Best Christmas Gifts I Received

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My family claims that I’ve become one of those people who falls in the category of “person who has everything”—grabe namaaaaan! LOL! I guess because whenever they ask me what I want as gift, I always tell them that I already have everything I need. I mean, I looooove all kinds of presents and I’m always grateful for everything (and everyone) in my life but I’m pretty content with what I already have.

For as much as my family stresses about what to gift me, they always manage to give me the best. Last Christmas, they surprised me with a 3 day, 2 night stay in a hotel and a me-time care package! Tom gifted me the hotel stay while Aryanna took care of my staycation loot. I have to say, she nailed my me-time rituals and was on the ball with all the treats to make my staycation extra special.

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Sometimes I forget how much my family pays attention to my wants and needs. It’s overwhelming.

Lighting a scented candle – the moment I unpack, I light a scented candle. This immediately puts me in me-time mode.

Warning: Be very careful about lighting candles inside your suite. It’s easy to fall asleep and leave it burning so always set an alarm on your phone when to kill the flame.

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Typo Shine On Candle, Vanilla Pear scented. I adore the pineapple printed ceramic container and the sweet smell!

Bubble bath – After unpacking, I shower and then soak in the tub for relaxation. It only takes 10-15 minutes of warm bath to de-stress.

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Lush Stardust Bath Bomb – a twinkly dip in its starlit waters gives a bergamot-powered boost to the mind and body. I get giddy every time I throw a bath bomb in the tub, it’s like watching a piece of  Berocca dissolve in water, haha!

Putting on a face mask – Hotel suites can get cold and leave your skin dry. A refreshing mask for a radiant, moisturized and fresh skin is a must. I put mine on during or after a bubble bath.

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Beauty Formulas Collagen Essence Facial Mask from Personal Exchange. I chill the mask for a few minutes in the buddy ref before using. Warm bath and cool mask equals heaven!

Indulge in fashion magazines (and Pik • Nik Ketchup Fries) – We all could use some inspiration and fantasy.

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Because Vogue

Read a book – No tv watching and just reading books is precious.

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I read ‘Stuffocation’ by James Wallman. So insightful!

Eat chocolates – It’s like Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.” – you never know what you’re going to get so be in the moment and savor the sweetness!!!

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Royce Nama Chocolate Champagne (Pierre Mignon) is one of my faves! I also love Cadbury Fruit & Nuts but I ate it before I could take a photo.

Journaling – I enjoy being alone with my thoughts and jotting down my dreams and ideas. Writing in my diary is perfect for stress reduction.

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Love the print of this Marimekko diary!

Keep hydrated – Water is life but water puddles on tables are annoying. I always bring a coaster when on staycation. I know, I’m weird.

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Monogrammed cork coaster from Bleach

Watching Classic movies and tv series – I don’t particularly like turning on the tv when I’m on vacation but, I do enjoy watching movies and foreign tv series before going to bed.

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USB filled with some of my favorite films and tv series. Great idea, Aryanna!

Order room service – It’s the best thing ever.

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All to myself! Hashtag: Maricel Laksa, haha! Saraaaap!

I appreciate all material things (hello, I’m a shoppingera!!) but experiential gifts like me-time are the most heart-warming. Thank you to my family! You couldn’t have given me a better gift.

Time alone is about nurturing our spirit and celebrating ourselves. For a busy mom/wife/entrepreneur like me, me-time is truly the ultimate luxury. I’m ready for 2016!

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