Tuesday, September 23, 2014

20 Facts About Me

My friend Nikki tagged me this chain post on Facebook but since my feeds are already flooded with chain posts like this, I just decided to put it on my blog. Besides, I think no one would actually care to read it so I'd just dump it here. Haha.

Without further ado, here's my list:

  1. I am a really, really talkative person and I can be annoying sometimes. I am aware of that.
  2. Reading and writing are my life.
  3. I don’t like going to clubs because I can’t stand the environment of cigarette smoking, drunk people vomiting, people making out in public and anything in between. Eew. Just eew.
  4. I am not fond of putting make-ups. I am not that comfortable and I feel really conscious whenever I wear ‘em.
  5. Sometimes I think I’m being so impassive. I’m really outspoken with regard to my opinion and ideas but I’m really afraid to show my feelings. The fear always holds me back, maybe because I’m afraid of rejection and total isolation.
  6. I admit that I have a bit of trust issues but I still get attached to people easily. People who are really close to me know why.
  7. I’m a POTTERHEAD.  After all this time? Always. Can’t find the perfect words to explain this. And number 7 for this "fact" because Harry Potter has seven books. ;)
  8. My ultimate celebrity girl crush is Emma Watson. Need I say more?
  9. It’s not that obvious but I have scoliosis. We found it out when I was in Grade 6. It sucks whenever back pains attack me because the feeling is really torturous.
  10. I have small feet (size 4) and small hands.
  11. My playlist has a majority of Taylor Swift and Paramore tracks, but I do listen to various genres of music. I am a great fan of classic instrumentals and jazz, too!
  12. I love watching and playing basketball. I don’t stand out in this sport but I really love dribbling and shooting and that entire ball-catching and court trash-talking thing. Haha.
  13. I have no “airplane experience” yet, hopefully sooner.
  14. I am a very appreciative person. I am not hard to please. I’m just not sure if I’m being able to show it.
  15. I have always loved dancing. I attend zumba classes because I really can’t give dancing up. The health and fitness benefits are just my secondary reasons.
  16. My favorite number is 16, simply because I was born on the 16th of the month.
  17. I am a crybaby. Until now. My tears fall easily. I cry when I'm happy, I cry when I'm mad. Blame my eyes.
  18. I have a thing for proposals and weddings. Sometimes I really want to be a proposal/wedding planner/coordinator but I think being one is actually more serious than how I think it is.
  19. I still believe that marriage [and sex] are sacred.
  20. My favorite color is blue. Give me anything blue and I might say “I love you” right away. Haha! I love violet, pink and orange sometimes though.
  21. I am infinite and I don’t let the rules define me. To define is to limit, you know. I don’t think I am limited. ;)

There you go! And yes, I provided 21 instead of 20. ;) I won’t be tagging people because I don’t think anyone would actually take time to read this. Would just share it anyway. Haha!

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Walk

Heyaaaa! I haven’t updated this blog for some time but I’ve been quite active in Random-MissC and Of Clueless Letters. For some reasons, I haven’t thought of anything that’s blog-worthy.

Recent events have happened though, and I guess they’re good enough to share (but pardon me if I would just be too brief in telling the stories).

Last August 30, 2014, I joined the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas Oplan Broadcasteering: Save Our Planet 2014. It was a long drive all the way to Antipolo but the breath-taking views eased my tiredness right away. It was my first time to join such event and I was glad to be among those volunteers who did a little something for Mother Earth. I am really looking forward to more missions like that. I have always wanted to be engaged with social activities; so far I have already been a volunteer for outreach programs and blood-letting events. However, I didn’t donate blood before because I used to be underweight so I just assisted in the registration and food distribution; hopefully I’d be able to donate blood soon.

I also had the chance to meet the Greatest International Bowler of All Time, Mr. Paeng Nepomuceno. He was our special guest during the opening of the 2014 ECJ Invitational Ten-pin Bowling Tournament at the AMF Superbowl, Makati Square. I was tasked to host the program so I really had the chance to be with him side by side and face to face!

And just this Wednesday, I was able to taste a popular beverage in the world of witchcraft and wizardry. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you know definitely what I’m talking about. Yes, yes and yes! Butterbeer! A new friend invited me to check it out at Early Bird Breakfast Club in Bonifacio Global City.

Blimey! The excitement of drinking it rose to its extreme the moment our glasses were already served. The taste? Geez, I thank the heavens for such creation! ;)

I also had Bacon and Egg Nest and man, I must say that my visit there was worth it. The nest was filled with bacon, egg, cheese and veggies that really gave complementing flavors.

The ambiance at Early Bird was also fine and cozy. I would give 4 out of 5 stars for the service they’ve given us. It was really a #selfie-worthy place. ;)

We also visited Fully-Booked (BGC) and I just fell in love with the whole place for having lots of books. Applause for the amazing book and wall arts!

And lately I’ve been so LSSed with Mayer Hawthorne’s The Walk. I even stopped when I heard it while strolling around the mall.

So long you did me wrong. Kbye.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Glad It Was Over

This isn’t a rant, because if it’s a rant I know you wouldn’t take time to read it. Here’s something for us to reflect on:

As the cliché goes, some people just come and go. Some are meant to be in our lives to give us memories, then leave to teach us lessons afterwards. Either way, they’ve been a part of our happiness and pain, love and hurt, sunny days and rainy nights. These are things that are indeed inevitable, and it’s something we really can’t control.

It has never been easy to have our walls down and let someone in, with all the uncertainty if things will be worth it later on. It’s a big risk because it’s our hearts at stake, and it’s our emotions on bet. Questions will start to pop out: Do we look good together? Are things going to work out? Will this last? Yet, we push through with it. Why? Because we feel happy, we feel belonged, and most of all, we feel loved. Then we start to make memories with these people. We try several “first time’s” with them and tell them our past as if we’re sure enough that we’re going to be with them in the future. We just feel comfortable and thrilled and overjoyed. Elated. Ecstatic. Euphoric.

But you see, some good things really don’t just last. Words are spoken and hearts are broken, and the once oh-so-perfect scene becomes a tragedy we would not want to remember. We hear those love songs that make us cry, and we torture ourselves because we got hurt by an excruciating “goodbye”. We begin to build the walls around us again and guard our hearts so that the next time somebody knocks on our door, we would be extra careful before opening the chances again.

Unfortunately, we never really learn. Walls are burned and hearts are unlocked once more, realizing that we have trusted the wrong person (maybe for the nth time in history) in the end. And yes, the cycle just goes on…

Then we come to a point wherein we’re already fed up. Upon realizing our worth, we begin to love ourselves more; we gain a deeper appreciation of our being and lose grip of those who never got to hold us tight. We let go and move on – the real kind, okay? We make those genuine smiles again, and finally feel that we really don’t give a damn to those a**holes who just used us and took us for granted before. We take pictures of ourselves, compare them to the old photos, and see how everything about us has changed for the better – and we are now ready to explore a new world because we now know ourselves more – we now adore every imperfection that defines that beauty in us.

That’s the time we get what the good in goodbye really means.

I will end this post with a song that really suits the source of what I’m pointing out now. Yeah, let’s just be glad that it’s really over. ;)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Sweet Disposition

Last Saturday, the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen & Professionals (or BCBP, where my parents are memebers) Imus Chapter had a Family Day at Grand Parkplace Clubhouse (Imus, Cavite). The BCBP families gather at least once a year to bond with the other members. Usually, we do this on summer like what we had in Punta Fuego two years ago (blog post here).

I wasn't in the mood for swimming that time so I didn't bring my swimmies with me. Instead, I just played table tennis and basketball and of course, had a shoot of my #ootd. :)

We all want to feel comfy under the heat of the sun. One answer? Spaghetti straps! I wanted to wear something light so I chose my pink layered top and DIY ombre shorts with minimal accessories.

It's indeed another laid-back dress-up day so I just used my slightly elevated flip-flops. I am fond of using elevated footwears because of my height. Haha!

Sunnies are among the must-haves now because of the heat of the sun. We all need to protect our eyes. I always see to it that I have my sunnies with me everyday because sun rays really do torture our sense of sight and it's our duty to protect it.

BTW, my slippers have been with me for almost three years now. It was really worth the price because aside from the fact that you can use it for styling purposes, it's really durable. :)

Layered Top, Bracelet| Thrift Shop
Shorts| Thrift Shop, ombre-ed by my friend Gem Arais
Slippers| Havaianas [High]

By the way, I colored my hair with ash blonde on black base (courtesy of Hortaleza Hair Color). What do you think? :)

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.

And hey, it's already June! Time flies so fast! ;)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Going Denim

Denims never really run out of style. Ever since the word fashion has entered the world, denims never went out of the blue. From vests to pants, denims can really be styled in a lot of ways. What's so good about denims is that it's already an on-the-go outfit that could be matched with anything - from laid-back dressing to statement attires.

My officemates and I decided to take a mini photo shoot during lunch time. Since I'm in an all-denim-attire today, I decided to share my #ootd because I really feel active and driven with what I'm wearing. :)

Since it's so hot outside and I am a commuter today (most of the time my Dad drops me at my office before he goes to work), I  wore a sleeveless and a denim-looking type of blazer so I would be at ease even though I'd be racing with other commuters on the road. ;)

The sleeveless has very thin black and white stripe details. The blazer is not really a denim, but its color and texture does match like those of denim jackets, only with a lighter fabric, which is just perfect for the hot temperature outside and coldness in the office.

I tied my hair up portraying a smart sporty look (and because it's oh so hot). I also used a thick ragged belt to accentuate my skinny jeans.

And since my ever favorite shoes could give a blow for this look, I used my Keds wedges again. :) The price I paid for this pair is really worth it. ;)

 Thanks to my officemates Adrian and Cay for taking turns in these shots.

Sleeveless| Surplus Shop
Blazer| Thrift Shop
Belt| Bench
Pants| Crissa
Wedges| Keds
Wristwatch| Guess

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sk8r Girl

Aside from our whereabouts, our mood is definitely one of the factors that define the outfit that we're going to wear for the day. Sometimes we feel edgy or classic, but there are moments when we feel like looking feminine (or masculine) and polished too.

I have to stick with the smart casual attire that we're required to wear in the office, but I really felt like having a preppy look yesterday (as inspired by Taylor Swift here). Pullovers and skater skirts are among the easiest clothes to pair up. It's effortless to mix and match pullovers and skater skirts because they could really go a long way. You could wear them on a party with your high heels on but you could also wear them for a walk on the mall using your flats. Definitely a must-have.

Sorry for the low-quality photos.
Just used my phone's cam, used the same to edit 'em. ;)

Since it's a stripe black-and-brown match, I decided to use my black skater skirt. Black is really a color that could give an edgy aura to any outfit.

My Keds wedges are indeed my favorite shoes now. It's really a chic item and it could go from vintage to sporty to edgy to girly. Who wouldn't want to have a pair of shoes that could really make a statement? :)

I also tied my hair down so it would match the girly-ness of my #ootd. I'm really fond of having my hair this way too. :)

I didn't put accessories anymore because I don't want to look overdressed in the office. Besides, it looks classically vintage this way. Less is more, isn't it?

Pullover| MySassyDoll
Skater Skirt| Thrift Shop
Wedges| Keds

Thanks to my officemate Bryan for taking my photos. :)

I really love mixing and matching clothes. It feels good that one outfit could bring an entirely different look when paired with another item. :) In the end, it still depends on your confidence and on how you carry yourself. ;)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Seeing through a Button-Down

It's Thank-God-It's-Friday again! It's really one of my favorite days because bye-Friday definitely means hello-weekend. :)

Since it's very hot outside, I decided to wear something that's just light and comfy. I decided to wear the stripe see-through button-down blouse I bought yesterday when I went to Starmall Alabang. As I've told you before, I do love buying and using branded items but I don't really mind wearing clothes bought from somewhere else. For as long as I feel confident and at ease with the outfit, I would definitely strut my style out of it.

Here's my laid-back Friday #ootd by the way. :)

Blouse| Starmall - Alabang
Pants| Wrangler
Watch| Guess
Sneaker Wedges| Keds

Sleeveless tops are indeed of best picks at this season because summer is still at its peak. Laces really give a sweetie-girly aura and light-colored stripes could add up to a smart casual look. And who wouldn't love the sneaker-wedges of Keds? It could go with almost any outfit. It can turn your formal look with a twist, and your ordinary style with a bang!

Cheers to summer because I think the heat is really going to extend. Haha. Happy weekend everyone! :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Live It Loud: Working Out

I wake up at quarter to 5 during weekdays to have a 15-minute workout before having my breakfast. I do ab crunches and some stretching before getting ready for work to awaken my nerves. Also, I still do the same for 15 minutes before finally dozing off at night.

What I am most excited about weekend is not actually the rest mode thing but the point that I would be able to have a full workout. There's really that fulfillment whenever I feel that my muscles are in action. I wake up at around 5 in the morning to do brisk walking and jogging from our house to The District - Imus (Daang Hari Road) then vice versa (around 7 kms, done within approximately one-and-a-half hour). After that, I still do ab crunches and cooling down for 20-30 minutes.

Working out in proper work-out clothes could also increase your enthusiasm (aside from your goal, of course - as for me, I'm working out to have a firm stomach with lady abs). Aside from being on your comfortable clothes, your feet should feel comfy, too. I use my Skechers Tone-up shoes whenever I jog. I used to have my old Nike on but when I saw the Tone-up shoes at Skechers, geez, I bought it right away because it really feels good on the feet (plus it comes with a workout CD)!

I don't do the no-rice diet, BTW. I always eat heavy breakfast, and have little snacks, enough lunch, and light dinner. I don't eat heavy meals in the evening because I've read an article saying that it is advisable to not have them beyond 5PM (unless it's unavoidable, e.g. parties). I also choose tea over coffee now (unless I'm having a Starbucks date) because tea really aids your body in digestion (according to research).

If you want to be physically fit, start young (it's never too late though, if you're no longer on your youth). Engage yourself in sports (I do volleyball and basketball - I'm not really an exceptional player, but at least) and eat well. You may have cheat days (I do have that too), but don't make everyday your cheat day. It's for your body, remember?

Prevention is better than cure. Never stop enhancing yourself. Work it out, dress it up, and live it loud! ;)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Online Shopping: How I See It

Oh summer! :") Haha! I really just felt like posting this photo because it really looks so summer-y. It doesn't have anything to do with this post though. Haha!

I know there are already a bunch of articles about online shopping but I just want to share my insights about it to you, my dear readers. I have been into online shopping lately and it's just as addictive as how real-time shopping is.

I've always loved going around the mall looking for clothes and other stuff, whether or not I have the intention on buying them. It's nice to look for clothes that would fit you well and at the same time, show your mood when you wear them. I can take hours strolling around the mall (especially when I'm with my Mom) just to shop [and sometimes, just window-shop, IYKWIM].

Social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram really do provide a place for online sellers (especially Instagram, in my opinion).

Shopping online really saves time and effort. You need not tag your boyfriend or your best friend along with you because shopping is as easy as one click away. Contact numbers are provided by the sellers and if by any case you get to have an eye for their items, they could just be reached through text, Viber or WeChat. Plus, most of the items that are being sold online are pretty much affordable. So far, I haven't yet encountered any disappointment with regard to the items I bought from online shops (Chiccraze_choppe, Sonyuhsidae_shop, MySassyDoll, InstaWearPH - to name a few, all from IG).

If you know your body well, just a sight of the clothes would actually give you a picture on how they'd look on you. Size frames are also included on the posts, so the clothes' fitting is not much of a big deal (though sometimes you really just don't get lucky and you get to have a wrong estimate of the size).

I'm sort of a fan of branded items to be honest, but I don't mind wearing not-so-known brands or clothes from DivisoriaBaclaran or thrift shops if I find them classy and fab. Fashion is all about showing who you are anyway, and NOT the brands that you're wearing. :)

One more convenience of online shopping is that the items you've ordered could be delivered to the place of your choice. :) It may be at your home or office address, it's all up to you. The sellers do provide tracking numbers for you to monitor the delivery.

Just a tip: NEVER SEND AN ORDER FORM unless you really want the item badly and if you're not a 101% sure buyer. You wouldn't want to be posted on their page as a bogus buyer, would you? Plus, NEVER BUY AN ITEM unless you're really dying to get the item. Or maybe you could try to check your favorite outfit boutique first. If the item you saw online can't be found somewhere or can't be bought cheaper (check your budget also), DON'T BUY IT.

Your closet cravings are indeed a good investment, but don't go overspending on them. Always stick to your lifestyle. If you can't afford the branded stuff, there are a lot of places where you could still buy cheaper ones. It's not about the price tag, honey, it's about how you carry yourself. And always remember, fashion is all about comfort and confidence.

Dress your way! ;)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sun-kissed at Antel Grand Village

Long time, no post. And since I'm out of my smart phone at the moment (it dived yesterday while I was doing a jump shoot on the pool), I guess it's time to say hi again to my blog because I wasn't able to post #ootd's and #selfie's from yesterday's splash out. Haha. And I missed blogging, so, here I am again. :)

We (family & some family friends) went to Antel Grand Village yesterday to enjoy its awesome water park. It is located at General Trias, Cavite (accessible from Manila through Coastal Road via CAVITEX, and Centennial Road, and also, via SLEX through Daang Hari). It's not a public water park though. It's exclusive for the village's lot owners and listed guests.

It's a perfect place to put on your best swimmies if you're too busy to have a beach getaway or if you just really want to chill by the waters. Geez, the place is just so amazing! It's really a "quiet place in the city". The place isn't too crowded (well, it's an exclusive water park, that's why), and it's really a well-maintained amenity of the village. No loud music, no videoke, just pure greens and blues. :)

Anyway, here are my sun-kissed photos taken yesterday:

Swimmies| Chiccraze_shoppe (top) & Sassa (mini-shorts)

Forgive me for my vanity! Haha. Antel Grand Village Water Park has five pools (photos taken from Google Images):

The LaBoracay feels of the Beach Pool! ;)

The Kiddie Pool and the Party Pool are just beside each other. See the Pool Bar?
Hah! Drinks, anyone?! :)

The relaxing Lap Pool with beach beds on the water! This one's my favorite spot.

The Massage Pool Bed is actually the most crowded place. Haha.
I wouldn't wonder why. I even saw a baby sleeping there. LOL.

* credits to the owners of the photos

I suppose that's all for the update. Until next time! ;) xoxo
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