Showing posts from 2013

Au Naturel

Give me BB cream, pressed powder, lip balm, and lip tint and I'm good to go. I'm not really the type of girl who wears all those eye makeup, mascara, blush, lipstick, etc. everyday  but let's face it, makeup is a girl's armor. I do love watching Michelle Phan's makeup tutorials but once in a while it's nice to see something different.

Prabal Gurung Resort 2014

This vacation at home is giving me so much time browsing the net. I've been keeping my eye on, looking at different designers. It's such a breath of fresh air and I have to admit, I miss updating myself in the world of fashion. Prabal Gurung Resort 2014 is a favorite. I love the clean sharp cut, color-blocking, details, such as the feather like material used in the first photo, and patterns, as seen in the second and last photo. And that black, white, and red color combo gown in the fourth photo spells a no nonsense sophistication.

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1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

The Year That Was

Time just went by so fast! In just a few days, we will all be welcoming the new year. But it felt like 2013 just started yesterday. And look where we are now? Seriously, a fast forward button must have been turned on... Before we bid farewell to 2013, let me just go back and see once again what my 2013 was like.
I spent my 26th birthday in Korea. Got my Master's degree.
My family visited me and had their first out-of-the-country vacation.
I decided to have my hair curled the night before going back to the Philippines.

Then, I had a change of heart and had it straightened after a few months.

Went back to research work in the same institute as I have worked before.
But after five and a half stressful months, I resigned.
And thank God, I got a new job right after.

Did a lot of bonding and catching up with friends.
Then, I cut my hair short.
Went home and spent Christmas with family.
So yeah, there goes my 2013. It was a fun yet challenging ride. Though there were also times where I felt like m…

Christmas At Home

Finally, got to spend Christmas with my family!
I hope you guys had a Merry, Merry Christmas!

Safety and December Blues

It's been a really, really long time since I last posted here. The past few weeks was difficult, full of stress and anxiety. I was reminded that people, especially women, face great risks everyday. You'll never know someone's already keeping an eye on your every move. So you have to do the necessary actions to protect yourself. Safety and awareness are the main concerns.

Anyway, onto other matters... It's just a few days before christmas! Can you believe that? But the problem with me is that the christmas spirit hasn't dawned on me yet. Something is missing. Or maybe I'm just getting old. Or maybe I'm still stressed because of the recent unfortunate events. But before christmas passes me by, let me just share the gorgeous photograph of one of my favorite fashion bloggers, keikolynn.

P.S. Since I transferred to a new place, I still don't have a wifi connection. But thankfully, I can use the network connection in my mobile. Thus, this is my first time wri…

On Untaken Exam & Postponed Dream

Today is the date of that exam. That life changing exam. I already paid for the testing fee. Already got my registration form and room assignment. I should have taken it but I didn't. It just doesn't feel right taking it without reviewing well. It's like going to battle unprepared.

Thus, I am once again postponing that dream.
Up to now, I am still not sure which path to take. That dream or the other one? I used to think that when a person is already in his/her mid-twenties, he/she has already decided the path or career to pursue. But I am nowhere in that stage. I am still confuse which one to choose because I love both fields. Argh! If only I am super intelligent, maybe I can pursue both. You see, there's already a degree if you want both. But the selection is very competitive, as well as the funding. And I am not even a laude holder to begin with. Ok, so now I am totally rambling. Sorry guys. But if there's one thing I learned at being twenty six, it's -

You ca…

Super typhoon Haiyan: Stories of Loss, Survival, and Unity

It's heartbreaking seeing all the pictures and videos of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. These people not only lost their houses, personal belongings, things that they all worked for, but they also lost their loved ones. It's one thing losing a property. But nothing compares to losing a mother, father, grandparent, brother, or a sister. For the ones left, for the survivors, life will never be the same again. The stories of loss will forever linger each passing day.

For those who have survived, they now have to face the aftermath of the storm which is rather more difficult. They now have to continue living but without food, water, shelter, and money. Well, even if they have money, there's not much to buy really. It's hard and it's getting harder and harder when you see all the dead bodies of your neighbors. In a place where things were turned upside down, the only thing left is the will and the courage to continue living. It's just sad that some people resort to l…


To all you guys out there who are having a hard time expressing who you really are, those who are in a rough position, those who are in the middle of nowhere, those who are trying to pursue their dreams, and even to those who are living their dreams...
I wanna see you be brave.

Thank you Sara Bareilles for this wonderful, wonderful song! Please continue making inspirational and empowering music.

Resiliency And The Filipino People

Experiencing typhoons is something every Filipino is familiar of. Every year, the country is visited by several typhoons. Typhoon signals consist of 1 (being the weakest) and 4 (the strongest). Yesterday, the Visayas region, which is the central part of the Philippines, was hit  by super typhoon Haiyan, locally named Yolanda. Provinces, such as Leyte, Samar, Cebu, Capiz, Bohol, and parts of Palawan, were under Signal number 4. Here in Luzon, northern part of the country, most provinces were either in Signal number 2 or 1. In the province where I am currently staying, we were in Signal number 2.

But amidst this calamity, there's one thing that depicts the Filipino people...RESILIENCY. 

The statement of one commentor (dudesk001) in a news report perfectly describes what it is all about.
"Time to get to the know the hardy Filipino people...unbelievably resilient, long suffering, good natured, uber friendly, loyal, ingenius, and a bunch of survivors. At the end of the day the Filipin…
Don't be hard on yourself. You've been spending a lot of time thinking about the future. Maybe all you need is this: Just enjoy the moment...the present...what's right in front of you.

Hello November

Ten months have passed already. We're now in the second to the last month of the year. Oh, hello November!

Time runs so fast! But I have no complaints. I'm just thankful because amidst all the challenges and problems I've encountered in the past months, I'm still here standing strong. Through it all, I know that God has always been there for me. He never left me even though there are times that I feel like I do not deserve His love. He never left me even though I'm a sinner. 
Aside from giving thanks, I am also dedicating this day in giving prayers to the souls of my departed loved ones - my lolo and lola in my father's side (lolo is a Filipino word for grandfather and lola for grandmother ), my lolo in my mother's side, my uncles and aunties, and cousins, who were gone too soon. May their souls be in a place of eternal happiness. May their souls be in the loving arms of God. Amen.


What does it mean to live life?

Each one of us has our own answers but no matter what our answer is , there is a force encompassing all of them - the pursuit of happiness.

At this point in my life, my pursuit of happiness revolves around three things, things that I wanted to do, things that I dreamed of.

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To take the test or not?

I paid P1,900 thru bank deposit last Friday. In the form, it says Check your email after two banking days for your payment confirmation email. So I was expecting that I'll receive the confirmation on Tuesday or Wednesday next week. I didn't bother to check my mail yesterday but this morning, lo and behold, I saw the confirmation email (which was sent yesterday night).

In just a matter of one month I'll be taking an exam. I already took it four years ago but I didn't push through with my plan. Honestly, I am not confident right now. I haven't started reviewing yet (the serious type) because I've just left a miserable job and have just started a new work last week. I'm still recovering from the "trauma" the previous job has caused me and still adjusting in my new work environment. I actually wanted to back out and take the exam next year instead. But...maybe I should not delay this anymore. Waaah, one confused girl here! I just hope that if ever I d…
I have always wondered  what it feels to be on the shore  in a winter season.

*Picture taken by me.


Blog Header This morning I did some tweaks here and there and viola, hello to my new [slightly modified] blog header! I'm not a techie person but sometimes a little change in the blog is a refreshing welcome. Same picture as some of you may know; I just cropped the sides, added a filter and an overlay of banner and text. Got the idea from here but I only used one photo editor, the picmonkey. Finally, a bigger and better header!
Goodbye Dear Molar The dentist gave me two options: root canal treatment (RTC) or extraction. RTC is more expensive so I opted for extraction. Last Monday I had my molar removed. It was a bittersweet moment actually. I could have saved my tooth but what's done is done. I can never have my tooth back. After a month I'll be getting a bridge (a replacement for my molar, made of porcelain and will be cemented on my gums). I still miss my real tooth, though.
Independence Day Another bittersweet moment: I had my despedida/farewell party in the lab last Frid…

Saturday shopping: Folio dress

Hello October! Whoa, time passes by so fast!

So yesterday, I had my me-time walking and shopping in SM City Calamba. SM Calamba is part of the chain of SM shopping malls here in the Philippines. Malls are popular places to shop because it's like a One-Stop-Shop, everything you need, it's all in one building. It's very convenient and it's fully air-conditioned (imagine shopping outside with the humid and hot weather? No, please.). SM Mall of Asia (see previous post here) is my favorite but I cannot always go to the city so the solution is: the nearest mall in my area.
Unlike SM Mall of Asia, SM Calamba is much, much smaller. But it's okay. There are still quite a lot of shops to look to.=)
I did my usual sightseeing first before buying anything. I always look first at all the stuff. Then, I saw a pretty white blouse in the mannequin. I checked the rack but the blouses are in sizes bigger than mine. It happens that there are also dresses in the same fabric. So, I tri…

Betina Lou

Betina Lou was launched in 2009 by Marie-Eve Emond, a Montreal designer. In Betina Lou's website, it says  Betina Lou offers timeless, feminine, easy-to-wear pieces. The line blends classic and modern design to create essential pieces with delicate, thoughtful details. Paying homage to the past, Betina Lou’s designs provide a fit and cut that brings together elements of the male wardrobe and history’s female fashion icons. Neutral colours are used along with subtle patterns.I am definitely loving their Spring Summer 2013 collection. It's simple, comfortable, yet chic. It's not too girly and doesn't crave for much attention. It shows, rather, an understated confidence and sophistication.

Photo credits: Betina Lou

Dream Wedding

When I get married someday, I want to have a simple and intimate wedding just like this: Set on a beautiful mountainside and a nearby lake, where everyone is surrounded by fresh air, luscious green landscapes, and still waters.
 It's all in the details...a wooden rotunda with white cloth, ribbons, and a variety of flowers.
And look at the lovely couple! By the way, they are Andy and Sonia. To know more about their love story and to have a peek at their married life, you can visit their Youtube channel, Andy Met Sonia. Sonia is part of the amazing singing duo Jayesslee.
And of course, a beautiful wedding is not without beautiful pictures. Jenny Sun and her team were able to capture the beauty of the event. There's just happiness, love, and magic in every photo. To see more images and details of Andy and Sonia's wedding, you can check Jenny Sun's blog. day.

Photo credits: Jenny Sun Photography