How to cool your vajayjay

This isn’t a sponsored post.
I’m just one of those women who have “happy periods” for the most part, when I’m not doubled over in cramps.
I love cute sanitary pads, and I’m a sucker for cute packaging.
At first I thought I was the only one who hoarded sanitary napkins when traveling abroad, even when I don’t have my period. It turns out my sister and my friend Kathy used to do that too.
Not sure where I found this pack of Whisper Pinkcess, but I think it must’ve been Rustan’s Supermarket.
I bought it because of the cute little package.


Finally used it last week and was really surprised, because at first I thought something must be wrong with me.
I had a cold vajajay. I thought it had something to do with my recent liposuction.
Later that afternoon I stared at the packaging. I can’t read Chinese, but I figured that green breeze-looking thing that says i-co at the bottom probably meant menthol or something.
Which would explain the cold sensation. I lovett!! Perfect for the tropical weather.
Now if they can invent a napkin that relieves menstrual cramps, that would be perfect.

CRAJES: A tear come true

“I want to paint you,” the artist, Popo San Pascual told me back in the early ’90s.
“Paint me with a tear in my eye,” I said.
“No, I want to paint you laughing,” Popo said, “I will call it Laughing Cecile.”
Popo moved to Tagaytay and we lost touch.

Something really tragic happened to me back in the ’90s, something I didn’t think I would survive.
During that time I found a small statue of the crying Virgin Mary, which touched me because I felt like she was crying with me. I had that special statue on my bedside until my baby dropped it on the floor and broke it.

Then sometime in November last year, I saw this invitation to an art gallery at The Fort.


Spanish painters Carla Rendon and Jessica Ruiz, collectively known as Crajes, was mounting a solo show in Manila.


I went there as fast as I could and marveled at the workmanship

Crajes exhibit at Pablo

These were huge

Crajes exhibit at Pablo

I couldn’t leave without buying anything, so I chose the one on the left.


Crajes’ paintings remind me so much of me, so I took a chance and emailed them to inquire about painting me, with a veil and a tear in my eye. I sent them a couple of pictures with me in Maison Michel hat and headband

Cecile van Straten
Cedric and I

I was thrilled when they emailed me back and wrote: “We want to know if you want a transparent tear or a blood one?”
A few months later, I was following its progress on @crajes Instagram account.


The tear is in place


Beginning of the veil


I love this


Amazing, painstaking detail with a fine brush


The finished product will be 100 x 115cm, and my dream is coming true.
To know more about Crajes, go to
Or follow them on Instagram @crajes and Twitter @crajesart

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