance free properties. Since my skin wasn’t in the ideal condition, I figure that this type of gentle cleanser is suitable for my condition. 

The moisturizing effect was visible after the first use. Usually my face would feel so dry and tight after using face cleanser but after using Cetaphil Skin Cleanser, my skin felt moist, soft and supple. I deliberately didn’t use my night cream that night and when I woke up in the morning, I didn’t feel any dryness on my face at all. 
This is my 10th day of using it, the dry spots on my nose had subsided and my pimples are gone. I guess this one is a keeper. 

Have you tried Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser or their other products? You can check it out here on their website. Do share your Cetaphil Experience! 

Last week, the guy asked why I don’t write anymore these days. For someone who never actually read anything I have written (years ago), he’s pretty observant. I just told him that words don’t come easily to me anymore right now. They even feel foreign.

Being somewhat annoyed at his question, I told myself to start writing a little something every day. Just one or two lines. No matter how corny they would be. Again, he didn’t know about this.

Yesterday was the 5th day. I was tired. I was out of words. I was uninspired. I decided to give up writing. Just like that.

This morning, he suddenly told me to turn on my laptop and start to write something. It shouldn’t be that hard. It’s only hard because you think it’s hard.. (and another 10 minutes of recycled pep talk.)

So, I started to write this. Is it a beginning or an end? I don’t know yet.

Space Oddity was my first Bowie song. I discovered the lyric when I was browsing the net randomly back when I was in college (about 10 years ago). I didn’t even hear the song but the words captured me instantly. The goosebumps that I had when I finally listened it for the first time is still fresh in my memory.
This song means a lot to me because when I first heard it, I was recovering from a betrayal. I was bitter about everything and I was terribly scared about what life had to offer me. And suddenly this 35 year old song came to me out of nowhere.
Ain’t life always gonna be like that? About having the courage to embrace the unknown? Who would have thought that a Bowie’s song would find me? I didn’t even know who David Bowie was before that night.
I’m still terribly sad. I couldn’t listen to his songs yesterday because I knew they would drive me to tears. So, I listened to it this morning on my way to work. I cried and mourned for him but oddly, the songs also made me smile. They made me remember how I used to sing “Oh You Pretty Things” to Kei when she was a tiny baby. They made me remember how I usually howl “Life on Mars” during shower in a very theatrical way. They made me remember how Kei used to ask for the song with an uncle’s blue floating head album cover (Space Oddity). You know, stuff like that.
And all those feelings. The warm tears on my cheek. The saltiness I tasted on my tongue because I was singing, laughing and crying at the same time.. they made me grateful. They made me feel so lucky that I was alive in the time where David Bowie existed.
I must have done something extremely good in my previous life.
See you around, Starman. Thank you.
(illustration by @PlinaGanucheau)